The Impossibles (1) aka The Maniacs
The Impossibles (1) (Brooklyn, New York)
aka The Maniacs
Richard Albanese (Lead)
Frank Vultaggio (Second Tenor)
Steve Tuttolomondo (First Tenor)
Joe Carrao (Baritone)
Bob Emrick (Bass)
The Impossibles (1)
1959 - Well It's Alright / Mr. Maestro (RMP 1030)
1960 - Well It's Alright' (66) / Everywhere I Go (RMP 501)
1961 - I Can't Dance / The Tenants' Blues (RMP 508)
1964 - Get The Whip (Chess)
1964 - Dance The Jerk (Chess)
During the late fifties, in the Ridgewood section of Brooklyn, New York, five young men spent many of their evenings in Grove St. Park harmonizing with various other local neighborhood groups. These five young men were hoping to cut records, as some of the other groups had already done. A meeting was arranged with an independent producer named Joseph Pellegrino, Jr.. He realized the potential of this eager quintet and decided to become their manager. Soon after they were given their name : The Impossibles... A few months later, Mr Pellegrino brought his new group to The O.D.O Recording Studios in New York City where they cut "Mr Maestro". It was released on RMP label in November 1959. Locally, the record was received well and almost immediately the Impossibles became celebrities in the eyes of their classmates at Bushwick High School.
I Mars of 1960, Pellegrino teamed up with another independent producer, Ken Robertson. he result was a second release for the Impossibles on the Mp label entitled : Everywhere I Go . By this time, the boys were very busy singing at school dances and many of the local clubs in Brooklyn & Queens. By mid-January 1961, the boys had recorded their third, and least successful, RMP release "I Can't Dance". The Impossibles continued doing local shows and in 1963 made their television debut on the Clay Cole show. In 1964, while performing at the World's Fair, the group was spotted by a talent scout employed by Chess record.
The Clay Cole Show (1963)
TAn audition was set up during which the boys were asked to do a song written by the famous Poindexter Brothers about a new dance craze called the Whip. The Group's name was changed to the Maniacs. During their first and last recording session with Chess, which including a 30 piece orchestra, the Maniacs cut two sides "Get The Whip" and "Dance The Jerk". While waiting for Chess to release these two sides, month after month dragged and nothing happened. Finally, after singing together for more than six years, the Impossibles decided to call it "quits" in early 1965.
(Updated by Hans-Joachim)
The Impossibles (1)
Mr. Maestro Every Where I Go Well It's Alright
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