Pauly and the Goodfellas (Left to right) Marty, Pauly, Reese, Joey
Pauly and the Goodfellas
"THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL" was born in America’s south; the musical child of gospel, ragtime, and the blues. It was first heard in the cotton fields, plantations and in the small towns and villages on both sides down the mighty Mississippi River. It was new, different, special, and held a beat and a feel that, once heard, could not be denied. It traveled up the Mississippi at a time when Americans were struggling to find their new identity after a depression, a war, and social upheaval that would change the face and sound of not just America, but the entire continent. This new sound transformed the lives of everyone who heard it, black and white, and it struck a musical chord deep in the heart of North American youth, who sang and danced it into the mainstream with a joy and a drive that could not be denied. That music was SOUL!
Soul transformed the American musical landscape and it became the sound of a new, youthful generation, bringing with it a fresh, funky sound that made it impossible to deny. With Soul’s arrival, North America saw and heard a new kind of entertainment, with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, and a galaxy of other Soulful stars that took the continent by storm. That Soulful sound is still with us today, stronger and funkier than ever, and tonight we bring it to you live with all its excitement!
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, Pauly and the Goodfellas!
- The Toronto Sun
Paul Saunders is the founder and fearless leader of “The History Of Rock And Soul Starring Pauly and The Goodfellas”. Paul’s career has spanned over 45 years. He started in the 1960’s in Toronto’ Yorkville Village, Canada’s version of NYC’s Greenwich Village,
playing in Coffee houses and out door festivals, opening for the greatest acts of the times like Steppenwolf, BB King, Sly And The Family Stone, and many others major acts.
Paul moved from there to Toronto’s Royal Alexander Theatre in the Canadian production of “Hair” and then to Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the long-running production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring as King Herod to rave reviews in “Billboard and Variety’ Magazines. Paul has many feature film and TV credits as a film and TV Actor.
Check out his IMDB Actors profile and his personal website : http://pauljamessaunders.com
Paul is also proud of his long-running song writing career that led him to a 2 year contract with Epic Records in LA. in the mid-70’s and he is still writing and recording, songs for himself and many other artists.
Reese Brunelle is a singer,songwriter, director and producer. He has Directed award winning theatre productions such as "Forever plaid", "Rocky Horror" and "Grease". Reese is also an artist who works in many fields, from props and sets, to video editing and effects, to music composition and audio fx. Being a clown onstage comes naturally, as he's been hamming it up in the goodfellas show for over 28years.
Joey has been called "The Sweetest Singer This Side of The Equator". Some of his musical performances include "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Man of La Mancha", "Hello Dolly", and "The Sound of Music". Joey is also a prolific songwriter, writing well over 100 songs. He is also known as a triple threat-Great Singer, Great Dancer, Great Eater!!
Born in Bristol, England, Marty came to Toronto and attended St. Michaels Choir School. At the age of eight he was performing at Massey Hall. During the 70's & 80's Marty created New Direction and Night fever, showbands that toured Canada and the U.S over a 14 year period and still found time to sing on many jingles at various studios. 5 successful seasons at Ontario Place led to an 8 month contract on a small island in the Southern Grenadines. As a songwriter and recording artist he yielded 2 singles " Tears runnin down " and "Come Runnin' Back" that hit 12 & 14 on the top 100 Country Chart.