• Don Dell & The Up Starts (2)


    Don Dell & The Up-Starts (2) (Brooklyn, NY)



    Personnel :

    Don Del Seni (Don Dell)

    Bob Grassi

    Frank Grassi

    Ron Panvini




    Discography :

    Singles :
    1961 - May It Be My Fortune / Time (East Coast 101/102)

    1962 - Someone For Me, (Is There) / A Special Love (East Coast 105/106)

    Unreleased :
    1961 - Honey Doll (East Coast)
    1961 - Baby I Don't Care (East Coast)



    Biography :

    Don Dell & the Up-starts are a Brooklyn NY group who cut two singles on the small label East Coast : "May It Be My Fortune / Time" and  "Someone For Me, (Is There) / A Special Love" with a nice picture Sleeve. They recorded their songs at Flatbush Studios. Two other songs "Honey Doll" and "Baby I Don't Care"  was released in Sweden (Jan 45-020). The English got a hold of some of the group's master tapes when they cut the rare records on East Coast.

       Don Dell & The Up Starts (2)
    Don Del Seni (Don Dell)                                                                                                                                     

    They recorded this two songs at the same session, and the tapes managed to make their way to Sweden, where they were finally released, 20 years after they were originally recorded, in 1980. To cap it off, the Swedish company mis-identified the backing band as the Montereys, although Don, a retired school principal, says they were in fact the Up-starts. In 1962, Don Dell recorded another single with the Montereys on his own label (Roman records).


    Songs :

    Time                                            A Special Love

    May It Be My Fortune                        Someone For Me, (Is There)

    Honey Doll




  • Comments

    Frank Grassi
    Saturday 31st December 2016 at 17:27
    I was an original Upstart along with my brother Bob Grassi and friend Ron Panvini. I have all unreleased Master Tapes , six songs and lacquer demo discs from the group. Recorded at Flatbush Studios and Richcraft Recording from 1958-60, including Time and May it be my Fortune original tempos. Lost contact with Don't Dell after his retirement as a Brooklyn school principal. Anyone know if he is still living?
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