• The Unitones
    Sal Roberto

    The Unitones (Middletown, Connecticut)

    Personnel :

    Joe Marino (Lead)

    Vin Carta (Bass)

    Mike Garafolo (Tenor)

    Sal Roberto (Baritone)

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1959 - Judy / The Sound (Candy 005)
    Unreleased :
    1959 - Land By The Sea (Candy)
    1959 - Lorraine (Candy)


    The Unitones formes as a group in November 1957. All member are from Middletown. The four members, Joe Marino, Vin Carta, Mike Garafolo and Sal Roberto started singing on a Middletown High School basketball bus ride home from an away game. All the singers played basketball for Middletown High. Accompaniment at the Quartet's performances was Frank Baratta (Piano) and Joe Zimmitti (Drums). One of the classmates of the group was the daughter of Mickey Maroni, who later founded M-Z Records. Maroni's daughter listen to the group rehearse, and she persuaded her father to hear the Unitones. Maroni agreed to manage the group, and arranged for them perform at many locations all over Connecticut and Western Massachusetts in 1957, 1958 and 1959. The Group often appears at Mountain Park in Holyoke, Massachusetts. They sang on the same stage t a park in Bridgeport with a young Neil Sedaka in 1957. Maroni arranged for the group to record their single for Candy records. When they recorded, The Unitones utilised the talents of four friends who where members of the High School band, a saxophonist, trumpeter, guitarist and bassist.Frank Baratta and Joe Marino wrote the group's four songs, recorded in New York City in February 1959. Candy released only "Judy" b/w "The Sound".

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    Judy                                      The Sound


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