LOST GOLD / LOST GOLD JUKEBOX–DONNIE AND THE DREAMERS–“COUNT EVERY STAR”

Hi,  May of 1961…Donnie and The Dreamers chart their first of 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit records.  COUNT EVERY STAR…begins its run on the Billboard chart, climbing to #35 during its 10 week stay on the Hot 100.  The Italian-American doo-wop group from the Bronx, New York includes members, Louis “Donnie” Burgio, Andy Catalano, Frank Furstaci and Pete Vecchirarelli.  COUNT EVERY STAR was issued on Whale Records.  The song was a hit in 1950 for the R&B group, The Ravens.  Donnie and The Dreamers updated version became a big radio hit and was in regular radio rotation…getting much air-play.

Two months later they followed-up with another past hit, this time by The Harptones and their recording of  MY MEMORIES OF YOU.  Donnie and The Dreamers version was up-tempo and was a pleasent doo-wop recording.  The single did not receive the same success as  COUNT EVERY STAR  and remained on the Hot 100 for just 3 weeks, charting at #79.  Although there were other singles, the group would not chart another Hot 100 single.

You may still hear  COUNT EVERY STAR once in a while on oldies radio, but the song has for the most part been put on the shelf.  You probably won’t hear  MY MEMORIES OF YOU unless it’s played on an internet doo-wop station….too bad, because these are both very good sides.

THE LOST GOLD JUKEBOX IS PROUD TO HAVE BOTH OF THESE WONDERFUL RECORDINGS, ALONG WITH ANOTHER GOOD RECORD THAT DID NOT CHART…CAROLE.

Count Every Star – 1961

My Memories Of You – 1961

Carole – Great side that did not chart…Decca Records

Till the next time—Joe

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8 thoughts on “LOST GOLD / LOST GOLD JUKEBOX–DONNIE AND THE DREAMERS–“COUNT EVERY STAR”

  1. Great group Joe. “Carole” is interesting because The Royal Teens recorded a similar tune, except that the opening lines are different.
    Which came first?

    • Hi Roger, Donny and The Dreamers was in 1961…The Royal Teens version was unreleased as a single…but it sounds from the Capitol Records period..1959-1960. Don’t have a deffinate date though…Joe

    • Hi Rob, I have checked all of my reference books and the Royal Teens webpage with no luck. The sound of the recording is similar to “Believe Me” on Capitol Records from 1959. I cannot find an album that it appears on…sorry. If I can find out I’ll send you a message….Joe

  2. I think that you’ll find that “Carole” was by Joey and the Twisters who were all members of the Royal Teens at one time. Anyway, it can be found on YouTube under the Royal Teens banner.

    • Hi, I have checked all my books and cannot find the release date…Sounds 50s…great song…Billboard magazine says that it never charted. I will leave this comment on my page, maybe someone will know the answer or have the record….Joe

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