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


    Personnel :

    Richie Tsonos (Lead)

    Larry Loeb (First Tenor)

    Larry Rizzo (Baritone)

    Harry Jay (Second Tenor)

    Fred "Duke" Hodgkinson (Bass)


    Discography :

    Singles :
    1965 - My Heart Belongs To You / Hello Love (Magna 1315/Chess 1869)
    1965 - It Isn't Fair / Everybody Knows (Magna 1315)

    Unreleased :
    1963 - Here We Go Again
    1964 - All Over Again
    1965 - I Won't Cry Anymore
    1965 - Twist & Shout
    1965 - Murray the K


    Biography :

    After much practice Tony & The Holidays  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".

    Buddy Sheppard & 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 Standards                                                              

    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 Standards

     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 :

    My Heart Belongs To You              Hello Love                         It Isn't Fair

    Everybody Knows





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