• The Bay Bops


    The Bay Bops (Brooklyn, New York)

    Personnel :

    Dany Zipfel (Lead)

    Barney Zarzana (Baritone/Bass)

    Georges Taylor Jr (Tenor)

    Bobby Serrao (Second Tenor)

    Discography :

    1958 - Joannie / Follow The Rock (Coral 61975)
    1958 - To The Party / My Darling My Sweet (Coral 62004)

    Unreleased :
    1978 - Secret (Unreleased Demo) (Crystal Ball LP 129)
    1978 - Tomboy (Unreleased Demo) (Crystal Ball LP 129)

    Biography :

    This vocal quartet was formed in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in 1957 by Barney Zarzana, Danny Zipfel, Bobby Serrao and George Taylor Jnr. "Joannie", arranged by a young Neil Sedaka, was their debut Coral single in March 1958 and it went on to sell over a quarter of a million copies.

    Appearances on Dick Clark's television show and the Dean Martin Telethon, plus tours with the Drifters and Flamingos, helped to make the Bay Bops perhaps the most well-known white doo-wop group of the time.


    After their second single, "My Darling, My Sweet"/"To The Party", in May 1958, the group broke up when Zipfel started another vocal group. The three remaining Bay Bops used the Ravens' Lou Frazier as lead for brief time. In the mid-60s Zipfel recorded for MGM Records without a great deal of success.

     In 1958 a new version of the Bay Bops was formed by Barney Zarzana and his brothers Michael, Vinnie and Sal, but they did not record.

    Songs :

    To the Party                                   Follow The Rock

    Joannie                                               My Darling, My Sweet

    Secret (Unreleased Demo)          Tomboy (Unreleased Demo)



  • Comments

    Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 15:01

    I just heard from Bobby Diskin that Barney Zarzana (Bay Bops) has passed today.


    May he rest in peace.


    Bobby Diskin
    Friday 2nd October 2020 at 23:45

    Yes, Barney Zarzana passed on recently - but Danny Zip and George Taylor Jr. predeceased him.  Only Bobby Serrao is still with us.  The Bay Bops were on many TV shows, but by no means were they  the most well known white group back then.  Never heard of Dion/Belmonts? 

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