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04/23/2015

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Joe Milone

One of the truly great groups of all time. They should have gotten so much more attention and air play along with TV. As far as I'm concerned they were unheralded. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 50's and 60's did a lot of singing on the corner. Now, I'm 68 years old and sing with a doo wop group in San Antonio, Texas where I have lived for 35 years. I consider this group in my top 5 all time greatest groups, better than the Skyliners. When I play those great songs they sang I get a virtual high, especially when Len hits those notes at the end of a song. Fabulous, fabulous group.

Anna Costa

First of all, Ms. Martelli's father was a cruel man who stole the band's money. Secondly, the wholesome Ms. Martelli gets herself pregnant to trap the man who had very high hopes for himself into marrying her. Not to bright.

john markey

Whatever happened to Marissa

Maria T.

Certainly a very underrated vocal group that suffered the fallout of the British Invasion, as did the Aquatones and so many others that deserve an honorable mention. Ms. Martelllis’ voice was pure gold and hers blended so well with the rest of the group. I feel sorry for my own grandchildren because they like my own kids will never get to experience what real music sounds like. In todays music scene the only thing a “musician” has to do is press a button and have a whole orchestra playing without the benefit of an actual musician/s playing piano or drums. Sadly, it seems like real musicians are unnecessary.

Bill "Bede" Parilla

Lenny - don't know if you'll remember me. My name is Bill Parilla and I was with The Nomads out of New Rochelle back around 1960. If you remember the group, there was Jerry Funicello on drums, Danny DeCosa on sax and at that time Karl Hammel was our lead singer. I was drafted into the army in 1961 and that was the end of my music career until I moved down to North Carolina, where we live now. About 10 years ago, I started a band called The Use-to-Be's, as all of us were former R & R musicians at one time or another. The band broke up late last year because we're just getting too old to be humping equipment around and where we live, there are no young kids to do that. Came across your name on the internet and saw that you're still out there singing - good for you. Just thought I's drop you a line to see if you get it. If you're ever down this way - we're about 45 minutes north of Myrtle Beach, get back to me. Jerry is in SC and is working with a woman singing. Danny lives in FL and doesn't do any music these days but one of his sons has a band that plays a lot at Disney World.Have no idea where Karl Hammel is or does. The last time I heard his name was when my brother said he was driving a cab he took one night. Hope to hear back from you.

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