• The Chaperones (1)

    The Chaperones (1)  (Long Island, New York)




    Personnel :

    Tony Amato (Lead)

    Roy Marchesano (Tenor)

    Tommy Ronca (Second Tenor)

    Nick Salvato (Baritone)

    Dave Kelly (Bass)





    Discography :
     
    The Chaperones (1)
    1960 - Cruise To The Moon / Dance With Me (Josie 880)
    1962 - Shining Star / My Shadow And Me (Josie 885)
    1963 - Man From The Moon / Blueberry Sweet (Josie 891)

    Lou Jordan & The Chaperones (1)
    1962 - Paradise For Two / Close Your Eyes (Josie 888)

    Lee Adrian (bb the Chaperones)
    1960 - Barbara, Let's Go Steady /  I'm So Lonely (Richcraft 5006)






    Biography :

    The Chaperones are one of the first street corner harmony Doo wop groups formed in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York in the late 1950s. The original members of the group were Tony Amato , Roy Marchesano , Tommy Ronca , Nick Salvato  and Dave Kelly (bass). Initially known as the Sharptones and the Fairlanes, until the Josie record label named the group "The Chaperones" for its relevance to the dances and proms of the day. The Chaperones were signed by Josie Records a spin off label or Jubilee Records in 1959 after Nick Salvato played the group's first demo for his C.W. Post College classmate Steve Blaine, son of Josie head Jerry Blaine.

      

    The groups initial Josie recording, "Cruise to the Moon", was produced by Steve Blaine and Mickey Eichner. By the time "Cruise to the Moon" was released in 1960, Rich Messina had replaced Dave Kelly as bass. In the meantime, The Chaperones backed up Lee Adrian on "Barbara, Let's Go Steady" and "So Lonely" (Richcraft Records). After the success of "Cruise to the Moon", the group performed regularly in the New York area at supermarket openings and theme parks. They appeared at Murray the K's shows at Frontierland in Patchogue and Freedomland in the Bronx, at Bruce Morrow shows co-billing The Earls and The Five Discs, and at Palisades Park with The Five Satins.


    Richard Messina, Tommy Ronca, Tony Amato, Roy Marchesano  and Nick Salvato

    The Chaperones' 1961 follow-up record "Shining Star" was an attempt to play on the success of "Little Star" by The Elegants and "Hushabye" by The Mystics. They backed Lou Jordan on "Paradise for Two" and "Close Your Eyes" in 1961 on Josie. They then released their last record on Josie: a remake of the Chandeliers' "Blueberry Sweet" backed with "Man From the Moon".
    http://thechaperones.net





    Songs :


    The Chaperones (1)

         
    Cruise To The Moon                  Dance With Me                  Shining Star

         
    My Shadow And Me              Man From The Moon                Blueberry Sweet


    Lou Jordan & The Chaperones (1)

      
    Paradise For Two                               Close Your Eyes


    Adrian Lee (bb the Chaperones)

       
    1960 - Barbara , Let’s Go Steady                  I'm So Lonely



     




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  • Comments

    1
    Thursday 30th April 2009 at 03:07
    correction of Groups Bio
    The Chaperones were not put together by Tony Amato. Tony Amato joined the group last. Nick Salvato & Tommy Ronca & Roy Marchesano put The Chaperones together. The Tony Amato Bio is wrong. Tony came after we already had " Cruise to the Moon" written Tommy Ronca
    2
    Monday 29th March 2010 at 17:55
    The Chaperones (1)
    http://www.thechaperones.net/files/Chaperones%20History.jpg
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