1968

Charisma "Charisma came about from diverging roots emanating from 3 directions. The core of Charisma was Rich Tortorigi (drummer) and George Tyrell (bass player). Both were members of a New Britain, Connecticut soul band called The Mantiques. The Mantiques had been one of the three main horn-based bands in New Britain in the mid to late 60’s, along with Detroit Soul and The Paramounts. Paramounts drummer, Tyrone Lampkin went on to play with Gutbucket and the Parliament Funkadelics.

In 1968, Rich Tortorigi recruited Tom Majesky to play guitar with The Mantiques, following their breakup. Tom enlisted Bernie Kornowicz, former bassist of The Last Five, to share guitar and organ duties. The final addition to the group was folk singer Mike DeLisa to sing lead. Tom and Bernie brought the rock and roll element to the Mantiques and Mike brought the band an element of folkiness."

Track List

  1. What's It Like?
  2. A Truth Emerged
  3. Happy Song
  4. Where Do We Go from Here?
  5. Yesterday's Folks
  6. Marianne
  7. Miss Willoughby
  8. Death of Me
  9. Bang Bang
  10. If You're Waitin' for a Miracle
  11. Suzanne Gives
  12. Take Me Away