GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK & ROLL JUKEBOX–BROOK BENTON VOL. 1

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RANDY & THE RAINBOWS–“DENISE”

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Denise [Stereo]Kopie_van_Randy_and_the_Rainbows_fHi, Randy & The Rainbows are a doo-wop group from the Queens, New York. Members included, Dominick “Randy” Safuto-lead, his brother Frank Safuto, brothers Mike and Sal Zero and Ken Arcipowski. The group was originally known as Jr. And The Counts. They formed in 1962 and a year later recorded their biggest hit of all, “DENISE”.

On June 15, 1963 Randy & The Rainbows entered the Billboard Hot 100 with their timeless classic, “Denise” on the Rust Records label. The record became a big hit nationally, charting at #18 on the R&B chart and #10 on the Hot 100. “Denise” charted for 17 weeks and was a DJ radio favorite. The groups follow-up single started off on a roll but soon slowed down, “WHY DO KIDS GROW UP” just broke the Hot 100 at #97. It was their last Hot 100 hit.

They continued to perform and toured…

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THE TOKENS–“TONIGHT I FELL IN LOVE” & “THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT”

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Hello,  The Tokens were formed in 1955 in Brooklyn, New York and were first known as the Linc-Tones.  Members included Neil Sedaka, Hank Medress, Eddie Rabkin and Cynthia Zolotin.  Rankin was replaced by Jay Siegel in 1956.  The group also recorded their first single record in 1956,  WHILE I DREAM, on Melba Records, the single did not chart.  Sedaka and Zolotin left the group in 1957 leaving only Jay Siegel and Hank Medress.  They added two new members and recorded the single record,  PICTURE IN MY WALLET,  under the name, Darrell & The Oxfords.  They would change their name to The Tokens in 1960 after they signed Mitch Margo (13 years old at the time), his brother Phil Margo and guitarist Joe Venneri.

In March of 1961 The Tokens charted a single they recorded on the Warwick Records label.  The record,  TONIGHT I FELL IN LOVE  became a Pop and a Doo-Wop hit.  The single…

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GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK & ROLL JUKEBOX–FATS DOMINO TOP 10 HITS 1955-1960

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Ain’t That a Shame – 1955 #10

Blueberry Hill – 1956 #2

I’m in Love Again – 1956 #3

Blue Monday – 1957 #5

I’m Walkin’ – 1957 #4

Valley Of Tears – 1957 #8

It’s You I Love – 1957 #6

Whole Lotta Loving – 1958 #6

I Want to Walk You Home -1959 #8

Be My Guest – 1959 #8

Walking To New Orleans – 1960 #6

THESE SONGS ALL MADE THE BILLBOARD TOP 100 AND HOT 100 (POP) CHARTS…TOP 10.  AIN’T THAT A SHAME…I’M IN LOVE AGAIN…BLUEBERRY HILL…BLUE MONDAY…I’M WALKIN’…I WANT TO WALK YOU HOME…ALL ARE #1 R&B HIT RECORDS.  ALL WERE ON THE IMPERIAL RECORDS LABEL.

Till the next time—Joe

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LLOYD PRICE…THE EARLY YEARS…BEFORE “STAGGER LEE”

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LLOYD PRICE IS KNOWN TO 1950S AND 1960S POP MUSIC FANS FOR HIS CLASSIC HITS…STAGGER LEE IN 1958, PERSONALITY IN 1959, I’M GONNA GET MARRIED IN 1959…ALL #1 R&B HITS AND TOP 10 HITS ON THE POP CHARTS.  HIS HUGE POP HITS WERE ON THE ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORD LABEL.

IN 1952 LLOYD RECORDED A HUGE HIT THAT WOULD BECOME AN R&B AND ROCK CLASSIC…LAWDY MISS CLAWDY…ON THE SPECIALTY RECORDS LABEL (428-45).  THE SINGLE RECORD WOULD CLIMB THE BILLBOARD R&B CHARTS ALL THE WAY TO #1 AND REMAIN ON THE CHART FOR 26 WEEKS ON ITS WAY TO SALES OF OVER 1 MILLION COPIES.  HE WOULD FOLLOW THAT HIT RECORD WITH FOUR MORE TOP 10 HITS ON THE R&B CHART BETWEEN 1952 AND 1953, ALL ON SPECIALTY RECORDS.

IN 1957 LLOYD WOULD BE A RECORDING ARTIST WITH ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORDS AND RECORD AND CHART HIS FIRST HIT FOR THE LABEL…JUST BECAUSE WOULD ALSO BECOME HIS FIRST POP HIT…CHARTING…

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