• The Chaperones (1)  (Long Island, New York)


    Personnel :

    Tony Amato (Lead)

    Roy Marchesano (Tenor)

    Tommy Ronca (Second Tenor)

    Nick Salvato (Baritone)

    Dave Kelly (Bass)


    Discography :

    The Chaperones (1)
    1960 - Cruise To The Moon / Dance With Me (Josie 880)
    1962 - Shining Star / My Shadow And Me (Josie 885)
    1963 - Man From The Moon / Blueberry Sweet (Josie 891)

    Lou Jordan & The Chaperones (1)
    1962 - Paradise For Two / Close Your Eyes (Josie 888)

    Lee Adrian (bb the Chaperones)
    1960 - Barbara, Let's Go Steady /  I'm So Lonely (Richcraft 5006)


    Biography :

    The Chaperones are one of the first street corner harmony Doo wop groups formed in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York in the late 1950s. The original members of the group were Tony Amato , Roy Marchesano , Tommy Ronca , Nick Salvato  and Dave Kelly (bass). Initially known as the Sharptones and the Fairlanes, until the Josie record label named the group "The Chaperones" for its relevance to the dances and proms of the day. The Chaperones were signed by Josie Records a spin off label or Jubilee Records in 1959 after Nick Salvato played the group's first demo for his C.W. Post College classmate Steve Blaine, son of Josie head Jerry Blaine.


    The groups initial Josie recording, "Cruise to the Moon", was produced by Steve Blaine and Mickey Eichner. By the time "Cruise to the Moon" was released in 1960, Rich Messina had replaced Dave Kelly as bass. In the meantime, The Chaperones backed up Lee Adrian on "Barbara, Let's Go Steady" and "So Lonely" (Richcraft Records). After the success of "Cruise to the Moon", the group performed regularly in the New York area at supermarket openings and theme parks. They appeared at Murray the K's shows at Frontierland in Patchogue and Freedomland in the Bronx, at Bruce Morrow shows co-billing The Earls and The Five Discs, and at Palisades Park with The Five Satins.

    Richard Messina, Tommy Ronca, Tony Amato, Roy Marchesano  and Nick Salvato

    The Chaperones' 1961 follow-up record "Shining Star" was an attempt to play on the success of "Little Star" by The Elegants and "Hushabye" by The Mystics. They backed Lou Jordan on "Paradise for Two" and "Close Your Eyes" in 1961 on Josie. They then released their last record on Josie: a remake of the Chandeliers' "Blueberry Sweet" backed with "Man From the Moon".


    Songs :

    The Chaperones (1)

    Cruise To The Moon                         Dance With Me                         Shining Star     

    My Shadow And Me                    Man From The Moon                Blueberry Sweet     

    Lou Jordan & The Chaperones (1)

    Paradise For Two                               Close Your Eyes

    Adrian Lee (bb the Chaperones)

    Barbara , Let’s Go Steady                              I'm So Lonely         



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