Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Above rare picture of The original Fireflie's(Listed as The Fireflys) on Roulette Records;Ritchie,Carl,Paul and Lee.Very rare picture!.

Band from New York formed in the summer of 1958 by Ritchie Adams(Lead and Guitar),Carl Girsoli(Guitar),Paul Giacalone (Drums) and Lee Reynolds(Guitar).

In the fall od 1958 friend Gerry Granaham of Dick & The Don'ts fame(see in this blog) set up a recording session for The Fireflie's with Roulette Records.the instrumental dance_The Crawl.were released (as The Fireflys) without success in the charts.

In the summer of 1959 Granaham was the director,producer and ocassional singer of the band he send the guys to Ribbon Records where they recorded the doo wop side_You Were Mine.written by band member PaulGracalone.this tune peaking at #21 in the national chart of 1959 and opened many doors for the now doo-wop group.countless television,radio and personal appearances but with their first Ribbon release Carl Girsoli left the group and was replaced by John Viscelli(John in the picture right is 2nd from right).


In December 1959 to March 1960 two next singles were released with Ribbon Records and in Juanary 1960 back to national charts with_I Can't Say Goodbye.(#90).


The Fireflies did back-up work for other recording artists such as The Singing Belles on the Madison label(see in this blog).

By mid-1960 the original Fireflie's broke up.Lee recording as Lee & The Sounds(see in this blog) when he decided form a new Fireflies group which consisted of Richie Spero,Frank Piaza,Bobby Saraniero and Himself.They recorded one single in 1960 for Canadian American Records with the beautiful ballad_Marianne.


And four singles and one album were released for Taurus Records in 1962-67.


Their discography....


-The Crawl/Where The Candlelight Glows. Roulette Records-1958. 

-You Were Mine/Stella's Got A Fella. Ribbon Records-1959.
-I Can't Say Goodbye/What Did I Do Wrong. Ribbon Records-1959.
-Marianne/Give All Your Love To Me. Canad. Am. Records-1960.
-My Girl /Because Of My Pride. Ribbon Records-1960.
-You Were Mine (For Awhile)/One O'Clock Twist. Taurus Records-1962.

 Taurus LP-1962. -Love Me Do/Our Day Will Come/Twist And Shout/Hully Gully Baby/Moon River/For Sentimental Reasons/Irresistible You/Walk Don't Run/Please Please Me/Bye Bye Love/Traveling Man.

-Blacksmith Blues/Tuff-A-Nuff. Hamilton Records-1963.
-My Prayer For You /Good Friends. Taurus Records-1964.
-Runaround /Could You Mean More. Taurus Records-1966
-Tonight /A Time For Us. Taurus Records-1967
-Old Man River/Love You. G.M. Records-?.

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