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My father Ross Petitto, whom many know simply as Ross the Barber in Seville, Ohio, is also a very creative and talented songwriter and musician. He has been entertaining folks with his music since the late 1950's and I made this website to honor his talents and to give more people a chance to discover and enjoy his orginal tunes.
In the late ‘50s at age nine, my dad was transposing accordian sheet music to fit his alto sax, adding counter parts and riffs to compliment his brother’s keyboards. They were already playing in bars on Cleveland’s west side. His performing in the Rock Hall of Fame town continued for forty years. Writing and recording began by mid 1960's and the early ‘70s saw an MGM record contract achieved. My father was thrilled hearing self-composed tunes blasting over radio waves. Travel across America ensued along with marriage and a few of us rug rats toting along. By the 80s with no “hit” record, reality and real jobs set in. The dream was over. “I’m Italian, we sing…or cut hair” he'd say, and so he opened a few hair salons.
My dad continued writing and recording. Living in today’s digital world, I’ve asked him for a few tunes that I could share online. Eventually he agreed and so I’m presenting many years of some of my father’s work. All songs are written and all parts performed by him. The recordings are pretty sophisticated considering it was all done in a tiny room in his basement.
It is my wish that you will enjoy this glimpse into a lifetime of a dreamer. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The tunes are insightful and entertaining. My father calls them “music to mow grass by.” Have a listen and you decide.
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