In May 1966, The Happenings virtually exploded onto the national charts with their first single release, “See You In September”. The song quickly spiraled up the charts to become an international #1 record throughout the entire summer. The Happenings followed that up with another smash hit “Go Away Little Girl.” But they weren’t stopping there — more great hits like “I Got Rhythm” and “My Mammy” followed, and The Happenings traveled the world, singing at large capacity concerts and appearing on nearly every major television show in America, including: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Smothers Brothers Show, and The Merv Griffin Show. They would share the stage with such music and entertainment giants as The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Joan Rivers, John Denver, The Drifters, The Kingston Trio, and many more. Read More →
The Sounds of Randy and the Rainbows featuring Randy Safuto started back in 1959 when they first sang under the name of the “Dialtones” (with a female lead) and had a local hit called “Till I Heard From You.” In 1962 Dom Randy Safuto formed Randy and the Rainbows with his brother Frank Safuto and three other members. Six months later they had a hit record called “Denise” which sold 3 million copies.
In 1964 they had a follow-up record called, “Why Do Kids Grow Up” which sold 800,000 copies. Then from 1965 threw 1967 recorded “Little Star”, “Happy Teenager” and “Quarter To Three”.
Because of their dedication to the music business, Randy and the Rainbows – over thirty years later – are still “extremely active” and musically sharper and more polished” then ever. Their act has been described as “clean – fast moving – utilizing very effective medleys and harmonies.” In 1998 the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Randy and the Rainbows have performed with Dick Clark, for various charities and telethons, at the Westbury Music Fair, Radio City, the Nassau Coliseum, Kissimee, Florida and the Inaugural Ball. They toured with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, performed at the Fox Theater, at outdoor concerts and many great clubs in and around the metropolitan area and neighboring states.
The group consists of: Randy Safuto (lead), Frank Safuto (vocals), Anthony Vara (vocals) and Charlie Rocco (vocals). Band members are: Johanna Miele (keyboards), Larry Zettwoch (guitar), Frank Nicoletti (bass guitar) and Vincent Rosa on the drums.
In 1957, five Brooklyn teenager formed a doo wop group and called themselves The Clusters. all of the members (Charlie Scardina (Lead), Tommy Mordente (first tenor), Donnie Milo (second tenor), Henry (Rico) Ferro (baritone) and Joe Gugliotta (Bass), were between 15 and 17 years old. The following year, April 1958, the group recorded “Darling Can’t You Tell” and “Pardon My Heart” on the Tee Gee record label. The record became a New York hit, reaching No. 10 on the Regional Billboard charts and No. 23 on the WMCA music charts.
The group appeared on the Alan Freed big beat TV show and Ted Steele’s show at the Paramount theater with Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Big Bopper, Clyde McPhatter and others.
The Clusters reformed again in the 90’s with new members and cut a CD called The Clusters 2000. In January of 2003,The Clusters decided to reform with original Clusters bass, Joe Gugliotta. The “New” Clusters are, Paulie Gee (lead), Joe Gugliotta (Original 1958 Bass), Jerry Pilgrim (first tenor lead), Tony Portalatin (second tenor lead), and Joe Miranda (baritone lead) The Clusters perform the hits of the 50’s to the 80’s.
Starting out in the early 60s in Jersey City, New Jersey, The Duprees were discovered by George Paxton of Coed Records and former big band leader. Impressed with their smooth vocal quality, he had them record Jo Stafford’s 1950’s ballad “You Belong To Me” with Big Band arrangements. An instant national hit, it was group’s first Million Seller.
And The Duprees followed that up with an enviable string of hits their unique styling that have become classics, including “You Belong To Me,” “My Own True Love,” “Why Don’t You Believe Me,” “Have You Heard” and many more…
The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits.
Today Tony Testa, Tommy Petillo, Jimmy Spinelli and Phil Granito continue to bring the Duprees’ outstanding show to thousands of fans around the world. When the Duprees take the stage, the entertainment is first class all the way.
|The 1910 Fruitgum Company
The very best of the sixties. The 1910 Fruitgum Company virtually exploded onto the National charts in 1968 with the first single release,SIMON SAYS. The song quickly moved up the charts to become a top hit record on the national charts, (#4) and reached the top of the charts in the United Kingdom. The 1910 Fruitgum Company followed up this initial success with another smash hit, “1-2-3 RED LIGHT”.(#5) The group’s next hit record, “INDIAN GIVER” became The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s third Gold record. Other releases to follow included, “MAY I TAKE A GIANT STEP”, “SPECIAL DELIVERY”, “THE TRAIN”, “WHEN WE GET MARRIED” and “REFLECTIONS IN THE LOOKING GLASS”. Read More →