• The Escorts (8)
     L-R: Dennis DeVita, Daniel DeVita, Doug Scanelli, Phil Giarratano

    The Escorts (8) (Long Island, New York)
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

     

    Personnel :

    Philip J. Giarratano "Phil Tano" (Lead)

    Dennis DeVita

    Danny DeVita

    Doug Scanelli

    Dave Kelley (Bass)

     

    Discography :

    Single :
    1961 - Happy / You're For Me (And I'm For You) (Taurus 350/351)

    Demos
    n/a - Is It Any Wonder
    n/a - Lorraine
    n/a - Stormy Weather
    n/a - Walkin' My Baby Back Home
    n/a - You Just Don't Know

     

    Biography :

    The Escorts were a Long Island group, West Bablyon and North Babylon. The Escorts are Phil Giarratano, Dennis DeVita , Doug Scanell, Danny , and Dave Kelley did bass. The Group cut one single for Brooklyn's Taurus Records, a label perhaps best known for its belated and ultimately disappointing Fireflies' LP.

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    Be that as it may, label owner Michael Sebianiano, who focused much of his energy on putting out the white vocal group sound that was enjoying success in the early 60's, did issue quite a bit of solid material. A few years later, in 1967, Phil Tano joined the Valrays, Rod McBrien, John Giametta and a new member, Meco Menardo for a single.

     

    Songs :

      
                      Happy                               You’re For Me (And I’m For You)

         
    Is It Any Wonder                         Lorraine                              Stormy Weather

      
    Walkin' My Baby Back Home           You Just Don't Know    


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  • The Corsairs (1) (New York)

     

    Personnel :

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    Discography :

    Single:
    1957 - Goodbye Darling / Rock Lilly Rock (Hy-Tone 110)

    Unreleased:
    1957 - Believe In Me (Hy-Tone)
    1957 - Darling (Please Be Mine) (Hy-Tone)

     

    Biography :

    Not the Hy-Tone from Chicago that from the late forties to the mid fifties issued many good blues records, this record company was in fact from Queens, New York. Operating between 1957 and 1959, the Hy-Tone label presented here released fine records by The Lyrics and The Hy-Tones, as well as this single by The Corsairs.

     

     Songs :

    (updated by Hans-Joachim)

      
    Goodbye Darling                             Rock Lilly Rock

      
    Darling (Please Be Mine)                       Believe In Me       

     

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  • Harry & The Keyavas 

    Harry & The Keyavas (Rahway, New Jersey)

     

    Personnel :

    Harry Starr (Lead)

    Jerry Timmons

    Kevin Garrity

     

    Discography :

    Harry & The Keyavas
    1963 - If This Is Goodbye / Tears (IPG 1011)

    Harry Starr
    1966 - Step Into My World / Another Time, Another Place (End 1129)

     

    Biography :

    C&M Records from Elizabeth,N.J. were a label owned by Castino Queen and Mary Linkowitch (also owners of Wanger Records). The C&M label was just beginning but was about to sign a young black group from Elizabeth called the Nobletones . C&M Records was a small outfit so they worked out of a storefront and these kids happened to be from the neighbourhood and they went in and he recorded them first.   

    Harry & The Keyavas   Harry & The Keyavas

    Among the Nobletones was Jerry Timmons, who a few years later would again register for C&M as a member of the Keyavas. They recorded two great doo-wop : "If This Is Goodbye" b/w "Tears" as Harry & The Keyavas. Lead singer Harry Starr`s real name was Harrison William Pennington and he was married to Eller Weas Little, aka Elouise Pennington from the Spellbinders. In 1966 Harry Starr recorded "Step Into My World" b/w "Another Time, Another Place" for the End label.

      

    Songs :

    Harry & The Keyavas

       
      If This Is Goodbye                                        Tears      

    Harry Starr

       
    Another Time, Another Place                         Step Into My World 

     

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  • (L to R) Phyllis Walker, Mary Clemons and Patricia Allensworth Stephens

    The Arvettes (New Kensington / Ford City, PA.)

     

    Personnel :

    Patricia Allensworth Stephens

    Mary Clemons

    Phyllis Walker

     

    Discography :

    1962 - At A School Dance / Lovely Emotions (Hac 100)
    1963 - Pledge Of Love / I Want To Dance With You (Ideal 100)
    1963 - Stolen Hours / Pledge Of Love (Ideal)
    1965 - Stolen Hours / Pledge Of Love (Ideal 272G-3776)

     

    Biography :

    Vocal group, composed of Phyllis Walker, Mary Clemons and Patty Allensworth Stephens. Phyllis Walker, Mary Clemons were from New Kensington and Patty Allensworth Stephens, is from Ford City. The trio signed a contract with HAC Records named after the three song writing partners, Hal-Al-Chuck. They recorded "At A School Dance" and "Lovely Emotions" released by HAC in 1962.



    "At A School Dance" and "Lovely Emotions" was written by Ford City, PA native Frank Tolliver. He was also the writer of "I Found a Dream" and "I Wanna Dance With You" for the Pacers (from Ford City). He and Patricia Allensworth was part of the Pacers who recorded the two songs in 1958 for Calico.  In 1963, Ideal records released their second single with "Pledge Of Love" and "I Want To Dance With You" (written by Frank Tolliver). December of the same year, the label will release a new single with a new title : "Stolen Hours" coupled with "Pledge Of Love".

     

    Songs :

      
    At A School Dance                        Lovely Emotions

      
           Pledge Of Love                   I Want To Dance With You


    Stolen Hours

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  • Michael & The Continentals (8)
    1962 - Michael & The Continentals

    Michael & The Continentals (8) (Brooklyn, New York)

     

    Personnel :

    Michael Zarzana (Lead)

    Dennis Muro (First Tenor)

    Joey Noto (Second Tenor)

    Mark Weiner (Baritone)

    Billy Schlanger (Bass)

     

    Discography :

    1967 - Little School Girl / Rain In My Eyes (Audio Fidelity 139)

     

    Biography :

    Michael and the Continentals were from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and consisted of Michael Zarzana (lead), Dennis Muro (first tenor), Joey Noto (second tenor), Mark Weiner (baritone) and Billy Schlanger (bass).  Originally, Tony Battiglia was the 2nd tenor but Michael asked Joey Noto to take his place.  All were from Sheepshead Bay and started singing in the early 1960 on the street corners of Brooklyn or any other practice venue the groups could find. They eventually form  "Michael & the Continentals" & sang professionally for 10 years.  The group makes several recordings but nothing comes out. They have to wait until the mid-60s to finally see the release of a single : "Little School Girl" b/w "Rain In My Eyes". There are many unreleased doowop cuts by the Continentals, produced by Barney Zarzana of the Bay Bops.

     

    Songs :

     
    Little School Girl / Rain In My Eyes

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