Contact Us

Peppi Marchello of the Good Rats Dies at 68

Peppy Marchello
GoodRats.com

Peppi Marchello, lead singer of the Good Rats, died on Wednesday, July 10 from a heart attack, just weeks after having open heart surgery. He was 68.

The news of Marchello’s passing was broken via Facebook by his wife, Melanie Landau Kerwin. “Today Rock N Roll lost one of its greatest singer songwriters of all time. Unfortunately I have the most unbearable news to let all of Peppi Marchello’s fans, family and friends know that he passed away.”

The Good Rats formed in Long Island in 1964 and were originally known as the U-Men. After their first singer was drafted to fight in Vietnam, Marchello took over the role. The band released their self-titled debut LP in 1969. It featured a raw and raucous take on the garage band ethic handed down by the British Invasion bands. In later years they would settle into a more straight ahead rock and roll style.

In the early ’70s, the Good Rats signed to Warner Brothers Records and found themselves sharing stages with everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Rush and the Grateful Dead. Once dubbed “the world’s most famous unknown band” by Rolling Stone, the Good Rats were known for the exciting and often wild live shows. They built a cult following with dedicated fans around the world, but were most beloved in their native Tri-state area.

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick — a member of the Good Rats from 1980 to 1983 — remembered Marchello on his website, calling him a man of “powerful voice, songwriting skills, and wild live performance nature.” He added, “Let’s remember Peppi, with that baseball bat in his hand, leading strong band members throughout the years and entertaining his fans from his heart and soul.”

Marchello’s publicist Clifford Meth told LongIsland.com, “Peppi’s life was about his family and his music. His love for songwriting and performing never diminished and he continued playing as many as 100 times each year until the very end.” The band were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Next: See Other Rockers We've Lost in 2013

Listen to ‘The Hobo’ by the Good Rats

More Local News

Latest Rock Report

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://b1027.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on B102.7 - Sioux Falls Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on B102.7 - Sioux Falls Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!