Joe Retta

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Musical artist

Joseph Stephen Azzaretto (born September 5, 1964 Rochester, New York) is an American musician, songwriter, singer, drummer, guitarist, actor, and also plays lap steel, keyboards, flute, harmonica and percussion.[1][2] He is best known for being lead singer in The Sweet, Heaven & Earth and Dio Disciples.

Music career

1980s - 1990s

Retta’s career in music began in the 1980s in Southern California. He was a vocalist who sang jazz, R&B and rock. He was a single father of two daughters, whose mother had died of cancer, but maintained as a session singer for television and radio. By 1990, Retta and most of the members of Miami Sound Machine created and recorded an album under the name “Kimera” with the Japanese label EMI/Toshiba.

In Los Angeles, he guest-starred on the ABC TV show Cop Rock, and performed a solo song on the show.[3][4]


In 2006 he toured with Gregg Rolie (original singer and keyboardist for Santana and Journey). Retta sang the Steve Perry songs with Gregg Rolie Band, which included Rolie, Michael Carabello, Ron Wikso, Adrian Areas, Wally Minko, Alphonso Johnson and Kurt Griffey.[5][6]

In 2006, he joined The Sweet as their new lead singer.[2] With Sweet, (Steve Priest, Richie Onori, Stuart Smith and Steve Stewart, Retta toured North and South America singing classic Sweet songs.[2]

2010 - present

Retta, Sweet guitarist Stuart Smith, and Sweet drummer Richie Onori later wrote original rock songs together. Together, they recorded their original music under Smith’s previously used name, Heaven & Earth. They released the album “Dig” in 2013 and have a self-titled album planned for release in 2017.[1]

Retta also toured with the rock supergroup, World Classic Rockers (Nick St. Nicholas, Michael Monarch, Aynsley Dunbar, Greg Walker, Fran Cosmo and Randall Hall) in 2013-2014. In the same year Retta joined Dio Disciples as lead singer along with bandmates Craig Goldie, Simon Wright (musician), Bjorn England and Scott Warren.[no citations needed here]

In 2015 Retta went on tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra as Lead Singer, with Paul Oneil, Jon Olivia and Al Pitrelli. The following year he performed lead vocals with Creedence Clearwater Revisited (original members: Stu Cook & Doug Cosmo Clifford).[7]

Today, Retta is still lead singer of The Sweet, Heaven & Earth and Dio Disciples.