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.
Till the next time—Joe