• The Crystals (6)  aka The Metros (2) aka The Delmonicos (2) (New-York)

    Personnel :

    Johnny Angelillo (Baritone)

    Joe Patriarca (Second Tenor)

    Don Cruz (Lead & First Tenor)

    Joe Garcia (Lead & First Tenor)

    Jesus "Joe" Carillo (Bass)

    Discography :

    1959 - That's Where I Belong / Better Come Back To Me (Metro 20026)
    1959 - I've Got My Reasons / Big John Grundy (Metro)
    1960 - I'm Watching You / Oh, My You (Cub 9064)
    N/A - The Beauty & the Beast (Cub) (Unreleased)

    Biography :

    The Original Crystals came from Columbus High School. They are Joe Patriarca, Richie Sozzi, ,Joe Garcia, John Angelillo and Joe Premonts.

    The Original Crystals

    Premont and Sozzi were soon replaced by Joe "Bassi" Carillo and Don Cruz respectively.
    The Group changed their name to the Delmonicos and recorded a demo Cynthia b/w Baby Sitter in 1957/1958.

    The Delmonicos

    John's brother Louis "Chubby" became the group's co-manager along with Louis Carbonetti.
    Chubby Angelillo got the group an audition with Moe Gale who changed the group's name to the Metro's.

    with Frank Beltran of the Young Tones

    They recorded 2 sides for the Just Record Label.
    Soon Moe would open his own agency and took the group up to see Ray Ellis. Ray was the A&R man for MGM. He signed the group to a 3 years contract releasing 2 45's on Metro and Cub both MGM subsidiaries.

    Once again the powers in charge decided the Metros on Metro wouldn't work.

    The Group elected to take back their original name, The Crystals . It would be several years before the Phil Spector group would hit the charts so this name selection was a keeper.

    On the local strengh of these 45's the group would appear on Alan Freed's Big Beat TV show, Jack Spectors Rhode Island TV show, plus performing at many functions and venues including West Point.
    Ed Engel (Crystal Ball records)


    Videos :

    Extraordinary song :

    Oh, My You (A cappella)


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