▶ Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry was and American funk rock band. Rob Parissi (lead vocals & guitar) was raised in the steel mill town of Mingo Junction, Ohio. Parissi graduated from Mingo High School in 1968. Rob formed the band Wild Cherry in 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio. Lineup: Ben Difabbio (d,v), Louie Osso (g,l and bv), Larry Brown (b,lv), Larry Mader (k,l and b vocals), Ron Vallera (g,bv), Rob Parissi (lv,g).