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).

They Recorded.....

- 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.


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