Benny Faiella

Benny Faiella plays bass and was an original member of Pittsburgh’s The Jaggerz. In 1965, teaming with Donnie Iris and Jimmie Ross, Faiella established The Jaggerz that soon became one of Pittsburgh’s premier bands. With Benny on bass, they released the single “The Rapper”, which launched up to #2 in 1970 on the Billboard Hot 100, but could not knock off Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”. The hit landed them national attention and opened the door for multiple opportunities. Faiella played bass for The Jaggerz from 1965-1977 until the band split up. Having gone through multiple changes over the first dozen year, Benny was the only hold over from the band’s inception in 1965 when they disbanded. In 1989, Faiella and Jimmie Ross returned as The Jaggerz reunited and the band continues to entertain fans in and around the Pittsburgh area to this day.