October 20, 2006
The youngest of 10 children, Marinaro was performing in his hometown of Buffalo, New York before moving to Chicago in 2000. Since, Marinaro and Paluch have been the headlining performances at Gentry on State, Cornelias on Halsted and 3160 as well as this year's Mr. Continental pageant.
As for the history, Marinaro introduces each song by sharing his personal experiences with the music. "You have to live these things in order to sing about them," he says, "[This music] wasn't meant to be 'covered' by other artists; they were meant to be autobiographical." The biography of Marinaro's music ranges from personal heartbreak to meeting the song's original recording artists. Anita O'Day, for instance, chose a stage name that was Pig Latin for "dough." She wanted to make some dough. "At least that's what she told me," says Marinaro.
Williams credits Marinaro for inspiring his new sense of musical appreciation. To that, Marinaro responds: "If it was good enough for Frank Sinatra, its' good enough for you."
Paul Marinaro can be found online at www.paulmarinaro.com