• Dante & His Friends (3) aka The Rivingtons

    Dante & His Friends (3) aka The Rivingtons

    Dante & His Friends (3) (Los Angeles, Ca.)
    aka The Rivingtons


    Personnel :

    Donald "Dante" Drowty (Lead)

    Carl White

    Al Frazier

    Sonny Harris

    Turner "Rocky" Wilson Jr


    Discography :

    Dante & His Friends (3)
    1961 - Are You Just My Friend / Something Happens (Imperial 5798)
    1962 - Miss America / Now I've Got You (Imperial 5827)

    1962 - Magic Ring / Am I The One (Imperial 5867)


    Biography :

    Dante & The Evergreens disbanded in 1964 after Frank Rosenthal contracted an illness that lasted about six months and seriously curtailed the group’s touring. Frank returned to college on an athletic scholarship and even became a professional athlete for a time. Bill Young fooled around in music and movies for a while, but eventually left the business. Tony Moon ended up in Nashville as a respected arranger, writer and producer. Donald "Dante" Drowty , however, stuck to it. He recorded four sides for Imperial as Dante And His Friends, using The Rivingtons as the background group.

    Dante & His Friends (3) aka The Rivingtons   Dante & His Friends (3) aka The Rivingtons

    Don worked extensively with Herb Alpert, who wrote and sang background as one of Dante’s Friends. One of the sides they did, Little Miss America, was covered by The Beach Boys. He went on to work as a writer/producer for Bert (aka Bert Russell) Berns’ Mellin Music Publishers (Twist And Shout, A Little Bit Of Soap, Cry Baby, etc.) working with The Isleys, The McCoys, and many others. He recorded some things for A&M Records, including a strong version of Speedoo.



    Dante & His Friends (3)

    Are You Just My Friend                       Something Happens

    Miss America                                  Now I've Got You


    Magic Ring                                  Am I The One

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