• The Van Dykes (4) (New Heaven,Connecticut)


    Personnel :

    Frank Ruggiero

    Joe Tiberia

    Art DeNicholas

    Tom Juliano


    Discography :

    1965 - Rich Girl / Again And Again  (Green-Sea 101)
    1966 - Miracle After Miracle / How Can I Forget Her (Green-Sea 108)
    1967 - Rich Girl / Miracle After Miracle (Co-Op 515)
    1967 - Rock-A-Bye Girl / I'll Be By (Co-Op 516)


    Biography :

    The Catalinas were started in 1957, by Art Denicholas and Tommy Juliana, were school chums at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven. 

    The Catalinas

    Their first record was on Little Records in NYC.... " Give Me Your Love"   backed with "Castle of Love", both written by Art and Tommy .They did many live shows and tours, til art had to go into the Army in 1961, where he entertained with the USO in Germany for two years.

    When his tour of duty was over, he arrived home to New Haven, to find that his parent's house was decorated with a big sign, made by his old friend Tommy, who let Art know.....we gotta start up a new group , thus the Van Dykes were born in 1963.        

        1965 Harvard (Frankie, Tommy, Art)                                      1966 Van Dykes (Art, Bobby, Russell, Tommy, Frankie)   

     The Van Dykes were the only band in New Haven to have three #1 singles in a row.  WAVZ 1300am and WNHC 1340am , both am stationsand the general public loved the Van Dykes! ....yes New Haven was home to the Five Satins, but they only had one  #1....plus a string of singles, but no other number ones.     

    By Bobby Roche


    Songs :

    Rich Girl                              Again And Again                    I'll Be Bye

    Rock-A-Bye Girl               Miracle After Miracle       How Can I Forget Her

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