Joe Bracco; Songwriter and Musician

Joe Bracco, born May 2, 1960 on Long Island NY, is but one of the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of bright talents lost to AIDS; he passed away March 3, 1991 in NYC. I did not have the pleasure of attending any of his performances; although he did occasionally perform with Romanovsky & Phillips he did not travel to Canada with them. He had a ‘day job’ in NYC and performed mostly in and around that city.

In fact, I did not know of Joe until I was working on re-designing the official Romanovsky & Phillips website and found an entry at J.D. Doyle’s QueerMusicHeritage.com referencing Paul’s work to complete Joe’s True To Myself album.

Much more information on Joe and his career, as well as the complete contents of the True To Myself cassette are archived at QMH (link above). According to Paul, there is pretty much no chance of re-issuing the cassette- the master files might not exist. That being the case, I don’t feel guilty about publicizing that the tracks may be downloaded free. Of course should you wish to honour Joe and his work a donation to an hiv/aids non-profit of your choice would not be a bad thing.

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