THE CLASSICS–“TILL THEN”

Hello,   The Classics are an Italian-American doo-wop group from Brooklyn, New York.  They were first known as the Perennials in 1958.  Members included Emil Stucchio-lead vocal, Johnny Gambale, Tony Victor and Jamie Troy.  The guys lived on the same street and went to the same school and by 1958 had put together a singing group to perform at local events.  They changed their name to The Classics, signed a recording contract with the small Dart Records label and recorded three singles for Dart, none that reached the national chart, although “CINDERELLA” in 1960 did reach the Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart at #109.

In 1963 they signed to record with Musicnote Records.  The Classics covered a 1944 hit of The Mills Brothers, that song was “TILL THEN”.  The record became a local favorite and then made its entry on the national chart, the Billboard Hot 100.  On June 22, 1963 “Till Then” made its debut,  the single remained on the Hot 100 for over two months and climbed the chart to #20, giving the group a big summer hit.  In September they would follow-up with, “P.S. I LOVE YOU”.  The single would reach the Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart at #120.  They would not chart another national hit record.

The Classics did chart a hit record on the Billboard R&B chart in 1961.  A song they recorded on Dart Records was picked up by Mercury Records, that song was “LIFE IS BUT A DREAM SWEETHEART” and it became a #27 hit on the R&B chart.  The Classics  continued to record for other labels between 1965 and 1967 after that the group drifted apart.  In 1971 Emil and Jamie joined with two former Passions members to form the Profits.  A decade later the group, down to a trio were still doing shows.

The Classics one big national hit “Till Then” is listed as one of the top Doo-Wop songs of all time by Gribin/Schiff, in their book, “The Complete Book Of Doo-Wop” a must for any doo-wop music fan.  Their hit is still being played on oldies radio some 48 years later and still sounds as good as when it was new.  “Till Then” a great oldies classic, from the “Golden Era of Rock and Roll.  Anyone care to dance?

Till the next time—Joe

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