• The Debonaires (3)

    The Debonaires (3) (Brooklyn,  N.Y.)


    Personnel :

    Robert Adino

    Mike DiBenedetto

    Edwin Lamboy

    Joe Reina


    Discography :

    Singles :
    1956 - Won’t You Tell Me / I’m Gone (Gee 1008)
    1959 - We'll Wait / Make Believe Lover (Gee 1054)
    Unreleased :
    1956 - Best Love (Gee)
    1956 - I’d Climb The Highest Mountain (Gee)

    Biography :

    Vocal group from "Red Hook Brooklyn" composed by Robert Adino, Mike DiBenedetto, Edwin Lamboy and Joe Reina.  Before becoming the Debonaires, Robert Adino and Mike DiBenedetto backed Lucille Val as the Echos, they recorded a disc that seems to have been released. The group began with several personnel combinations in 1956. Eventually, Adino and DiBenedetto were introduced to Lamboy and Reina. The group members all attended Boys High School. Between the school and their neighborhood came the Mystics, the Passions, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Velours, and so on.

    The Debonaires (3)    The Debonaires (3)

    They played at local clubs, fairs, and various nightspots and were soon spotted by Bert Keyes of Gee Records. Bert Keyes organizes a recording session for them where they recorded six songs. For quite some time it was rumored that this group , due to their sound, was black. However, this is simply not correct. Gee released only one single en 1956 - "Won’t You Tell Me" b/w "I’m Gone" (Gee # 1008) . Too little promotion of "Gee" and soon after the group split. However, three years later, gee releases two new titles (Gee # 1054) including the splendid "We'll Wait". Encyclopedia of Rhythm and Blues and Doo Wop Vocal Groups


    Songs :

    Won’t You Tell Me                                   I’m Gone          

             We'll Wait                                   Make Believe Lover


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