The Moniques (Philadelphia, PA.)


    Personnel :

    William "Billy" Bell

    Curtis Binion

    Esther Grantham

    Barbara McDowell

    Thomas Smith

    James Williams


    Discography :

    The Moniques
    1962 - Hey Girl  / Goin' Down To Birdland (Benn-X55)
    1962 - Love So Wonderful / Teach Me How To Dance (Benn-X58)
    1963 - Halo / Don't Throw Stones (At My Heart) (Centaur 104)
    1963 - All The Way Now / Rock Pretty Baby (Centaur 105)

    Veronica Lee & The Moniques
    1963 - Ringo Did It / Foreign Boy (Centaur 106)


    Biography :

    In the 1960s, musician-producer-songwriters Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett formed a production company, Ben-Lee Music, that generated tracks that were leased to other labels, as well as sides that were put out on their own small Philadelphia labels, like Benn-X and Sonata. The Moniques cut their two singles on Benn-X.  Ven Pitoni, owner of CENTAUR Records, who was responsible for mastering, producing and promoting many 45, was from Rochester and signed the Moniques in 1963 for two singles . At that same time, Pitoni had another Rochester area pop performer on the CENTAUR label: 13 year old Veronica Lee (Galusha), who realesed a 45 entitled “Ringo Did It” bb the Moniques.


    Songs :

    The Moniques

    Hey Girl                          Goin' Down To Birdland                Love So Wonderful

    Don't Throw Stones (At My Heart)      All The Way Now       Rock Pretty Baby

    Halo                                     Teach Me How To Dance


    Veronica Lee & The Moniques

     Ringo Did It                        Foreign Boy


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