Long time Buffalo musician Chuck Vicario died April 17 in Buffalo as a result of the Covid-19 virus. Vicario had been battling the virus for several weeks.
The Buffalo Music Hall of Famer spent decades as the lead singer for the band Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps. The band performed 50’s styled rock and roll.
With the exception of 2012 when he was involved in a motorcycle crash that resulted in a broken collarbone, broken ribs, and neck injuries; Big Wheelie performed at the M&T Bank Event Series for 40 years.
Spreading their wings far beyond the shores of Buffalo, Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps have shared the stage with a number of artists including Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Paul Anka, Dion and the Belmonts, and Little Richard.
Before becoming a member of The Hubcaps, Vicario formed the band Caesar and the Romans; he later formed the band Friendship Train which later became Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps after discovering the popularity of 50’s rock and roll.
A man of faith, Vicario enjoyed performing “I Believe” by Elvis Presley in churches. Though a member of the Riverside Baptist Church, he went all over western New York speaking to various congregations.
When not making music, Vicario enjoyed his love of health and fitness with seniors. A Certified Wellness Coordinator, he educated seniors on the benefits of nutrition and exercise.
Wife Candi, who survives him, has also been diagnosed with the virus, but is recovering.
feature photo credit: Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps Facebook page