Monday, July 20, 2009

THE IDEALS_Don't Be A Baby,Baby

Tommy Kontos aka Thomas Jefferson Kaye,Bill DeMarco,Pete Verelli,Kenny Kerwin and Freddie Schlatter.
In the picture from the top left to right , Kenny and Tommy, from the bottom left to right, Pete, Freddie and Bill.

Tommy and Bill formed their first acapella Doo-wop band called the Blaretones with Tommy Traino, from East Paterson, NJ and Chris Oberfel of Fair Lawn, NJ during the Summer of 1955 to Summer 1956.

First show at East Rutherford HS 1956 as the Blaretones, performed at Allen Fried’s Easter Show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater, with Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Big Maybell, The Valentines, and The Cadillacs.

The Blaretones opened for Slim Harper at the Coral Bar in East Paterson, NJ. The Ideals Opened for the Everly Brothers. at the Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, NJ sometime around May 1958. Another group performing that night was the Rocking Chairs, from Long Island, NY

Their two recording sessions for Decca produced in 1958_Annie Was a Stroller/My Girl and in 1959_Ivy League Lover/Don’t Be A Baby Baby,.as well as a number of unreleased songs.



-My Girl/Annie Was A Stroller-1958.
-Ivy League Lover/Don't Be A Baby,Baby-1959.

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