Bocky was the name used by Robert J. DiPasquale, lead singer of
Bocky and the Visions, arguably Cleveland, Ohio's most popular pre- British Invasion rock and rollband. Bocky and the Visions had several regional hits in the early 1960s, most notably "I'm Not Worth It", a cover of James Brown's "I Go Crazy" and "Spirit of '64".
Born in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood in 1941, DiPasquale began his musical career in the 1950s with a
doo-wopband called simply The Visions. The band's manager, Redda Robbins, recognized DiPasquale's talents and changing tastes in music. She repackaged DiPasquale as the front manfor a rock and roll band.
Bocky and the Visions opened concerts for some of the biggest names in music during the early-mid 1960s including
Leslie Gore, The Animals, the Rolling Stonesand the Dave Clark Five. After Bocky and the Visions' popularity waned DiPasquale fronted a band called Little Caesar and the Empirein Cleveland. His last musical endeavors were as a vocalist with a psychedelic band called Wazoo.
DiPasquale was the victim of an unsolved
homicidein February 1988. His body was discovered in East Cleveland, Ohio( Cleveland Plain Dealer, newspaper, February 22, 1988). The case remains open and is once again being actively investigated (Cleveland Plain Dealer, article by Damian Guevarra, December 24, 2005).
* [http://writer.zoho.com/public/28186/41202 New Investigation into 1960s Cleveland Rock Star's Murder?, Joseph Neely]
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