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​(1991/Collectables) 12 tracks more

The Elegants: Little Star - The Best Of Elegants (CD)

​(1991/Collectables) 12 tracks

Article properties: The Elegants: Little Star - The Best Of Elegants (CD)

  • Interpret: The Elegants

  • Album titlle: Little Star - The Best Of Elegants (CD)

  • Label Collectables

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1991
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0090431542026

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Elegants, The - Little Star - The Best Of Elegants (CD) CD 1
01 Little Star The Elegants
02 Getting Dizzy The Elegants
03 Please Believe Me The Elegants
04 Goodnight The Elegants
05 True Love Affair The Elegants
06 Pay Day The Elegants
07 Little Boy Blue The Elegants
08 Get Well Soon The Elegants
09 Still Waiting The Elegants
10 Rain, Rain The Elegants
11 True Love Affair (alternate take) The Elegants
12 Little Boy Blue (alternate take) The Elegants
The Elegants Little Star Just as New York was ground zero for black vocal groups, now... more
"The Elegants"

The Elegants

Little Star

Just as New York was ground zero for black vocal groups, now a battalion of Italian-American aggregations from the same metropolis followed their lead. The Elegants hailed from Staten Island; lead singer Vito Picone and baritone Carman Romano had been members of Pat Cordel and The Crescents, whose 1956 kiddie sound single Darling Come Back, which Vito wrote, came out on the Club label.

When that ended without an encore, Vito and Carman found first tenor Artie Venosa, second tenor Frank Tardogno, and bass Jimmy Moschella to form The Elegants in 1957, taking their name from a liquor ad ("Schenley, the whiskey of elegance"). Vito and Artie brainstormed the mid-tempo Little Star as a nursery rhyme takeoff and talked Bea Kaslin of Hull and Mascot Records into recording their creation in April of 1958 along with the rocking flip Getting Dizzy (all five members penned it).

Kaslin had a habit of passing promising masters along to better-established concerns for national consumption. Instead of contacting her usual source, Leonard Chess (he'd picked up The Monotones' Book Of Love and The Pastels' Been So Long from her), Bea handed the record to ABC-Paramount, which put it out in June on its Apt (for American Paramount Theaters) subsidiary. That did the trick for The Elegants' debut: that August Little Star was the number one pop platter in the U.S. and followed suit on the R&B side.

Which makes it all the more amazing that The Elegants never cracked the Hot 100 again, despite their attractive encore Please Believe Me, taken at much the same mid-tempo clip as their smash, later in the year and a Tardogno-led True Love Affair in early '59. Kaslin put out The Elegants' Little Boy Blue on her Hull label in 1960, but that didn't regenerate their momentum. Neither did a pair of 1960 United Artists releases, nor the one-off Tiny Cloud for ABC the next year. A car wreck sidelined Vito; when he came back, he and The Elegants went their separate ways. At Laurie Records, Picone and his retooled Elegants sang on The Barbarians' 1966 rock hit Moulty. Vito later segued into the personal management biz.  . 

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Vol.10, Street Corner Symphonies 1958

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/various-vol.10-street-corner-symphonies-1958.html
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