•     Top left to right , Kenny and Tommy, Bottom left to right, Pete, Freddie and Bill.

    The Ideals (4) (East Paterson, NJ)

    Personnel :

    Tommy Kontos aka Thomas Jefferson Kaye

    Bill DeMarco

    Pete Verelli

    Kenny Kerwin

    Freddie Schlatter

    Discography :

    1958 - My Girl / Annie Was A Stroller (Decca 307200)
    1959 - Ivy League Lover / Don't Be A Baby, Baby (Decca 30800)

    Biography :

    Tommy and Bill formed their first acapella Doo-wop band called the Blaretones with Tommy Traino, from East Paterson, NJ and Chris Oberfel of Fair Lawn, NJ during the Summer of 1955 to Summer 1956. First show at East Rutherford HS 1956 as the Blaretones, performed at Allen Freed’s Easter Show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater, with Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Valentines, and The Cadillacs.

    The Brooklyn Paramount Theater                                                                                                          

    The Blaretones opened for Slim Harper at the Coral Bar in East Paterson, NJ. The Ideals Opened for the Everly Brothers. at the Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, NJ sometime around May 1958. Another group performing that night was the Rocking Chairs, from Long Island, NY. The band name changed to the Rock-Abouts, from the Summer of 1956 to Summer of 1957. Same group the Ideals during the Summer of 1957, recorded at Decca Records from early 1958 through June of 1958. The Ideals were often invited to play with Joey Dee when he hosted record hops at the Passaic Armory, before he was with the Starlighters. They also performed often at “Sock Hops” at the Passaic Ballroom and other local venues. Music included their own compositions and their own doo-wop covers of Buddy Holly, The Cadillacs, and other popular songs of the period.

    Songs :

    Annie Was A Stroller                                    My Girl

    Don't Be A Baby, Baby                          Ivy League Lover




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