THE DEMENSIONS–“OVER THE RAINBOW”

The Demensions formed when Lenny Del Giudice (“Lenny Dell) and Howie Margolin were members of the Melody Singers, a Choral group at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, New York.  They added Charlie Peterson and Marisa Martelli to become the Demensions.

After graduation from high school in 1960, Lenny’s dad, Lou, a professional musician, became the groups manager.  He introduced the group to Irving Spice, who signed them to a recording contract with Mohawk Records.

On July 4, 1960 The Demensions charted the classic…OVER THE RAINBOW  on Mohawk Records (116).  The single became a huge hit and climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to #16.  The single remained on the chart for 15 weeks.  The Judy Garland classic from “The Wizard Of Oz” became a pop and doo-wop smash and is still a favorite in that genre.  The flip-side of the single…NURSERY RHIME ROCK  did not chart.

Charlie Peterson left the group to attend college, Len’s uncle Phil Del Giudice, who was much older than the other group members, replaced him.  The Demensions would chart one other record, that came on March 2, 1963 with a big band favorite…MY FOOLISH HEART  on Coral Records (62344)  The Demensions recording was a wonderful rendition of this classic, but did not do well on the national chart.  The single charted at #95 and remained on the Hot 100 for 3 weeks.  The flip-side…JUST ONE MORE CHANCE  did not chart.

The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” presents…THE DEMENSIONS, singing their two Billboard Hot 100 hit…”OVER THE RAINBOW”  and  “MY FOOLISH HEART”.

Over The Rainbow – 1960 #16 Hot 100

My Foolish Heart – 1963 #95 Hot 100

Till the next time—Joe

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4 thoughts on “THE DEMENSIONS–“OVER THE RAINBOW”

  1. Nice one Joe. I’m sure you remember that over 37 artists recorded this song since 1939. Thanks for posting. Great information!!!!

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