Sunday, October 11, 2009

THE ANTONES (Black Crest Records)

Ohio group formed by Paul Visyak,Chatta Johnson,Joey Pizzoferrato and Pete Graceffa.

They recorded...

As The Antones
-You Are The One/Jenette. Black Crest Records.October-1956.

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As Joey Pfarr & The Antones.
-Time For Love/All Of My Life. Black Crest Records.April-1957.

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To Listen or Download_You Are The One. please visit;http://www.box.net/shared/8930lrgdfo


Read a brief bio about they from Mitch Rosalsky book...

http://whitedoowopcollector.blogspot.com/2010/10/encyclopedia-of-rhythm-and-blues-and.html

Chatta" Johnson was a beautician and the shop he owned was called "Antoines". They practiced there and named their group for it - the Antones. In 1956 they met manager Athena Dallas, who knew Sid Nathan of King Records and Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic. The Antones recorded masters for Nathan and Ertegun but nothing ever came out of them. In October 1956 they traveled to Wheeling, West Virginia, to record for Black Crest Records. They recorded their first two sides for them, "Jeanette" and "You Are The One". In November, they returned to Black Crest for two more sides. Pizzoferrato changed his name that time to "Ferra" and later on to "Farr". The first release for Black Crest did well locally. But there was trouble between the group and label management, and the Antones asked for their release and for their unreleased masters. Finally, in January 1957, they were granted the release as they had requested. In early 1957, "Chatta" Johnson was eased out of the group due to a personality conflict with other group members. He wasd replaced by Sam Ciafardone. This occurred just prior to their second Black Crest recording. In 1957, because of internal disputes, the Antones broke up.

1 comment:

stubbys59 said...

Chatta Johnson was the songwriter for 2 songs my father Richard Melari sang on the Kimm 45rpm label back around 1959, called Zippy Zippy Du and In Napoli. My Dad was a famous and talented singer/impressionist from Cleveland, Ohio who traveled with Horace Heidt all over the world between 1948-1951. He often spoke well of Chatta and what a good songwriter he was. In Napoli is a beautiful song sung partly in Italian while Zippy Zippy Du was a fun song about a monkey in a zoo. Nice to see Chatta getting his recognition!