Hello, The Imaginations never charted a national hit record, but the group has remained a favorite with doo-wop music lovers. Two of their songs are listed in the Top 1,000 Doo-Wop Song Of All Time, by Gribin and Schiff in their best-selling book, “The Complete Book Of Doo-Wop. Those two songs are: “HEY YOU”-1961 and “THE SEARCH IS OVER”-1961.
Original members of the group included, Frank Mancuso, lead vocals…Bobby Bloom…Philip Agtuca…Pete Agtuca…and…Richie LaCausi. The Imaginations formed in Long Island, New York. On March 7, 1961 at Music Makers Studio on West 57th Street in Manhattan, the group recorded…HEY YOU…NEVER LET YOU GO…THE SEARCH IS OVER…AND…GOODNIGHT BABY. A few months later they were back in the studio and recorded, GUARDIAN ANGEL and MYSTERY TO YOU. Their first single record was, GOODNIGHT BABY/ THE SEARCH IS OVER on Music Makers Records, the single was popular locally, but did not chart. Their second single record, GUARDIAN ANGEL/ HEY YOU also on Music Makers Records in 1961, became the groups most popular record, but still did not chart on any of the national record charts.
Frank Mancuso, joined the military, and the group disbanded in 1963. Bobby Bloom remained in the record business and found success as a solo artist with his 1970 smash hit, MONTEGO BAY a #8 hit record on the Billboard Hot 100. Bobby was killed in an accidental shooting in 1974 at the age of 28. In 1987 Frank Mancuso re-formed The Imaginations with a new line up that included his wife Grace Mancuso, Marty Kern and Brian Stillwell.
The Imaginations never charted a hit record, but their songs remain popular with their fans. There music is doo-wop…pure doo-wop.
Till the next time—Joe