Sunday, March 22, 2009
THE KENTS (Argo & Dome Records)
White group from new York formed by Little Frankie Larussa(Lead High Tenor),Dennis Duffy(First Tenor),Tony Lamonica(Second Tenor & Lead),Joe Rinando(Lead & Bass) and Woody Reynolds(Baritone & Guitar).
- I Found My Girl / Whith All My Heart And Soul.Argo Records-1958
- I Love You So / Happy Beat.Dome Records-1958.
And have the following unreleased sides...
- Little Brother,I Wish,Sandy and Nita Juanita.
Read a brief group bio from Joe's website...
We started in Sept. 1957 "Nita Juanita" & "Sandy" was our first record that we cut with All Brown's Band in Dec. 1957 . Recorded in December 1957 with Al Brown's Band.
"Nita Juanita" was written by Johnny Maestro (Mastrangelo). Originally released as "My Juanita" in 1956 by The Crests on the Joyce Label (Al Brown's Label). This version, arranged by Joe RInando, was a more up-beat version of Johnny's song
All the other were cut on Good Friday 1958 at Belltone Studios in Manhattan with Sammy Lowe's Band. He and I worked on all the arrangements and he did each instruments music
Dennis Duffy & Tony Baxter left the group in late 1958, then Bobby DeRita took both of their places and he could harmonize better then both of them.
As far as who we sang with, when & where, it was the Tri-State Area.
payola killed us as the DJ Tommy Smalls, Known as Dr. Jive in NYC was a silent partner at Dome Records and he was one of the first indicted for taking payoffs from other record labels and groups to play their songs on his radio show.