• The Runarounds (1) aka The Emotions (1) aka The Moments aka Four Dreams


    The Runarounds (1) (Brooklyn, New York)
    aka The Emotions (1) aka The Moments aka Four Dreams


    Personnel :

    Joe Favale (Lead)

    Tony Maltese (Tenor)

    Larry Cusimano (Second Tenor)

    Joe Nigro (Baritone)

    Dom Collura (Bass)


    Discography :

    1961 -  The Nearest Thing To Heaven / Lovers Lane (Pio 107)


    Biography :

    The Emotions was formed in 1958 by Joe Favale and Tony Maltese. Recently discharged from the Navy Joe began singing with a group from lower Manhattan called The Moments. After a couple of years of performing but having no luck getting a record contract they disbanded. At the same time Tony Maltese's group, The Runarounds decided to call it quits.

    The Moments

    One night while singing Doo-Wop harmonies together in Maple Lanes bowling alley in Brooklyn they decided to join forces and start a new group. They enlisted the services of Dom Colurra, Larry Cusamano and Joe Nigro. They called themselves The Runarounds, and acquired a personal manager named Henry Boye.

                                                                                             Tony Maltese's first Runarounds

    Henry was responsible for the group's first recording contract with Pio records. In August 1961 their first record of the aforementioned songs was released — and promptly flopped. A year later they changed their name to The Emotions.

    Songs :

    The Nearest Thing To Heaven   /  Lovers Lane



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