The Deans (2) (Brooklyn, New York)
    aka The Four Playboys / The Four Deans


Personnel :

Joe Macaluso (Tenor)

Tom Cori (Baritone)

Fred Khoury (Bass)



Discography :

    The Deans (2) 

    Singles :
    1960 - My Heart Is Low / I'll Love You Forever (Mohawk 114)
    1960 - Humpty Dumpty / Le Chiam (Goodluck) (Mohawk 119)
    1961 - It's You / I Don't Want To Wait (Just For Saturday Night) (Mohawk 126)
    1961 - Little White Gardenia / I Don't Want To Wait (Just For Saturday Night) (Laurie 3114)
    1963 - I'm Gonna Love You / Don't Let Her Cry Tonight (Tin Pan Alley 316)
    1963 - Pretty Nola / Ricky Rocky Poo-Poo-Poo (Honeywell Jackson) (Tin Pan Alley 319)
     Unreleased :
    1960 - Walk With Me (Mohawk)
    1960 - Carol (Mohawk)
    1960 - Little Girl (Mohawk)
    1960 - Come On  (Mohawk)

The Four Deans (The Four Playboys)
    1992 (Recorded 58) - So Very Wrong / Mr Echo (Park Ave.7)


Biography :

    The Deans formed in 1956-1957 and went on to record for Mohawk records. Originally, calling themselves The Four Playboys : Ralph Maffei (Lead) , Tom Cori (Baritone),  Fred Khoury (Bass)and Joe Macaluso (Tenor)  and eventualy lead on all recordings, when Ralph Maffei  left the group to get married. The 3-man group liked Dean Martin and for awhile called themselves the Dino’s, eventually settling on the Deans. They auditioned live in 1960 for Irv Spice.

    The Four Playboys

    Irv Spice owner of Mohawk Records, was a musician who engulfed most of his productions with strings and full orchestration. He is probably best known releasing Dion & The Belmonts and The Dimensions’ first discs, two groups who went on to national fame. Mohawk Records and it’s subsidiaries Wizz, Abel, dragon, Dee and Hawk have been involved in many recordings both released and unreleased.

    The Deans

    Irv Spice quickly signed them to a contract, their outstanding "Blend and Sound" made them sound like a 5-man group. The group started recording at Dick Charles Studios, and cut three singles from 1960 to 1961 before joining Laurie records for one single: "Little White Gardenia" b/w "I Don't Want To Wait (Just For Saturday Night)". Despite two other records on the Tin Pan Alley Labels in 1963, they never achieved great success.

    The Four Playboys Aka The Four Deans aka The Deans (2)    The Four Playboys Aka The Four Deans aka The Deans (2)  

    In the early 1990, Park Avenue released  "So Very Much" and "Mr. Echo" recorded in 1958 by the original group, the Four Playboys, with Ralph Maffei on lead. The single was released under the name of The Four Deans .


    Songs :

    The Deans (2)

     My Heart Is Low                 I'll Love You Forever                       Humpty Dumpty

              Le Chiam                           It's You                              I Don't Want To Wait

      Little White Gardenia              I'm Gonna Love You              Don't Let Her Cry Tonight

    Pretty Nola                        Walk With Me                                     Carol   

    Little Girl                           Come On


The Four Deans / The Four Playboys

     So Very Wrong                          Mr Echo       



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