George Morgio started his musical career in the mid 1960's. He was the lead singer and songwriter for NAIF, the North Atlantic Invasion Force, a band he formed in 1964. NAIF achieved success in the Southern Connecticut area, releasing Blue and Green Gown, Sweet Bird of Love and Elephant in My Tambourine, all of which hit the local charts.
During this time, NAIF played clubs, colleges, and concerts, opening for groups such as The Rascals, The Rolling Stones, The McCoys, The Searchers, The Zombies, Vanilla Fudge, and George Carlin. In 1968, their recording of Black on White hit #1 in Southern Connecticut and was on the national music charts. The hit was played on nationally televised American Bandstand and radio stations throughout the country.
George pursued a solo career, playing original songs in clubs, colleges, and concerts in the early 1970's. In 1973 he took some time off from music, which turned into a thirty-plus year sabbatical. During this period he was involved in the demands of building up a successful antiques business.
The History of Garage Bands in the 60's: Volume I was released in 1995. The CD was a retrospective of NAIF, containing 14 original works, including 7 songs previously unreleased.
With the release of his CD Listen in the Dark, George has returned to his love and passion, writing and performing original material. His songs are emotional journeys touching on love, the environment, world peace, the homeless, politics, and the human condition.
Shaka & the Soul Shakers Duo
During the late 70’s while still a restless street punk, Shaka was bitten by the barrelhouse bug in a big way. Soon he was spending countless hours amassing and absorbing an ever expanding collection of 33 1/3 l.p.'s, 45's & 78 rpm Rhythm & Blues records, a passion which continues on today in the digital age! Before long he would also discover that many of the musicians which he enjoyed listening to on record were still very much alive and actively performing on college campuses, at festivals, and at nightclubs in the area, some right in his own back yard!
Shaka toured with David "Honeyboy" Edwards overseas, he also recorded "Blues Blood" with his brother Tom, on the German label Acoustic Music Records.
Blues Blood featured guest appearances by both Honeyboy Edwards and long time friend Louisiana Red.
While a New Orleans resident Shaka fronted Shaka & the Swamptones on Bourbon Street and a later project called Shaka's Harp & Soul.
Literally a survivor of hurricane Katrina's devastating floods, relocated to Birmingham, Alabama (a fish out of flood water), before resettling in Connecticut, his place of birth.
In 2011 Shaka and SoulShaker guitarist Tony C won the Connecticut Blues Society's Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo category, finishing as semi finalists at the International Challenge in Memphis, TN.