Peter Lemongello is an American singer best known for his album ‘Love 76’, the first album to be sold exclusively through advertising. As of 2019, Peter Lemongello net worth is estimated to be around $2 million
Born on February 11, 1947, in North Babylon, New York, Peter spent the first part of his career as a cabaret singer appearing on national television including the famous TV show ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’. In 1973, he signed to Epic Records and then released one single in December 1973. The single failed to chart and he was subsequently dropped from the label.
After being frustrated by his lack of record sales, Peter came up with the idea of creating an album to be sold exclusively on Television. Using the day to day marketing technique, Peter and his friend began campaign running commercials on six New York channels 70 to 100 times a week. Their album sales skyrocketed and Peter started to get some fame across New York. According to Peter, he has sold more than 1.8 million copies of ‘Love 76’ album.
He then received the attention of Private Stock Records. With them, he released his second album titled ‘Do I Love You’ in 1977 but the album and its singles failed to make a mark and also failed to chart. In late 2012, he re-recorded his 1976 song ‘Can’t Get Enough of You Girl’. He was also seen in an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1976 while he has also appeared on the movie ‘Fletch Lives’ in 1976.
Lemongello and his brother Mike were once kidnapped from a construction site in 1982. The kidnappers forced Mike to withdraw money from a bank, a total of more than $50,000 after which they were dumped in the woods. The same week, the kidnappers named Manny Seoane and Mark Lemongello both MLB pitchers turned themselves into police.
Peter was accused of masterminding two acts of arson, having set fire to two luxury houses that his construction firm was working on near St. Petersburg, Florida. He was put on ten years probation for the crime and was ordered to pay $110,000 to insurance companies.
Regarding his personal life, Peter Lemongello is married to Karen and has a son named Peter Jr. Lemongello.