Jimmy Fracassi


Jimmy Fracassi was born and raised in the Belmont Avenue (“Little Italy”) section of the Bronx, home to Dion DiMucci and Chazz Palminteri. He began playing guitar at the age of 13, and started working as a musician at 15…and has continued to do so ever since. Jimmy began working in local clubs and then started performing with different groups all over the tri-state area. He was the original guitarist on the song, “Barbara Ann,” recorded by The Regents. However, he is best known for the years he spent recording and performing with Larry Chance and The Earls. During that time, he had many hit records, and also had the opportunity to back legendary artists such as Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Dionne Warwick, to name a few. Several years ago, he toured with Dion, coming full circle with his own Bronx roots. In 2008 Jimmy was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame as one of the original members of Larry Chance and the Earls. He has taught guitar and mandolin in the New York area for many years, and has students of all ages and skill levels. Jimmy is currently still living in the Bronx (on City Island), and is the now the lead guitarist for The Bronx Wanderers.