Larry Chance and The Earls represent the music that helped define rock ‘n roll – the original Doo-Wop era that put the street-corner society onto the national charts. Born in South Philly, Larry attended school with the likes of Fabian Forte, Frankie Avalon and Chubby Checker. At that time, Philadelphia was one of the most happening places in America — it was the home of “American Bandstand” and it’s where Chance first “sang on the corner”. When his family moved to the the Bronx, the teenage Chance realized that vocal groups were on almost every street corner so he lost no time developing his own.
Larry recalls The Earls discovery a man named Trade Martin, who heard them singing on the corner. He gave them his card and two weeks later, they were doing their first recording session, which included “Life is But A Dream.”
Popular NY disc jockey Murray the K gave The Earls their first major break. He played “Life is But a Dream” on his “champ Record of the Night” and “Boss Record of the Week” contests. The Earls tune shut the competition out, including an Elvis disc! “We had at least a thousand kids in the Bronx with pockets full of dimes,” remembers Larry fondly. It worked. “Life Is But A Dream” became one of the station’s pick hits and went on to be a smash. It was followed by “Remember Then”, and more. The Earls had an incredible total of FIVE songs on WCBS-FM’s list of the 500 greatest records of all time!
Founded in 1957, The Earls consisted of Larry and five high school friends. Through the years, the line-up changed evolved and The Earls currently’are drummer/2nd tenor Bobby “Tee” Tribuzio, bassist/1st tenor Bob Coleman, keyboardist/bass vocalist, Danny Girlando and guitarist/baritone, Chuck Mearizo.