Sonny Geraci

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Geraci in 1972.

Sonny Geraci (b. 22 November 1947) is an American musician and singer, best known as the former lead singer of musical groups The Outsiders and Climax.

Geraci first became known as the original lead vocalist with The Outsiders, a band from Cleveland, Ohio. The Outsiders recorded for Capitol Records, turning out four Top 40 hits: "Time Won't Let Me", "Respectable (What Kind of Girl Is This)", "Girl in Love", and "Help Me Girl", which was arranged by Chuck Mangione.

Geraci's biggest hit song was "Precious and Few" (first released as a single on July 16, 1971) as lead vocalist for Climax, which reached #3 on the Billboard charts.[1] Climax released their debut album, "Climax featuring Sonny Geraci", in 1972. Despite the success of the single, Sonny Geraci never released another album with Climax and the group disbanded in 1975.[1] A second album of material was almost completed but never released.

In 1983, Sonny assumed the pseudonym Peter Emmett for an MCA project called "The Peter Emmett Story". Intended as a comeback vehicle for Geraci, he was backed in the studio by Donnie Iris's band, The Cruisers. A band called North Coast, pictured on the album sleeve, was put together after the recording had been made with The Cruisers. The band played shows in the Cleveland/Akron area before disbanding a few years later.

After 25 years away from the music industry, Geraci started to perform again and in 2007 toured under the name "Sonny Geraci and The Outsiders". In April 2012, Geraci suffered a brain aneurysm (specifically, a cerebral arteriovenous malformation), requiring intensive care.[2]

Geraci, who grew up in Cleveland, is now recovering in a medical facility in that city.


  1. ^ a b Adams, Deanna R. (2002). Rock 'n' roll and the Cleveland connection. Kent State University Press. pp. 58–59. ISBN 0-87338-691-4. 
  2. ^ "Oldies Music News". Retrieved 2012-05-08. 

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