The Melodeers (2)
(L to R) Bobby Rodgers, Joe Toscano and Pat Seminara
The Melodeers (2) (Brooklyn, New York)
1960 - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer / Wishing Is For Fools (Studio 9908)
1961 - Happy Teenage Times / Goo Goo (Sounds) (Studio 9909)
1961 - The Letter / Nairna Nairna (Shelley 127)
1962 - Born To Be Mine / Three Deuces And Twin Pipes (Shelley 161)
The Melodeers were three guys who grew up in Brooklyn NY and consisted of Robert N. Rogers, Phil Seminara and Joe R. Toscano. They were lucky enough to land a contract with 20th Century Fox. In the studios of 20th Century Fox they also had the chance to cross Vince Catalano. Vince Catalano was an arranger in the early 60s, who worked with such groups as the Excellents (“Coney Island Baby”) and Donnie & The Dreamers (“Count Every Star”).
Vince did some work for 20th Fox Records and arranged "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" for the Melodeers released on the subsidiary label, Studio. He also wrote and arranged the flipside, “Wishing Is For Fools”. Their version of Rudolph peaked at # 71 on the Billboard 100 chart. For their next single, Vince Catalano wrote and arranged "Happy Teenage Times" released by Studio again backed with "Goo Goo".
The group then signs with Shelley Records, a Sub-label of Golden Crest Records headed by Cold Spring Harbor resident Clark Galehouse at manufacturing premises in Huntington Station. Shelley released “The Letter“ b/w “Nairna Nairna“. For their second single, Ray Artis & Micky Carr compose the nice "Born To Be Mine" backed with "Three Deuces And Twin Pipes". A 1962 Cash Box story linked at a Ray Artis 45 on Bundy said that the Melodders was signed to Bundy, but it seems that Mickey Carr never released a Bundy 45 by them.
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Wishing Is For Fools
Happy Teenage Times Goo Goo (Sounds)
The Letter Nairna Nairna
Born To Be Mine Three Deuces And Twin Pipes
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