Alive ‘N Kickin’ long-time frontman, Pepe Cardona has died.
Recognized properly within the bar scene in Rockaway, in addition to the Bronx, higher Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Jersey Shore and the Hamptons, the band rose to prominence when the music, Tighter and Tighter made it to
Pepe Cardona, the male singer to the Band Alive and Kicking, whose music “Tighter, Tighter” made it to #7 on the U.S. charts, earned a gold document for promoting a million singles in 1970.
This feel-good pop music was the one hit for Alive ‘N Kickin’, a six-member band fronted by feminine lead Sandy Toder and male lead Pepe Cardona. The music was written and produced by Tommy James after his group The Shondells dissolved.
Cardona was an avid seashore lover and ardent patriot – identified for sporting an American Flag on his microphone.
Alive ‘N Kickin’ was a staple in the summertime music scene and a daily a part of the road as much as the Katz Live performance Collection, a free live performance sponsored by former Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz.
Cardona was identified with Stage three pancreatic most cancers in August 2019.
Remembered by good friend Frances Cozzolino, who has organized a Go Fund Me fundraiser to assist with bills calls Cardona “an excellent particular person, humanitarian and gifted artist. Lover of all folks, all music, baseball, legos, and an enormous Star Wars fan”.
The native musician generally known as “Chris Solo”, memorialized Cardona on his Fb web page by saying “He was an area legend to say the least. The man was really among the finest frontmen round, somebody all of us in that circuit of NY musicians revered for positive. His longevity is a testimonial to his expertise and love of music. He was singing and actually dancing on tables with the vitality of a 20-year-old after 50 plus years of gigs. RIP Pepe, among the finest.”