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Married Life of Donnie Iris With His Wife; Blessed With Two Daughters | Millions of Net Worth & Songs

Married Life of Donnie Iris With His Wife; Blessed With Two Daughters | Millions of Net Worth & Songs

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Donnie Iris is an American musician and singer who is in the media highlight as a member of The Jaggerz and Wild Cherry. He is also famous as the singer of the song,  The Rapper which became the #2 Billboard hit with the Jaggerz. His solo song, Ah! Leah! made him popular last it became the #29 hit on billboards. He sang a song, Love Is Like a Rock which reached the #37 hit list. 

Early Life of Donnie Iris

On February 28, 1943, Donnie Iris was born Dominic Ierace in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, United States. As of now, Donnie is 80 years old. Donnie cuts his birthday cake on the 28th of February and his birth sign is Pisces. He was born as the son of Sam Ierace (father) and Carrie Ierace (mother). His mother was a singer at Curly Venezie’s orchestra.

Donnie with his sister
Caption: Donnie with his sister (Source: New Castle News)

Donnie spent his early life with his sister, Caren Levis. Dominic has American citizenship and he belongs to the white ethnicity. Dominic follows the Christianity religion.

Donnie Iris Dropped Out of College

He joined Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Then, Donnie choose chemistry as his major but eventually switched it to English and dropped out to pursue his music career at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. During some interviews, he said:

“When I dropped out of college to pursue music, I wasn’t worried about my mom’s reaction, but I thought my dad was gonna kill me! Quite the contrary, he wished me well and said, ‘Go for it!’ That really gave me the confidence I needed. When they saw the successes, they, of course, were elated and very proud.”

Wife of Donnie Iris: Blessed With Daughters

Donnie is happily married to Linda Grimm. They have been married for more than two decades and are living with their two daughters, Erin Iris and Addy Iris.

Scott with his wife and daughter
Caption: Scott with his wife and daughter (Source: Facebook)

Erin is studying at Slippery Rock University with a major in education while Addy is a junior student at Blackhawk High School.  Previously, he was in a relationship with a girl named, Melody.

Donnie Iris’s Net Worth

Iris has a net worth of $5 million as of 2023. Iris gained this hefty sum of money from his career as an American musician. Donnie might be earning $52,565 as his annual salary as it is the annual salary of musicians in the USA.

Donnie inside the stadium
Caption: Donnie inside the stadium (Source: Patch)

Donnie Iris Cancels Tour Due to His Illness

Iris was diagnosed with cancer just after celebrating his 80th birthday due to this he canceled his scheduled tour in Youngstown, on June 21, 2021. His doctor suggested Donnie for 6 weeks of rest and cancel his scheduled shows.

He celebrated his birthday with The Clarks and The Vindys at the UPMC Events Center in Moon. They performed in front of 400 fans and most of his audience dolled themself in 80 Years of Cool T-shirts. Iris canceled his tour to receive cancer treatment and his team announced it on Facebook:

“He’s got the best care, and everyone is very optimistic for his full return to health. He recently had surgery and his prognosis is good. But Donnie needs more time to heal. He won’t perform at The Foundation Amphitheater on June 21 with REO Speedwagon, though the concert will go on without him.”

Iris will perform at Blossom Music Center with Foreigner and Loverboy on July 24, 2023.

Donnie Iris’s Singing Career

  • He was only 5 years old when he started singing at weddings and at the age of 8, he performed on local television.
  • He founded a band named, The Fabutons with his high schools friends like  Chuckie Hasson, Lou Delessandro, Anthony Matteo, and Johnny Roth.
  • In his college, he formed a band, The Tri-Vels with Dave Amodie, and Jim Evans.
  • He founded the band,  The Jaggerz, and Wild Cherry along with Benny Faiella in 1964.
Donnie on the cover of the magazine
Caption: Donnie on the cover of the magazine (Source: Discogs )
  • In 1969, they released their debut album, Introducing the Jaggerz.
  • He released a Christmas album, Ah! Leluiah! on November 18, 2010.
  • He also released an album named, King Cool in August 1981.
  • Then, the band released an album named Fortune 410 and No Muss…No Fuss.

Songs & Albums

He is a singer of hit albums like Back on the Streets, Footsoldier in the Moonlight, Poletown, Together Alone, Ellwood City, and Ah! Leluiah! and Out of the Blue. He sang famous songs like You’re Only Dreaming, I Can’t Hear You, Sweet Merilee, Love Is Like a Rock, My Girl, This Time It Must Be Love, The High, and the Mighty, Sing the Songs of Summer, and so on.

Awards & Nomination

  • Donnie earned the nomination for a modern era at Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Award in February 2015.
  • He received awards from United States Congresswoman Melissa Hart and Pennsylvania state representative Frank LaGrotta with a special commendation.

FAQs of Donnie Iris

Is there a Book about Donnie Iris?

Yes, there is a book about Donnie Iris. He released a book named, The Story of Donnie Iris and The Cruisers in 2017.

What is Donnie Iris’s quote?

He wrote popular quotes like:

”I’ve always thought of myself as being extremely lucky.”

Donnie also wrote:

”When I saw Chuck Berry play on television, he was like 60, and I thought I couldn’t even think of myself playing till then.”

What kind of music is Donnie Iris?

His music is American rock. Donnie is a singer of 80s hits songs, Ah, Leah! and Love is Like a Rock.

What is Donnie Iris’s Height?

Iris has a tall height of 5 feet 9 inches. Donnie has a beautiful pair of brown eyes and his hair is also in brown color.

What was Donnie Iris’s biggest hit?

His biggest hit song is My Girl. In 1981, he released this song from his album, King Cool. It became #25 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.