• The Tri-Tones (1)
    (L to R) : Dick Burlingame, Ernie Bruno  & Richie Brill 

    The Tri-Tones (1) (New York)

    Personnel :

    Ernie Bruno (Lead Vocal & Accordion))

    Richie Brill (Vocal Trumpet)

    Dick Burlingame (Vocal & bass)

    Bob Alderman (Guitarist)

    Philip A. Paclo (Drummer)

    Bud Brusgul  (Guitarist)

    Discography :

    1957 - Chicken In The Basket / You (Ranger 9650/9651)
    1958 - Shumwaa / Flipped (Raycraft 27582)


    Biography :

    In 1956, at Poughkeepsie High School, Dick Burlingame had the idea of starting a singing group, a Rock and Roll group. With Ernie Bruno and Richie Brill, they start as a Rhythm’ blues group to sing in three part harmony with no accompaniment. The trio first sang in the 1956 Thanksgiving show of the Town of Poughkeepsie Patrolmen’s Benevolent association. Their four numbers were so well received that The youths appeared In several other area shows and dances In the next few weeks. They sang at the Beacon High school prom, at a Roosevelt High school dance for the cerebral palsy fund, at a New Year s eve party at St Mary's school In Fishkill, at a firemen's show in Beacon and in a show at the Rehabilitation center in Haverstraw.

    The Tri-Tones (1)
    (L to R) : Bob Alderman, Philip A. Paclo & Bud  Brusgul

    At rehearsals they met another school-boy group, a three piece orchestra which also was preparing to appear in the flremen show. The three instrumentalists were Phil (Philip A. Paclo) the drummer, Bud (Edmund) Brusgul and Bob (Robert) Alderman. Both Bud and Bob are electric guitarists. Drums and two guitars make a wonderful background for singers, so the two groups got together and formed the Tri-Tones. In November they played for a dance at Marlboro High schooL and cut their record. "Chicken in The Basket"  is on one side, "You" on the other. Ernie wrote both. With this single, the boys occur everywhere in the region and accumulate commitments.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    Chicken In The Basket                                   You                

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