Vinny Straccia

Vinny Straccia - North Shore Acappella

Vinny grew up in Boston's colorful Italian North End neighborhood. His love of singing came from listening to records his father would bring home. Vinny sang in his school choir and was also influenced by listening to an older neighborhood group called The Delphonics singing harmony. Vinny "borrowed" the Delphonics' name and started his own street corner group. Their first paying gig - $5.00 each - was at the Rose Coffee House in the North End.

Upon returning from Vietnam in 1969, Vinny joined soul group The Betterway which included Bobby Crowley, Tommy Fleming, Jimmy Martini, and Richie Willis. In 1975 Vinny, Bobby, and Guy Chiapponi formed Breakaway which quickly became one of New England's premier disco show bands.

In 1980 Vinny's baritone became one of the original voices of North Shore Acappella along with Bobby Crowley, Guy Chiapponi, Maureen Vadala and Richie Willis. Sadly, Bobby passed away in 2004.

Vinny’s passion for singing has been influenced by Earl Carrol (The Cadillacs), Al Johnson (The Unifics), Eddie Levert (The O’Jays’), Ollie Woodson (The Temptations), and Donny Hathaway.