Hello,  The Reflections are a rock and roll vocal group from Detroit, Michigan.  Original members included Tony Micale-lead vocals, Phil Castrodale, Dan Bennie, Ray Steinberg and John Dean.  They were recording artists for the same Detroit R&B label, as their label mates, The Flaming Ember and The Shades Of Blue…Golden World Records.

The Reflections first hit record made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on April 11, 1964.  The record is of course, (Just Like) ROMEO & JULIET.  The song was written by Bob Hamilton and Freddie Gorman.  The single charted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 12 weeks.  It also crossed over to the R&B chart where it became a #3 hit and remained on the chart for 14 weeks.  The single was also a #9 hit record on the Cashbox magazine pop chart.  Sales of (Just Like) ROMEO & JULIET were reported to be over 1 million copies.

On July 11, 1964 The Reflections follow-up with  LIKE COLUMBUS DID  but the record never achieved the success of its predecessor, charting at #96 on the Hot 100.  Other singles in 1964 and 1965 failed to chart until March of 1965 when the group charted its third and final Hot 100 record,  POOR MAN’S SON.  The single climbed to #55 and remained on the chart for 5 weeks.  In 1966 they recorded a couple of singles on ABC-Paramount Records…LIKE ADAM & EVE / VITO’S HOUSE  and  YOU’RE GONNA FIND OUT (You Need Me) / THE LONG CIGARETTE  but they failed to chart.

The Reflections recording of (Just Like) ROMEO & JULIET remains a very popular oldie almost 50 years after it was climbing the national charts.  I must admit it is one of my favorite oldies from the early 60s.  The groups “solid gold” recording has been selected by Gribin/Schiff as one of the best 1,000 Doo-Wop recordings of all time in their book “The Complete Book Of Doo-Wop”.  Only one big national hit, but yet this outstanding recording from 1964 has earned its spot in the ‘GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.


(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet – 1964 #6 Pop Hit, #3 R&B Hit

Like Columbus Did – 1964

Poor Man’s Son – 1965

Till the next time—Joe