Hello, The Detergents are a novelty vocal trio from New York. Members included Ron Dante (of The Archies and Cuff Links), Tommy Wynn and Danny Jordan. Their speciality was parody songs. The groups biggest hit was a their hit, LEADER OF THE LAUNDROMAT. It was a parody to The Shangri-Las big hit, LEADER OF THE PACK A #1 hit record from 1964. In 1964 Ron Dante, Tommy Wynn and Danny Jordan were all staff writers and session singers for Don Kirshner’s Aldon Music.
On December 5, 1964 The Detergents made their Billboard Hot 100 debut with their novelty recording of LEADER OF THE LAUNDROMAT on Roulette Records. The lead vocal was by Danny Jordan. The single became a huge hit as it moved up the Hot 100 to #19. The composers of LEADER OF THE PACK filed a lawsuit against the group. The suit was settled out of court. Three years later Ron Dante became lead vocalist for the very successful cartoon group, The Archies. The success of LEADER OF THE LAUNDROMAT led to appearances on popular TV music shows, “Shindig!” and “Hullabaloo”. The group also toured with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars.
In March of 1965 The Detergents charted their second Hot 100 record, DOUBLE-O-SEVEN a parody of James Bond movies. The single also on Roulette Records did not achieve the success of their first hit. DOUBLE-O-SEVEN charted at #89. It would be The Detergents last hit record. The group remained active until 1966.
Their hit single LEADER OF THE LAUNDROMAT is a very funny song and is always good for a smile…That’s a great thing about the music from the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”, we could laugh at ourself, have fun with the music…we could sure use more of today.
Till the next time—Joe