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(Spade Records) 15 tracks - digipac THE MAGIC VOICE OF VITO PICONE AND THE TERRIFIC HARMONIES OF... more

The Elegants: The Acapella Album (CD)

(Spade Records) 15 tracks - digipac

THE MAGIC VOICE OF VITO PICONE AND THE TERRIFIC HARMONIES OF THE ELEGANTS MADE THEM ONE OF THE BIGGEST WHITE GROUPS OF THE 1950'S AND EARLY 1960'S. EVEN DION MENTIONS VITO AS ONE OF HIS MAIN INFLUENCES WHEN HE WAS STARTING SINGING. THIS ALBUM BRINGS YOU A BUNCH OF RARE SONGS, ORIGINAL DEMOS [LIKE THE ONE OF LITTLE STAR FROM 1957) AND UNRELEASED PERFORMANCES FROM THE 1960'S AND 1970'S, ALL ACAPPELLA, JUST PURE HARMONY. FROM STATEN ISLAND, NY, HERE THEY ARE VITO PICONE & THE ELEGANTS!

Article properties: The Elegants: The Acapella Album (CD)

  • Interpret: The Elegants

  • Album titlle: The Acapella Album (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • Label Custom Pressing

  • Year of publication 2020
  • EAN: 2500006512692

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Elegants, The - The Acapella Album (CD) CD 1
01 Your cheatin heart The Elegants
02 Believe me The Elegants
03 Green eyes The Elegants
04 Talk to me The Elegants
05 Little boy blue The Elegants
06 The lady is a tramp The Elegants
07 Get well soon The Elegants
08 Getting dizzy (1957 demo) The Elegants
09 Teach me tonight The Elegants
10 What's your name The Elegants
11 The nearness of you The Elegants
12 That lucky old sun The Elegants
13 For your love The Elegants
14 Twinkle little star (1957 demo) The Elegants
15 Goodnight 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

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Tracklist
Elegants, The - The Acapella Album (CD) CD 1
01 Your cheatin heart
02 Believe me
03 Green eyes
04 Talk to me
05 Little boy blue
06 The lady is a tramp
07 Get well soon
08 Getting dizzy (1957 demo)
09 Teach me tonight
10 What's your name
11 The nearness of you
12 That lucky old sun
13 For your love
14 Twinkle little star (1957 demo)
15 Goodnight