•   The Neons (1) (Brooklyn, New York)


    Personnel :

    Frank Vignari (First Tenor)

    Jeff Pearl (Second Tenor)

    Ronald Derin (Baritone)

    Norman Isaacoff (Bass)


    Discography :

    1956 - Angel face / Kiss me quickly (Tetra 4444)
    1957 - Road of romance / My Chickadee (Tetra 4449)
    1960 - Golden dream / Angel face (Gone 5090)
    1974 - Golden Dreams / Honey Bunn (Vintage 1016)


    Biography :

    Doo-wop quartet from the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, NY, the Neons' influences included the Harptones, Cadillacs, Moonglows, Spaniels, and the Flamingos. They befriended Raoul Cita, the Harptones' musical arranger, who tightened their harmony and presentation, something he did for many other New York groups. Cita introduced them to Monty Bruce, the owner of Bruce Records and the guy who recorded the Harptones. Bruce formed a new label, Tetra Records, for the Neons' releases.

    Monty Bruce                                                                                            Raoul Cita              

    Their Tetra debut dropped in the fall of 1956. "Angel Face" broke out in the New York/Philadelphia area and received some national attention. The members wrote the song and its flip "Kiss Me Quickly." When it took off, the gigs came. Many were surprised to see four white guys doo-wopping, but it worked. At this time the group added Nick Bernini. Tetra issued a second single early in 1957 "Road Of Romance" b/w "My Chickadee," initially duplicated its predecessor, then fell from contention when Bruce abruptly quit the record business, causing the single to nosedive off the charts.  Like thousands of other hopefuls, they never saw a royalty check for their performance as artists or as writers. Heck, they never even signed contracts, which made any legal redress moot.

    And who could afford a lawyer anyway? Nonpayment of royalties is a situation that some take better than others; obviously, the Brooklyn natives didn't cotton to ripoffs and refused to be exploited further. "Angel Face" b/w "Golden Dream" was reissued on George Goldners' Gone Records in 1959. Their last performance was in 1960 on New Years Eve. Afterwards, members left to join the service. Darwin is the only member to remain in music and later sung with the Creations. ~ Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide


    Songs :

    Angel face                            Kiss me quickly

    Road of romance                   My Chickadee



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