The Kents (1)
The Kents (1) (New York)
Dennis Duffy (First Tenor )
Joe Rinando (Lead & Bass)
Little Frankie LaRussa (Lead & High Tenor)
Tony LaMonica (Second Tenor & Lead)
Woody Reynolds (with Guitar & Baritone)
1958 - I found my girl / Whith all my heart and soul (Argo 5299)
1958 - I love you so / Happy Beat (Dome 501)
1957 - Nita Juanita
1957 - Sandy
1958 - Little Brother
1958 - I Wish
By Joe Rinando.
We started in Sept. 1957 "Nita Juanita" & "Sandy" was our first record that we cut with All Brown's Band in Dec. 1957 . Recorded in December 1957 with Al Brown's Band.
"Nita Juanita" was written by Johnny Maestro (Mastrangelo). Originally released as "My Juanita" in 1956 by The Crests on the Joyce Label (Al Brown's Label). This version, arranged by Joe RInando, was a more up-beat version of Johnny's song
All the other were cut on Good Friday 1958 at Belltone Studios in Manhattan with Sammy Lowe's Band. He and I worked on all the arrangements and he did each instruments music.
Dennis Duffy & Tony Baxter left the group in late 1958, then Bobby DeRita took both of their places and he could harmonize better then both of them.
As far as who we sang with, when & where, it was the Tri-State Area.
Payola killed us as the DJ Tommy Smalls, Known as Dr. Jive in NYC was a silent partner at Dome Records and he was one of the first indicted for taking payoffs from other record labels and groups to play their songs on his radio show.
(Thanks to Gilda Tabarez)
Happy Beat With All My Heart and Soul
I love you so I found my girl
Nita Juanita Little Brother
I Wish Sandy
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