The Gleams (2)
The Gleams (2) (Wantagh, New York)
Frankie "Love" Montanaro (Lead)
The Gleams (2)
1961 - You Broke My Heart / I Don't Know Why You Sent For Me (Kip 236/237)
1962 - Save Her Love For Me / First Star (La Rosa 101)
1963 - Stranger At The Dance / Moon Of Love (La Rosa 102)
1966 - First Star / You've Been Wrong (Loma 2033)
The Gleams got on the nationwide Bubbling under chart in September 1961 after a month of good regional sales and stayed there for two weeks. But competition was tough in the vocal group arena. The Cleftones were breaking big with "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," and The Belmonts "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" had jumped on the Charts at #78.
Frankie "Love" Montanaro
"You Broke My Heart" was penned by Steve Verroca, who came to the US from Italy in the late 50s and went on to produce Link Wray's comeback albums for Virgin, in the early 1970s. One more week at the very bottom, and the Gleams disappeared under the shadow of such new hits as "Sweet For My Sweet" by the Drifters and The Dovells "Bristol Stomp". If the Gleams had a bigger push than that from the Pik/Kip operation, they might have made the big time.
This smooth rockin'doo wop is a classic of the style, spotlighting a great lead singer know as Frankie "Love" Montanaro. Frankie will join Ferris & The Wheels (2) and recorded two singles on Bambi & United Artists before trying his luck solo.
You Broke My Heart I Don't Know Why You Sent For Me
Moon of Love Stranger at the Dance First Star
Save Her Love For Me
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