• The Del Satins

    The Del Satins (Manhattan, New York)


    Personnel :

    Stan Ziska (Lead)

    Fred Ferrara (Baritone)

    Tom Ferrara (Bass)

    Leslie Cauchi (First Tenor)

    Keith Koestner (Second Tenor)


    Discography :

    The Dell Satins
    1961 - I Remember The Night / I'll Pray For You (End 1096)

    The Del Satins
    Singles :
    1961 - Counting Tear Drops / Remember (Win 702)
    1962 - Teardrops Follow Me / Best Wishes, Good Luck, Good-Bye (Laurie 3132)
    1962 - Does My Love Stand A Chance / Ballad Of A Dee-Jay (Laurie 3149)
    1963 - Feelin´ No Pain / Who Cares (Columbia 42802)
    1964 - Believe In Me / Two Broken Hearts (Mala 475)
    1965 - Hang Around / My Candy Apple Vette (B.T. Puppy 506)
    1965 - Sweets For My Sweet / A Girl Named Arlene (B.T. Puppy 509)
    1965 - Relief / The Throwaway Song (B.T. Puppy 514)
    1967 - Love, Hate, Revenge (If I Want You To Cry) / A Little Rain Must Fall (Diamond 216)
    1970 - I’ll Do My Crying Tomorrow / A Girl Named Arlene (B.T. Puppy 563)
    1991 - Read Between The Lines / I'll Never Know (Genie 31865)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - Naturally
    1962 - I Don't Care
    1962 - Clicky Clack
    196? - I Wanna Know
    1962 - Crazy Questions
    1962 - If You Ever Am In Love

    LPs :
    1972 - Out To Lunch
    Sweets For My Sweet / Relief / I'll Do My Crying Tomorrow / Ski Beat / My Candy Vette / Out To Lunch / I Can't Find The Girl On My Mind, Now / Hang Around / A Girl Named Arlene / The Throwaway Song / Today I'm In Love (B.T. Puppy BTPS-1019)

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    Dion bb The Del-Satins
    1961 - Runaround Sue / Runaway Girl (Laurie 3110)
    1961 - The Wanderer / The Majestic (Laurie 3115)
    1962 - Lovers Who Wander / (I Was) Born To Cry (Laurie 3123)
    1962 - Little Diane / Lost For Sure (Laurie 3134)
    1962 - Love Came To Me / Little Girl  (Laurie 3145)

    Stan Vincent & The Del-Satins
    Unreleased :
    1961 - She's So Wonderful
    1961 - Please Be Mine
    1961 - She's Not Around Anymore
    1961 - Angel By My Side

    Nicky Como bb The Del-Satins
    Single :
    1961 - Just A Little While / Guardian Angel (Tang 1231)
    Unreleased :
    1961 - Crazy Questions

    Bill Baker bb The Del-Satins
    Single :
    1962 - I Wanna Know / Is It A Dream (Audicon 115)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - So Bad
    1962 - She's Not Around Anymore
    1962 - Calling My Love

    Big Jim & The Sundowners
    1961 - Poor Little Sad Eyed Sue / Never Let You Go (The Sundownders) (Chip 1008)

    Johnny Dawn bb The Del-Satins
    1962 - Walking Down The Avenue / What Can I Do (Johnny Dawn) (Swirl 110)

    Jackie Forrest bb The Del-Satins
    1962 - Breaking Your Heart, For Fun / Mama Don't Sit... (Jackie Forrest) (Hitsville 1138]

    Victor bb The Del-Satins
    1962 - I Really Do / Stop A Knockin' (Dorset 5011)

    The Sundownders bb The Del-Satins
    1963 - Someone To Care / Such A Lovin'(Fargo 1051)

    John Corey bb The Del-Satins
    1963 - The Prettiest Girl I Kissed Today / Hey Little Runaround (Vee Jay 514)

    Rick Russell  bb The Del-Satins
    1963 - My Angel / It's Time To Cry (Poplar 120)

    Bobby Callender bb The Del-Satins
    Single :
    1964 - Beatty Dean / One By One (Bobby Callender) (Sky 970)
    Unreleased :
    1964 - Win Or Loose (Sky)
    1964 - Devil Named Sue  (Sky)

    Clay Cole bb The Del-Satins bb The Del-Satins
    Unreleased :
    1964 - Miss America Teenager


    Biography :

    The Del-Satins were one of the finest white male doo wop groups of all time. Though not as well known as The Earls, Jay & The Ameicans, or The Four Seasons, in their own style (which was rhythm and blues and rock and roll) they were every bit as good. Unfortunately, they received no credit on any of their 13 hit records, although they did have the chance to make a few excellent singles under their own name.

    The Del Satins
    The Del-Satins first time on stage as professional entertainers (Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, April 23, 1958

    Formed in 1958 in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, the quintet consisted of Stan Ziska (lead), Leslie Cauchi (first tenor), Bobby Fiela (second tenor), Fred Ferrara (baritone), and his brother Tom Ferrara (bass). Les attended Power Memorial while Fred and Tom went to Machine and Metals Trade School. Influenced by R&B groups like The Heartbats, The Dubs, and The Flamingos, the Del-Satins, aged 15 to 17, would practice on Tom and Fred’s stoop on 69th Street when they weren't searching for a good overpass or bathroom to provide that perfect echo.

    The Del Satins
    November 1958

    Early on they were called the Jokers, not as a singing group but rather as a basketball team playing in a house league for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. They decided on the name Del-Satins by putting together two of their favorite groups, The Dells and The Five Satins. They then made their own first break by participating in a talent show at the Empire Hotel on New York’s West Side. The first prize, which they won, was a record deal with George Goldner’'s End Records, and s0 it was that the Del-Satins’ first single, “I'll Pray for You,” was released in 1961.

    The Del Satins
    The Del Satins with DJ Alan Fredriks

    The record received good local response, especially from WADO disc jockey Alan Fredericks, leading to some shows for Fredericks at the Levittown Arena.Around this time Jim Gribble, manager for other New York-area harmony groups like The Passions, took on the Del-Satins. He brought the quintet to Bob and Gene Schwartz at Laurie Records when he heard Dion was looking for a new backup group.The Del-Satins were instantly sent to work on his new song, "Runaround Sue", which then rose to number 1 in the Billboard charts.

    The Del SatinsAnthony LaRosa avec Richie Greejn, Stan Zizka, Tom Ferrara, Fred Ferrara, Joe Ferrara et Leslie Cauchi.

    Although their contribution to the hit was substantial, the Del-Satins received no credit. They also sang on Dion's later solo hits, "The Wanderer", "Lovers Who Wander", "Little Diane", "Love Came To Me", "Ruby Baby", "Donna the Prima Donna" and "Drip Drop", as well as on records by Len Barry and Jan and Dean.

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    They released a number of singles under their own name, but had little success until "Teardrops Follow Me" in 1962, after which they found regular work on television and radio. They then moved to Columbia Records as part of Dion's new contract. Still frustrated by their lack of recognition, in 1963 they auditioned for Phil Spector but declined his subsequent invitation to record with him. As Dion's solo career ran into the commercial doldrums in the mid-1960s, the group moved on to Mala Records and then B.T. Puppy Records where they released an album, Out to Lunch.

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    Ziska left in the mid-1960s and Cauchi and Tom Ferrara were drafted. The remaining members of the Del-Satins continued to play live with the addition of Johnny Maestro (former lead singer of The Crests), Richard Green, and Mike Gregorio. When Cauchi returned, they changed the group's name to Brooklyn Bridge. In 1991 the Del-Satins, led by Stan Ziska, re-formed for nostalgia shows and issued an album, Still Wandering


    Songs :

    The Dell Satins

    I Remember The Night / I'll Pray For You

    The Del Satins

    Remember / Counting Tear Drops      Teardrops Follow Me / Best Wishes, Good...

    Does My Love Stand A Chance              Ballad Of A Dee-Jay       

    Feelin´ No Pain                                     Naturally

    I Don't Care                                     Who Cares

      Believe In Me                               Two Broken Hearts

          Hang Around / My Candy Apple Vette    Sweets For My Sweet / A Girl Named Arlene

    Relief                                The Throwaway Song

    Love, Hate, Revenge (If I Want You To Cry)       Read Between The Lines / I'll Never Know



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