• Donnie & the Dreamers (12)


    Donnie & the Dreamers (12) (Bronx, NY.)
    aka Kenny & the Whalers (2) aka The Day Dreams (2)

     


    Personnel :

    Louis "Donnie" Burgio (Lead)

    Peter "Pete Alonzo" Vecchiarelli

    Andy Catalano (Tenor)

    Frank Furstaci (Baritone)

     


    Discography :

    Donnie & the Dreamers (12)
    1961 - Count every star / Dorothy (Whale 500)

    1961 - My Memories of you / Teenage Love (Whale 505)
    1961 - Carole / Ruby my love (Decca 31312)
    N/A - Heaven Only Knows (Whale) (unreleased)

    Kenny & the Whalers (2)
    1961 - Life is but a dream / Life is but a dream (Whale 504)

    Vinny Catalano & The Day Dreams (2)
    1962 - I Won't Cry Anymore / Because Of You (?)

     


    Biography :


    Lead Singer Louis "Donnie" Burgio, Peter "Pete Alonzo" Vecchiarelli, Andy Catalano, and Frank Furstaci came from the Bronx, that fertile field for Street Corner doo whoppers.
    Donnie & The Dreamers had a talent for adding that doo wop touch to pop standards and they proved it in early 1961 with their hit version of the 1950 oldie "Cont Every Star".


      

    While this was hot (it spent 10 weeks on the chart) the Whale label followed it up by sending out deejay samples of "Life Is But A Dream", calling the Group Kenny & the Whalers. It went nowhere. The Dreamers then turned the Harptones' 1954 ballad favourite "My Memories Of You" into a sparkling jump tune and scored their second national hit. Two weeks after "Count Every Star" left the chart, "My Memories Of You" took its Place.

      
    Encouraged by this, Decca leased all the Whale tracks by the group and issued "Carole" in October,1961. No Further hits came along and the group disappeared.


    Vinny Catalano

    Vinny Catalano worked with his kid brother's group,  recording over 10 excellent sides, most lost and unreleased.  Donnie & the Dreamers backed Vinny Catalano  under the name the Day Dreams for two songs.

     

    Songs :

       
    Ruby My Love                       Carol


       
    Count every star                  My Memories Of You


       
    Heaven Only Knows                Life Is But A Dream


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