Denise [Stereo]Hi, Randy & The Rainbows are a doo-wop group from the Queens, New York. Members included, Dominick “Randy” Safuto-lead, his brother Frank Safuto, brothers Mike and Sal Zero and Ken Arcipowski. The group was originally known as Jr. And The Counts. They formed in 1962 and a year later recorded their biggest hit of all, “DENISE”.
On June 15, 1963 Randy & The Rainbows entered the Billboard Hot 100 with their timeless classic, “Denise” on the Rust Records label. The record became a big hit nationally, charting at #18 on the R&B chart and #10 on the Hot 100. “Denise” charted for 17 weeks and was a DJ radio favorite. The groups follow-up single started off on a roll but soon slowed down, “WHY DO KIDS GROW UP” just broke the Hot 100 at #97. It was their last Hot 100 hit.
They continued to perform and toured in future years with, The Spinners, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The 4 Seasons and many other top acts. In 2001 they released a new album, “Play Ball” and appeared on the 2001 PBS special D00-Wop 51. Turn on your favorite oldies station and your sure to hear Randy & The Rainbows singing “Denise”, this great oldie has continued to be a pop/doo-wop favorite and one of the big hits from the early 1960’s.
Till the next time—Joe