Joe Cilia

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Joe Cilia

Joe Cilia born in Valletta Malta on 14 December, 1947.

From a younger age he like so much to heard music and singing, mostly when he was the area of Cafe’ Premier listening to bands of that years, such as Vinnie Vella Sr., Oscar Lucas, Jojo, Jimmy Dowling, Val Valente and others, when such records began issuers Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Little Richard, Kinks and The Animals.

Joe along with teammate Charles Cutajar formed the duo, The Vagabonds and began singing in festivals after some time together and teammate they split, and Charles joined with the group The Triffidds.

Few months later, in 1965, Joe had an invitation from a band from Luqa The Northbeats to join them as a main singer, The band was composed by leader Joe Fiott (bass guitar / vocals) Charles Sacco (lead guitar / vocals), Tony Costa (rythem guitar) and Emy Said on (drums) later joined them Victor Schembri(organ/vocals).

They played music of pop groups, such of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Kinks, The Monkeys, The Animal,The Hollies, etcc. They even played at weddings and in various places British services around Malta, in dance Halls such as the Phoenica, Palace, and open air shows such Premier Cafe’,Sea Breeze Rocky Vale, and other several places, they even made also some tours to Sicily where the go along with such Maltese singers girls like Stella and Carmen Cordina and Carmen Xerri know as (Rita Pavone of Malta).

Near the end of 1971 The Northbeats was stopped, and shortly after the group was formed again with the name of Life with Joe Cilia, Charles Sacco, Victor Schembri all ex-The Northbeats and other two members Michael Galea and Emy Dingli ex members of Gogocats, after few weeks joined them Alfred Scicluna on lead guitar, now the group changed his style again and began to playing rock music, tipo Led Zepplin, Cream, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, the group combined together until the end of 1972.

Joe in 1974 joined another group The Keepers the line-up was Saviour Cardona on organ, Carmel Camilleri on bass, and Horace Caruana as lead guitarand vocals, the drummer was Lapira but he after few months left the band, Joe contact one of his school teammate Tony Camilleri ex-drummer of another good band The Jaywalkers to join them, and now The Keepers change the name of another time to Life.

In this time Life begun to issure song disc on 45 rpm and got a great successes to by one of the songs wright by Tony Camilleri “Ftakar Żmien l-Imgħoddi” and “Imħabba Tagħna” with this success try another two songs by Tony Camilleri again “Qawsalla” as an A-Side and B-Side “Paċi Vera”, the band contiune playing pop music of famous english bands, like Smokie and Hot chocolate, and playing various venues including Premier Cafe' and Brittania and several other dancing halls, the group stopped in 1999.

Time passes by and today Joe is retired from singing, but he was in heaven, when sometimes from time to time he meet with his fellow members and several other groups members, in a reunion organized by Maltese Joe Demicoli and teammate Lawrence Magrin and residing sing along and playing great numbers of hits from the 60s discs 70 and 80 and depicting back those beautiful memories of past.

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