• The Castawaws (2) (Queens, New York)
    aka The Iridescents (1)


    Personnel :

    Frankie Sisco (Lead)

    Vinnie Pizzo (First Tenor)

    Bobby Sanders (Second Tenor)

    Johnny Obidienzo (Baritone)

    Kathy Ferrara


    Discography :

    The Castaways (2)
    1962 - Hey There / I Found You (Assault 1869/70/Astra 1002)

    The Iridescents (1)
    Singles :
    1963 - Three Coins In The Fountain / Strong Love (Hudson 8102)
    1964 - Hey There / I Found You (Hudson 8107)
    Unreleased :
    1963 - In The Still Of The Night (demo)
    1963 - Warm (acapella)


    Biography :

    It Started around 1962 in Corona, Queens New York. These fellas would sing for hours at their hangout, a place called Spaghetti Park. Because they sang in the park, they decided to call themselves the Parkays. The youngsters would sing on Weekends at a place called Club 21 in Corona. They were approached by Joe Partenza. Joe & his friend, Al Cattabiani, put up the money for their first record. By this time the group took on a new member, Kathy Ferrara.  "Hey There" and "I Found You" was released in late 1962 under the name of the Castaways and sold fairly well.

    They had to change the name because another group was already using that name. A few month later,they used the Iridescents when they recorded the classic "Three Coins In The Fountain" b/w "Strong Love". The Iridescents worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, they performed with Dion & the Belmonts, the Del satins… 1964 came in and so did the Bristish Invasion. two other sides were recorded but are unreleased : "Dreamland" and "Now Is The Hour". "Hey There" and "I Found You " was released with two "R's" and a different record number.


    Songs :

    The Castaways (2)

    I Found You                                     Hey There

    The Iridescents (1)

    Three Coins In The Fountain / Strong Love        Warm (acapella)

    In The Still Of The Night


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