The Holidays (4) (Manhattan, New York)
    aka The Standards (2)

    Personnel :

    Tony Castro (Lead)

    Larry Loeb (First Tenor)

    Larry Rizzo (Baritone)

    Harry Jay (Second Tenor)

    Fred "Duke" Hodgkinson (Bass)

    Discography :

    The Spirals
    Unreleased :
    1957 - I've Got The World On A String

    Tony & The Holidays (4)
    Singles :
    1962 - There Goes My Heart Again / My Love Is Real (ABC 10295)
    Unreleased :
    1959 - Your Way
    1959 - The Glory of Love
    1959 - I Was Such A Fool
    1962 - I'm Confessin'
    1959 - Come Go With Me
    1959 - Each Step I take
    1960 - Tick Tock
    1961 - Melissa
    1962 - Apple Blossom Time

    Buddy Sheppard & The Holidays (4)
    1963 - Time To Dream (Brahms Lullaby) / My Love Is Real (Sabina 506)
    1963 - That Background Sound / Now It's All Over (Sabina 510)

    Biography :

    In the late '50's a group from Manhattan know as the Spirals got their chance to record. The Financial backers  were there to choose one of the two groups sharing studio time. The Second Group, Little Anthony's group won and the rest is history.

    The Spirals                                                                     The Vibratones

    Larry Loeb (First Tenor) and Larry Rizzo (Baritone) would now join Harry Jay who was just released from the Army. Harry have been singing with the Vibratones. Harry discovered lead singer Tony Castro and along with bass Fred "Duke" Hodgkinson (formally of the Versatiles), Tony & The Holidays were born.

     The Holidays

    After much practice the group recorded their first demo "Melissa" and "Tick Tock". This soon led to a release on ABC Records, "There Goes My Heart Again" b/w "My Love Is Real".

    The Holidays

    By the end of 1962 the group moved to Sabina Records and recorded several sides for the Belmonts and Jerry Granaham, under the new name Buddy Sheppard & The Holidays, "Time To Dream", "My Love Is Real", "Now It's All Over" and "That Background Sound" to mention a few. The latter also had Freddie & Angelo of the Belmonts in the Background.

    The Holidays

    Tony Castro would soon leave the group being replaced by lead singer Richie Tsonos. Along with new lead singer came a group name change. Now the Standards would have two releases on the Magna Label with two sides being picked up and nationally distributed by Chess records.

    The Holidays

    Throughout their recording years the group or group members lent their talents on the Backgrounds of many '45's, the most important being Larry & The Legends on Atlantic Records backing Larry Santos.

    Songs :

    Tony & The Holidays (4)

    My Love Is Real            There Goes My Heart Again           Apple Blossom Time

    The Glory of Love


    Buddy Sheppard & The Holidays (4)

    Time To Dream (Brahms Lullaby)        My Love Is Real     That Background Sound

    Now It's All Over





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