LaFlavour ~ Variety Entertainment
LaFlavour began humbly in Massillon, Ohio in 1967. Twin brothers Pete and Steve Nervo (guitar and drums) joined with schoolmates Craig DeBock(guitar and sax) and Gino Milchak (bass guitar) to form the core of what would actually become several bands. Instead of following the path set by the British Invasion, the boys began playing soul tunes and early Motown, Blues Souleventually getting gigs at local dances and sockhops.This early version of the band first called themselves "The Noblemen", then "The Blues Soul". By the mid-1970s,the boys had progressed into one of the hottest dance bands in the area, and eventually began traveling as the show band"Ragweed". Thanks to notable Akron club owner Arnie "Red" Shapiro, they came to the attention of top entertainment booking agent John Sansone from Buffalo, NY,who took over the booking for the band and decided to re-name them "Flavour". The Boys became "LaFlavour" with the release of the album "Mandolay" in 1980, Mandolaywhich was written and produced by Mark Avsec (of Donnie Iris and Wild Cherry fame), as well as a great composition (Rollershake) by Chris Wintrip & George Payne, and dance favorite "When The Whistle Blows", co-written by Pete Nervo and Mark Avsec. Two singles from the album made the Billboard charts, with Mandolay reaching #7 on the Club Dance/Disco chart, and "Only The Lonely" cracking the Hot 100 as a pop single.