Vince’s Notes: Hear a true Rockford original, Joey Irving, March 1 at Kryptonite

Joey Irving

By Vince Chiarelli

Who’s Vince and what are his notes? Well, I am Vince Chiarelli, and I will be bringing you my thoughts on the Rockford music scene.

I am a 22-year-old musician, accountant and the station manager of Rockford College Radio. Observing that I helped restart Rockford College Radio, re-established my grandfather’s record label Vincent Records, and have dabbled in all things musical, Frank Schier, The Rock River Times’ editor and publisher, saw me as fit to write this weekly column. For that, I want to say “thank you” to Frank and compliment him for giving the younger generation a voice.

Each week, I’ll be writing about original Rockford musicians, local music shows, Rockford College Radio shows, and basically anything having to do with Rockford music and entertainment. So, let’s get to it!

My biggest inspiration is my grandfather, Vince Chiarelli. Many of you may know him as Vince the Tailor. However, most of you may not know that he was quite a musician and owned his own record label and music publishing company. While I can go on all day about his legacy, the most important thing he taught me was to be original and to never be afraid to take risks.

I grew up learning about the vast music history of this town, and saw firsthand how many people spent their lives trying to fulfill their love of music. So, I’ve spent my entire life appreciating those musicians who have never given up, and I want to help them share their music with future generations and not let this originality be consumed by dust in closets and basements.

This week, I want to focus on one of the greatest funk/soul/R&B artists to come out of the Rockford area, and that man is Joey Irving. Over the course of his career, two major record labels and four independents signed Joey, including Vincent Records. Although Joey toured with Wilson Pickett and gained much popularity, especially in Europe, much of his music has still not been heard. When you listen to Joey’s music, his astounding falsetto transports you to the mid-’70s. Joey is still a proud Vincent Records artist, and some of his songs are for sale on our website,

I am proud to say that Joey Irving will be playing at 9 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., Rockford.

Last September at the Sullivan Center, Joey charmed the Ethnic Heritage Museum’s Jazz and Blues Festival audience, and left them begging for more. The March 1 event will be Joey’s first full-length performance in Rockford in 30 years. Please try to make plans to come see Joey, because you will definitely walk away amazed.

Joey and his keyboardist, Norman Bryant, have been working together for more than 30 years, and it’s not very often that you get to hear true Rockford originals like them.

If you want to learn more about Joey’s career in music, check out my Rockford College Radio show Rockford Originals. Each Thursday at 7 p.m., I interview original Rockford musicians and talk about their music careers and give them an avenue to play their music. Please visit, and under Rockford Original Podcasts you will be able to hear Joey Irving’s story, in addition to all the other great Rockford original musicians I’ve interviewed in the past. In preparation for his show this weekend, I will be rebroadcasting my interview with Joey this Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

Please contact Vince Chiarelli if you have any original Rockford music or radio suggestions. He can be reached at

From the Feb. 27-March 5, 2013, issue

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