Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE EXOTICS (Springboard records)

Left to right; John Romano, Johnny Squillaciotti, Angelo Fantazzia, Mike DiMayo and Fred Landrum.

White group from the 8th and Catharine streets in South Philadelphia formed by five schoolmates from the southern high school; Johnny Romano (Baritone), Angelo Fantazzia (Lead), Michael DiMayo (2ยบ Tenor), Johnny Squillaciotti (1st Tenor) and Fred Landrum (Bass).

They practice with classic doo wop songs as_Just Two Kinds Of People / Gee / Gloria / I Believe / Til Then. and like local groups as the Four J's, Four Evers or Anthony & The Sophomores.

Top L-R; Mike DiMayo, John Romano, Bottom L-R; Angelo Fantazzia, Fred Landrun, Center; Johnny Squillaciotti.

In late 1962 signed James Hoskins as their manager who send the group to George Yahraes who need groups for his new label Springboard records. the group auditioned for Mr. Yahraes who contracted the guys, these moved to the united recording studio where recorded an updated reworking of the Crow's_Gee. with the ballad_Lorraine. Springboard released the sides in spring of 1963 with a color picture sleeve.

To Listen or Download_Gee, please visit;

2 sides on YouTube...

The disc play very well in hands of DJ's as Jerry Blavat, Joe Niagara or Jerry Stevens, the goup have live acts with groups as Vito & The Salutations, The Vespers, The Dreamlovers or Rick & The Masters But the album cover because of their color was too expensive for the teenagers and did not have great sales and lost in oblivion soon.

The Exotics never recorded again and Springboard never recorded another vocal group.

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