• The Knockouts

    The Knockouts

     The Knockouts (North Bergen / Bayonne, New Jersey)
     (By Hans-Joachim)





    Bob D’Andrea (Lead)

    Eddie Parente (Guitar)

    Harry Venuta (Drums) (replaced by Pierre LaSalle in 1960)

    Bob Collada (Piano)

    Discography :

    1959 - Darling Lorraine / Riot In Room 3C (Shad 5013)
    1960 - Rich Boy - Poor Boy / Please Be Mine (Shad 5018)
    1961 - You Can Take My Girl / Fever (MGM 13010)
    1964 - Mo Jo (Part 1) (Got My Mo Jo Working) / Mo Jo (Part 2)  (Tribute 199)
    1964 - What's On Your Mind / Tweet-Tweet (Tribute 201)
    1964 - Don't Say Goodbye (instrumental) / Ecuador (Tribute 203)
    1965 - Falling From Paradise* / Ecuador* (Tribute 216)
    *credited to Bob D’Andrea & The Knockouts

    1960 - Please Be Mine (Allegro acetate)
    N/A - Stormy Weather
    N/A - Jungle Mambo

    1964 -Go Ape With The Knockouts (Tribute LP 1202)Mo Jo Pt. 1 / Darling Lorraine* / Tweet Tweet / Ecuador / Poor Boy - Rich Boy** / I Got A Woman Pt. 1 / What’s On Your Mind / Give Me A Chance / Number One Girl / Molly Malone / Don’t Say Goodbye / I Got A Woman Pt. 2
    *re-recording, **re-recording of Rich Boy - Poor Boy



    The Knockouts hailed from North Bergen and Bayonne, New Jersey and consisted of Bob D'Andrea (vocals), Eddie Parente (guitar), Bob Collada (piano) and Harry Venuta (drums). In 1959, their manager Chic Salerno persuaded Bob Shad of Time/Brent Records, who'd just come off two hits with "I've had it" by the Bell Notes and "It Was I" by Skip and Flip, to sign his boys.


    Aware of their limitations as vocalists, The Knockouts hedged their bets by placing "Darling Lorraine", which sounded like a bunch of leathery-faced cowboys breaking into an impromptu doo-wop session around the camp fire. Shad heavily hyped "Darling Lorraine" in New York area in the autumn of '59 and the song ascended to #45 on the charts just before the payola bandwagon came to a crashing halt amid a welter of recriminations and investigations.


    During the 60's, The Knockouts used to perform in Seaside, NJ at the Parrot Club, Luciano's in Lodi, NJ, in Lyndhurst, NJ and also up at Greenwood Lake, NY on weekends. Bob Catucci (aka Pierre LaSalle) replaced Harry Venuta in 1960.

                                                left Eddie Parente, right Bob D'Andrea; back: left. Bob Collada, right Pierre LaSalle

    Pierre was with the group in all the recordings that followed Lorraine and stayed with them until the group started to decline in the early mid sixties. Bob D’Adrea went on to form a comedy duo called Andre and Cirell which still performs around the Jersey Shore.


    Darling Lorraine



    Darling Lorraine (short ending)  Darling Lorraine (alt. take with long ending)  Riot In Room 3c

    Rich Boy - Poor Boy                 Please Be Mine              You Can Take My Girl

    Fever                                    Mo Jo Pt. 1                  What’s On Your Mind

    Tweet-Tweet                       Don’t Say Goodbye                   Ecuador

    Darling Lorraine (album version)   Poor Boy - Rich Boy (album version)  Give Me A Chance

    I Got A Woman Part 1             I Got A Woman Part 2             Number One Girl

    Molly Malone                      Stormy Weather                    Jungle Mambo

     Please Be Mine





  • Comments

    Eddie R
    Saturday 1st April 2017 at 17:45

    Being from Bergen County, my friends and I use to go to Luciano's on Rte 46 in Lodi every weekend to see the Knockouts. The time frame was 1961 to 1963. They were great. I still can see Pierre Lasalle rolling his eyes and playing the drums. One of my favorite songs they did was Elvis’s “Wooden Heart”. I met lots of people in Luciano’s who were, shall I say, very interesting characters.

    Robert Gallagher
    Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 20:46

    Part of the story above is not accurate as my Mom wrote the song Darling Lorraine and they tried stealing it from my mom without any writing credit. Long story short we sued them and got writing credit. The reason why the song peaked at 45 was because of an injunction put on the song by my Mothers lawyer and stopped all airplay & sales at the time. They later settled and asked my Mom to write more songs for them and she agreed. She also wrote Please Be Mine but the released was a cha cha but my Mom proposed it be done more like the acetate above and i don't know why they decided to release the cha cha version. Please feel free to email me for any questions you may have. My Mom is deceased and i promised her to always tell the true story about her song. 

    Harry Piekema
    Thursday 20th September 2018 at 20:32

    I was working with a group in Monroe NY in 1961 - 62 & we would spend our breaks rushing down to the Long Pond in Greenwood Lake to see The Knockouts.  On more than one occasion they returned the favor by visiting us in Monroe.  A shame the group is noted as a 'One Hit Wonder' as much of their material was really great .  Years later I saw Bobby D'Andrea playing  with a group called the New Knockouts at the Jersey Shore (none of the original members).  Working at a music store I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby Coloda (rip) who was working as a sales rep for RMI piano's - he was great guy & fantastic keyboard player … remembering the whole store came to a stop when he started demonstrating the pianos.  I last saw Pierre LaSalle / Bob Catucci (rip) in 70-71 when playing at a club in NJ.
    So glad to see Bob D'Andrea still keeping the Knockouts alive after all this time.

      • Alan Jacobus
        Thursday 20th June 2019 at 07:00

        The Knockouts played at the Mountain Lakes Inn on the east shore - not the Long Pond Inn on the west shore of Greenwood Lake, NY.

        The Long Pond Inn was a great venue also, and hosted many of the famous artists of the late 50's and early 60's who were put out of work by the British Invasion. I remember seeing Jerry Lee Lewis and the Shirelles there in the mid-60's

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