JOHN F. PORCARO'S
ITALIAN - AMERICAN
GOLDEN OLDIES & DOO-WOP PAGE
(actually pre-Beatles Rock & Roll era)
As a kid growing up in an Italian-American section of Newark, NJ I was fascinated with how many of the Fifties & early Sixties pop acts were of
Italian descent or had members that were. Even Larry Vernieri from Joey Dee & the Starliters lived on my block. I created this page just as a resource of
what pre-Beatle groups had members that were of Italian descent (included are The Reflections because I thought they rightly belonged to that pre-Beatle era).
It was not meant to be an exhaustive analysis, just a resource with links.
Note! If I am missing any groups/act, please Email me. I want to be as exact as possible, so if you see I was wrong
Note ! Larry Chance is half-Italian, previously reported as non-Italian(thank you William Burke!),
please let me know. PORCAROCPU@Aol.com
ITALIAN - AMERICANS as lead singers(or the lead singer)
Peggy March - Margaret Annemarie Battavio
Bobby Rydell - Robert Louis Ridarelli
Frankie Avalon - Francis Thomas Avallone
Fabian - Fabiano Anthony Forte
The Crests - Lead singer Johnny Mastrangelo, Harold Torres, Talmadge Gough, J.T. Carter
Dion & The Belmonts - Dion DiMucci, Fred Milano, Angelo D'Aleo, & Carlo Mastrangelo.
The Chimes - Lenny Cocco, Pat DePrisco, Joseph Croce, Richard Mercado, Pat McGuire
The Duprees - Joey Canzano, Michael Arnone, Joe Santollo, John Salvato, & Tom Bialoglow
The Elegants - Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogano, Carmen Romano & James Mochella
The Mystics - Phil Cracolici, Albee Cracolici, George Galfo, Bob Ferrante, and Al Contrera .
Randy & the Rainbows - Sal Zero, Mike Zero, Frank Safuto, Ken Arcipowski, & Dominick "Randy" Safuto .
The Earls - Larry Chance, Bob Del Din, Larry Palombo, Eddie Harder, John Wray.
The Regents - Ernie Maresca, Chuck Fassert, Guy Villari, & Sal Cuomo
Vito & the Salutations - Lead singer Vito Balsamo, Ray Russel, Shelly Buchansky, & Frankie Fox
The Angels- Peggy Santiglia, Barbara Allbut, Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut, Linda Malzone and Linda Jansen
Bobby Darin - Walden Robert "Bobby" Cassotto
Connie Francis - Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero
The Classics - Emil Stucchio, Johnny Gambale, Tony Victor, & Jamie Troy
Reparata and the Delrons - Mary Aiese, Nanette Licari, Regina Gallagher, and Anne Fitzgerald
Joey Dee and The Starliters - Joseph DiNicola, Larry Vernieri, David Brigati, Carlton Lattimore, & Willie Davis
The Demensions - Lenny Del Giudice, Phil Del Giudice, Marisa Martelli, & Howie Margolin.
James Darren - James William Ercolani
Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon - Frederick Anthony Picariello
The Four Seasons - Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, & Nick Massi
Nino Tempo and April Stevens
Lou Christie - Luigi Sacco
The Capris - Nick Santa Maria -aka-Santo), Mike Mincelli, Steve Reina, Vinnie Narcardo, and John Apostol
The Bell Notes - Carl Bonura, John Casey, Ray Ceroni, Lenny Giambalvo, & Peter Kane
The Knockouts - Bob D'Andrea, Eddie Parente, Bob Collada, and Harry Venuta.
Santo & Johnny -Santo and Johnny Farina
Connie Stevens - Concetta Rosalie Anna Ingoglia
The Reflections - Tony Micale, Phil Castrodale, Dan Bennie, Ray Steinberg, John Dean
Dodie Stevens - Geraldine Ann Pasquale
Nino and the Ebb Tides - Nino Aiello, Vinnie Drago, Tony DiBari, Tony Imbimbo
The Fascinators - Tony Passalaqua (lead), Angelo La Grecca (baritone), Nick Trivatto (tenor), Ed Wheeler (tenor) and George Cernacek (bass).
The Videls - Norman Marzano, Peter "Anders" Andreoli, Vincent Poncia, Bobby Calitri, Herbert Rickey
Dominic Joseph Fontana - Drummer for Elvis Presley for 14 years
LIST OF VARIOUS SONGS SUNG BY ITALIAN-AMERICAN LEAD SINGERS, & HOW HIGH THE SONG GOT ON THE NYC CHARTS (CLICK HERE)
ITALIAN - AMERICANS in the group(not as lead singers)
The Tornados - Clem Cattini, Heinz Burt, Alan Caddy, George Bellamy, Pete Newman, Pete Cotton.
If you have anything to contribute to this web page(or see a mistake), please contact John Porcaro at: PORCAROCPU@Aol.com