The Rokes

Profile:
The Rokes were one of the more unusual British Invasion-era groups to come out of England, if only for the pattern and locale of their success. They never sold many records in England, or any in America, but they were a major act in Italy. London-born Shel Shapiro (b. 1943) had broken into music as a guitarist and singer with Rob Storm & the Whispers. He played in Hamburg as a member of the Shel Carson Combo and then became a member of the band backing Colin Hicks, the brother of Tommy Steele, on an extended tour of Italy in 1963 as The Cabin Boys. They got the attention of a manager in Italy who got them to sever their ties to Hicks and rename themselves the Rokes. Their debut release under their new name was a single of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" that failed to sell. Another recording effort, this time in Italian, failed, but their future releases would all be in Italian, with English-language versions issued overseas. That same year, the Rokes also won second place in a poll of the most popular beat groups in Italy. Their big success and their major impact on the world of rock & roll beyond Italy, however, came when Shapiro co-authored a song called "Piangi Con Me," a hit for the group in Italy and later released in England by the group as "Let's Live for Today." That record not only sold more than two million copies, but became one of the most enduring hit singles of its period, with a special meaning to Vietnam veterans, and stylistically, was a forerunner of a sound that Bruce Springsteen would become a star with nine years later. The Rokes never benefited from the song's success in America. They remained an Italian phenomenon, scoring a number two hit in 1967. They remained in vogue in Italy, even crossing paths with the Cowsills at the San Remo Festival in 1968, and continued to chart records there into 1969. By then, the public taste for pop/rock in Italy was changing and the group broke up during the summer of 1970. Shapiro continued to write songs and produce records, forming his own label in Milan in 1977, while the other members of the group eventually left the music business.

MEMBERS:

Norman David "Shel" Shapiro - Guitar, Vocals
Vic Briggs replaced by John Charlton - Guitar, Vocals
Bob Posner - Bass, Vocals
Mike Shepstone - Drums, Vocals
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The Rokes Discography Tracks

Albums

The Rokes - The Rokes album art The Rokes The Rokes (Album) Arc (5) Argentina 1965 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Volume 2° album art The Rokes Volume 2° (Album) Arc (5) Argentina 1966 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Che Mondo Strano album art The Rokes Che Mondo Strano (Album) Arc (5) Italy 1966 Sell This Version
ALP 11006 The Rokes - The Rokes album art The Rokes The Rokes(LP, Album, Gat) Arc (5) ALP 11006 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
74321-12265-2 The Rokes - Dal Vivo Al Teatro Parioli-1969 album art The Rokes Dal Vivo Al Teatro Parioli-1969(CD, Album) BMG Ariola S.p.A. 74321-12265-2 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
CD DV 5866 The Rokes - The Rokes In Concerto album art The Rokes The Rokes In Concerto(CD) D.V. More Record CD DV 5866 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
64 OSM 108 The Rokes - 2 Ore Con... album art The Rokes 2 Ore Con...(2xCD, Album) On Sale Music 64 OSM 108 Italy 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Rokes - Un'Anima Pura album art The Rokes Un'Anima Pura (Single) Arc (5), Arc (5) Italy 1964 Sell This Version
AN 4013, AN-4013 The Rokes - Shake, Rattle And Roll / Quando Eri Con Me album art The Rokes Shake, Rattle And Roll / Quando Eri Con Me(7") Arc (5), Arc (5) AN 4013, AN-4013 Italy 1964 Sell This Version
The Rokes - C'È Una Strana Espressione Nei Tuoi Occhi album art The Rokes C'È Una Strana Espressione Nei Tuoi Occhi Arc (5) Italy 1965 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Grazie A Te album art The Rokes Grazie A Te Arc (5) Italy 1965 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi album art The Rokes Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi (Single) Arc (5) Turkey 1966 Sell This Version
The Rokes - È La Pioggia Che Va album art The Rokes È La Pioggia Che Va (Single) Arc (5) Italy 1966 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Ascolta Nel Vento album art The Rokes Ascolta Nel Vento Arc (5) Italy 1966 Sell This Version
The Wilders Brothers - The Rokes The Wilders Brothers - The Rokes - Captain James Harrod / I Would Give The World (Single) RCA Italy 1966 Sell This Version
31A-0914 The Rokes - Que Culpa Tenemos Nosotros = Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi album art The Rokes Que Culpa Tenemos Nosotros = Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi(7") RCA Victor 31A-0914 Argentina 1966 Sell This Version
LC-16142 The Rokes - Take A Look / The Wind Will Carry Them By album art The Rokes Take A Look / The Wind Will Carry Them By(7", Mono) RCA Victor LC-16142 Brazil 1966 Sell This Version
JBAN 4107 The Rokes - Che Mondo Strano  album art The Rokes Che Mondo Strano (7", Jukebox) Arc (5) JBAN 4107 Italy 1966 Sell This Version
47g 1319 The Rokes - Walking The Dog / Il Primo Sintomo album art The Rokes Walking The Dog / Il Primo Sintomo(7", Single) RCA Victor 47g 1319 Greece 1966 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Cercate Di Abbracciare Tutto Il Mondo Come Noi / Regency Sue album art The Rokes Cercate Di Abbracciare Tutto Il Mondo Come Noi / Regency Sue (Single) Arc (5) Italy 1967 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Let's Live For Today album art The Rokes Let's Live For Today (Single) RCA Victor US 1967 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Let's Live For Today / Ride On album art The Rokes Let's Live For Today / Ride On (Single) RCA Victor UK 1967 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Bisogna Saper Perdere / Non Far Finta Di No album art The Rokes Bisogna Saper Perdere / Non Far Finta Di No (Single) Arc (5), Arc (5) Italy 1967 Sell This Version
The Rokes - Eccola Di Nuovo / Ricordo Quando Ero Bambino album art The Rokes Eccola Di Nuovo / Ricordo Quando Ero Bambino (Single) Arc (5) Italy 1967 Sell This Version
RCA 1646 The Rokes - Hold My Hand album art The Rokes Hold My Hand(7") RCA Victor RCA 1646 UK 1967 Sell This Version