Plus, a fantastic Doo Wop Show by: The Leaders Of The Pack featuring Vito Picone of The Elegants, Larry Chance of The Earls, Emil Stucchio of The Classics, and Bob D’Andrea of The Knockouts
Born in the Bronx, NY, the multi-talented singer, comedian, actor, dancer, impressionist was bitten by the show business bug at a very early age. Soon after high school, he attended and graduated from the prestigious Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. In 1957 he formed The Knockouts and in 1960 he recorded the doo-wop hit Darling Lorraine. Bob has also appeared in movies such as the 1993 hit A Bronx Tale where he created and played the character Tony Toupee. Today, The Knockouts continue to bring their unique brand of music, comedy, energy & excitement to audiences everywhere.
Spanning from the late 1950's into the new millennium, the Earls have continuously been pleasing audiences with their flawless harmonies ceaseless vitality and endearing dedication to their fans. Larry Chance & the Earls represent the music that helped define Rock 'N' Roll, the original doo wop era that put the street corner- society onto the national charts.
Born in South Philadelphia, PA, Larry Chance grew up in a neighborhood noted for it's show business roots, spawning such talents as Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Mario Lanza, Danny & the Juniors, Joey Bishop, David Brenner, and many more. It was here Chance began his love affair with show business.
It was 1955 when his family moved to the Bronx, NY, there Larry discovered that vocal groups were to be found on almost every street corner, so he developed one of his own in 1957, with five friends, and called his group, the High-Hatters. By 1960 the group had evolved into what would then be called "the Earls". Through the years, the original members moved on to other things.
The Elegants, still based on Staten Island, New York, were formed in
1956 by their lead singer, Vito Picone, who also co-wrote their # l hit
single "Little Star."
The record sold over 2-1/2 million copies world-wide in 1958 on ABC Paramount's subsidiary label "APT." The group was named the #1 R&B and the #1 Pop artists of the year and adorned the cover of Cashbox Magazine receiving their gold record.
The group toured throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico in the late fifties and early sixties along with the early legends of their time until the U.S. Army and The Beatles changed the direction of their lives and careers.
Vito Picone (Original Lead Singer), was born and raised in South Beach, Staten Island spent four years at New Dorp H.S. Graduated from the Germain School of Photography in NYC. He has owned Headline Talent Inc., a booking agency on Broadway in New York City for over 25 years. He has two sons and one daughter. He is still a resident of Staten Island currently residing in Prince's Bay.
"A certain kind of magic happens when The Classics step onto the stage and begin sailing from one song to another"... Emil Stucchio and The Classics’ unique style puts them in a class of their own. They received their recording contract in 1959 and their first release "Cinderella" hit the national Top 100. In 1963, The Classics released TILL THEN which sold over 5 1/2 million records and was voted #6 on the all-time Top 100 records on CBS FM! Their follow-up P.S. I LOVE YOU in 1964 was also a top 40 record.
The foundation of The Classics is the outstanding original lead voice of