• The Paramours circa 1960 (from left) Mike Reiter, Sal Fasulo, Bill Medley, Don Fiduccia

    The Paramours (1) (Santa Ana, California)


    Personnel :

    Mike Reiter

    Sal Fasulo

    Bill Medley

    Don Fiduccia

    Discography :

    The Paramours (1)
    Singles :
    1961 - That's The Way We Love / Prison Break (Smash 1701)
    1961 - Miss Social Climber / Cutie Cutie (Smash 1718)
    1962 - There She Goes / That's All I Want Tonight (Moonglow 214)
    Unreleased :
    1961 - Long Tall Sally (Smash)

    Penny Richard & The Paramours (1)
    1961 - I’ll Be Yours / The Only Way (Moonglow 201)

    Biography :

    In the early sixties, Bill Medley hooked up with his guitar-playing friend, Don Fiduccia, forming a vocal group called the Romancers. They each wrote a song and made a demo. Sometime later, they formed a quartet named the Paramours by adding Mike Reiter and Roger Scott. Roger married, left the group, and Sal Fasulo replaced him as tenor. The Paramours signed a contract with Mercury Records on their subsidiary label— Smash Records . They recorded a Medley original « That’s The Way We Love » .

    The Romancers : Bill Medley & Don Fiduccia                                                  

    The tune didn’t hit the charts, but they did have some guest TV appearances and cut another single on the Smash label. Sal Fasulo left the group and Bobby Hatfield, who was member of another group called The Variations took his place. The following year, Medley and keyboard player Johnny Wimber of the Paramours got together with Hatfield and the reconfigured group had a single on Moonglow Records, "There She Goes (She's Walking Away)," written by Medley.

    The Paramours at Jon's Black Derby, Santa Ana, CA—circa 1960
    from left Bobby Hatfield, Don Fiduccia, John Wimber, Angelo Biondo, Bill Medley

    None of these three Paramours releases had much impact beyond the immediate families of the group members. They continued working clubs as the Paramours. They continued working clubs as the Paramours. While with Moonglow, Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley reacted to a shout from the audience during a performance, “That was righteous, brother.”

    The Righteous Brothers

    The rest, as they say, is history. The Paramours changed their name. Even as the Righteous Brothers, the duo had only marginal success with Moonglow. It was their move to Philles and Phil Spector's “wall of sound” where magic began to happen.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim)

    The Paramours (1)

    That's The Way We Love            Prison Break                  Miss Social Climber

    There She Goes                 That's All I Want Tonight              Cutie Cutie

    Penny Richard & The Paramours (1)

    I’ll Be Yours                            The Only Way

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