Plus, a fantastic Doo Wop Show by Vito Picone, Larry Chance, Randy Safuto, and Lenny Dell
The start of the Demensions can be traced back to the 50’s when Lenny Dell and Howie Margolin originally created the group.
In 1960 “Over The Rainbow” was released which skyrocketed to a #1 hit selling 2 1/2 million copies worldwide.
Then in 1963, “My Foolish Heart” hit nationally as well, and the Demensions appeared live on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand repeatedly.
In the 1990s, Lenny Dell reformed The Demensions once again with new members and appeared live onstage at many venues including Westbury Music Fair, Atlantic City’s Trop World, The Garden State Art Center and Madison Square Garden.
Lenny Dell has the uncanny ability to take a timeless standard and be able to recreate the song with the distinctive Demensions flair that is unmatched. He has the rare ability to locate the heart of a song and touch the heart of audiences in a way that is mesmerizing.
Spanning from the late 1950’s into the new millennium, the Earls have continuously been pleasing audiences with their flawless harmonies ceaseless vitality and endearing dedication to their fans. Larry Chance & the Earls represent the music that helped define Rock ‘N’ Roll, the original doo wop era that put the street corner- society onto the national charts.
Born in South Philadelphia, PA, Larry Chance grew up in a neighborhood noted for it’s show business roots, spawning such talents as Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Mario Lanza, Danny & the Juniors, Joey Bishop, David Brenner, and many more. It was here Chance began his love affair with show business.
It was 1955 when his family moved to the Bronx, NY, there Larry discovered that vocal groups were to be found on almost every street corner, so he developed one of his own in 1957, with five friends, and called his group, the High-Hatters. By 1960 the group had evolved into what would then be called “the Earls”. Through the years, the original members moved on to other things.
The Elegants, still based on Staten Island, New York, were formed in
1956 by their lead singer, Vito Picone, who also co-wrote their # l hit
single “Little Star.”
The record sold over 2-1/2 million copies world-wide in 1958 on ABC Paramount’s subsidiary label “APT.” The group was named the #1 R&B and the #1 Pop artists of the year and adorned the cover of Cashbox Magazine receiving their gold record.
The group toured throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico in the late fifties and early sixties along with the early legends of their time until the U.S. Army and The Beatles changed the direction of their lives and careers.
Vito Picone (Original Lead Singer), was born and raised in South Beach, Staten Island spent four years at New Dorp H.S. Graduated from the Germain School of Photography in NYC. He has owned Headline Talent Inc., a booking agency on Broadway in New York City for over 25 years. He has two sons and one daughter. He is still a resident of Staten Island currently residing in Prince’s Bay.
The Sounds of Randy and the Rainbows featuring Randy Safuto started back in 1959 when they first sang under the name of the “Dialtones” (with a female lead) and had a local hit called “Till I Heard From You.” In 1962 Dom Randy Safuto formed Randy and the Rainbows with his brother Frank Safuto and three other members. Six months later they had a hit record called “Denise” which sold 3 million copies.
In 1964 they had a follow-up record called, “Why Do Kids Grow Up” which sold 800,000 copies. Then from 1965 threw 1967 recorded “Little Star”, “Happy Teenager” and “Quarter To Three”. In 1982 Randy and the Rainbows featuring Randy Safuto recorded their first album for Ambient Sound called, “C’mon Let’s Go” which kept them very busy and also led to their second album “Remember Randy and the Rainbows”.
In 1984 Randy and the Rainbows showed their versatility when they recorded a medley of the “Four Seasons” songs. Because of their dedication to the music business, Randy and the Rainbows – over thirty years later – are still “extremely active” and musically sharper and more polished” then ever. Their act has been described as “clean – fast moving – utilizing very effective medleys and harmonies.”
In 1998 the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.