Phil Giallombardo immediately established himself in the music world when at the age of 16, he took his “Farfisa” organ and his ability to carry a tune and became one of the original members of the “James Gang”!
He quickly developed his talent playing with guitarist Glenn Schwartz, who went on to pursue his passion for blues with “Pacific Gas & Electric”. Joe Walsh soon replaced Glenn and several gold albums later Joe went on to a solo career and later joined the “Eagles”.
But when it first looked like the “gang” was calling it quits, Phil, Joe and drummer Jim Bonfanti formed a group called “Pie”. Though the “James Gang” was on shaky ground, in a weird twist of fate ABC Dunhill heard Joe live, offered the “gang” a contract and the rest is history.
Phil and Jim started a new version of The Choir, a band that enjoyed a few hits before it disbanded. Jim hooked up with Eric Carmen and formed a pop group called the “Raspberries” who had several Top 40 hits. Phil turned down a role with the “Raspberries” to form a progressive trio with Tom Kriss (the original “James Gang” bass player) and drummer Joe Vitale (who also played in “Barnstorm” with Walsh and later worked with the “Eagles”).
Phil was in a variety of other progressive groups, before he was asked to rejoin the “James Gang” to try and capture their old sound and played on its last album, “Jesse Come Home”, and toured with the group until it finally broke up for good a few years later.
He had an opportunity to tour with “Ambrosia” when their keyboard player decided he was tired of the road, but Phil was working on a new project with the Belkin Brothers in Cleveland, that included members of “Wild Cherry” (Play that Funky Music) and the “Michael Stanley Band”. Personalities clashed just as Phil was asked to tour with Bob Seger, who had remembered him from several shows they had played together. When that didn’t work out, Phil decided to forget performing and began to concentrate on songwriting and studio work on both keyboards and vocals.
In the mid 90’s, Phil became more involved with his faith and began to write more and more Christian songs. When he moved to North Carolina in 2000, he formed a Christian group a few years later and called it “Wing and a Prayer”. After releasing 4 CD’s over the last 12 years where Phil wrote, arranged, and produced most of the songs, he decided to try his hand at something else - although his faith is still a guiding force.
To let off some steam in his later years, Phil decided to get back to his roots and play some classic rock. When he went to place an ad on Craig’s List, he happened to notice a post by Billy Darr looking for a “smokin’” keyboard player to join a classic rock band. Clockworx is the result.