Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One Hit Wonders: The Elegants

When I think of Italian music, the first thing that comes to my mind are songs that have become synonymous with Italy itself. Famous songs like Volare or O Sole Mio that have traveled the world through commercials and movies. I would never expect a Doo Wop hit from a group made up of Italian descendants. But what a pleasant surprise The Elegants gave us.

The group was formed in 1956, when lead vocalist Vito Picone and Carman Romano (both ex-Crescents), teamed up with Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogono, and James Moschello. When Picone wrote Little Star in 1958, the boys from Staten Island, New York, became a sudden success. Their record sold over 2 million copies, and they rode that hit, touring in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

They continued to record ballads for different labels, but no other song repeated the success of Little Star. The Elegants had some different formations up to the 70's, and today Picone tours with his own ensemble of the group.

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