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The Paramounts Then & Now

by The Paramounts

This CD includes the re-recording of our two original songs released in 1959, an original, and our rendition of several cover songs.
Genre: Pop: Doo Wop
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1. Trying
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2. Girlfriend
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3. I Know You'll Be My Love
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4. Christopher Columbus
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5. I Love You My Dear
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6. Tears On My Pillow
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7. This Magic Moment
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8. So Fine
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9. In The Still Of The Night
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10. Stormy Weather
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11. All Those Memories
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12. 1000 Miles Away
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13. So Much In Love
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14. Come Go With Me
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15. Just Two kinds Of People In The World
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16. Could This Be Magic?
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17. Tonight Could Be The Night
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18. The Girl I Love
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19. One Summer Night
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20. Can't We Be Sweethearts?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I’m a Bronx native. I began singing doowop when I was about 13 years old, just about the time “Franky Lymon & The Teenagers” came out with their Big Hit: “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. We started just like all the other groups: Singin’ harmony on the street corners, bathrooms, hallways, and in front of the Candy Store. A good singin’ buddy of mine, Ralph DeMarco, who lived in my neighborhood in the East Bronx got us an opportunity to audition for a Rock-n-Roll Agent by the name of Jim Gribble. Jim had an office on the 2nd floor of what was, at the time: “ The Ed Sullivan Building on Broadway; it’s now the location of: “The David Letterman Show”. Ralph was signed to Carlton Records and found out from Mr. Gribble that he was looking for some Fresh New Doowop Groups . Ralph knew that I had formed a doowop group with a bunch of guys from Zerega Avenue: Freddy LaBianca, Richie Black, Jimmy Giatino, and Joe Milite. We were pretty darn good nameless doowop group! We hopped on the subway and headed downtown. No sooner did we get to his office, Mr. Gribble introduced himself and asked us to sing away! Immediately afterwards, without even mentioning if he liked us or not, told us that we would be called: “The Paramounts” and signed us to Carlton Records. Mr. Gribble managed a few other groups at that time which are still popular today and have had great success with their songs: “The Passions”, “The Mystics”, and “The Fiestas”. He also managed some solo artists: Anita Bryant, Gary Stikes, Della Reese, and others. At that time, many of the old classic songs from the 30s, 40s. and early 50s such as: “Till Then”, “Once In A While, and “You Belong To Me” were being re-arranged and re-recorded by other doowop groups. “ Dion and The Belmonts” “ The Elegants” “The Classics” and other famous groups were in the offices right next to Mr. Gribble’s office. Jim asked us to be the back-up group for a song given to Ralph Demarco to record entitled: “”Old Shep” which was formerly recorded by Elvis. “Old Shep” was released in 1959 on Carlton’s affiliate label: “Guaranteed Records.” It aired for a few weeks. “Old Shep” along with our songs are being sold today on The Internet and are considered: “Collector’s Items”. The song chosen for us was previously recorded by a group called: “The Hilltoppers” entitled: “Trying”. We met with an arranger, Monty Kelly, practiced for a few hours, crossed a few city blocks and went right into: “Regent Sound Studios” and recorded “Trying” with a bouncy upbeat Rock-n-roll tune entitled: “”Girlfriend” for the B side. “Trying was also released in 1959. Unfortunately for us however, a huge payola scandal broke-out just after our record was released all over the media. Consequently many songs, including ours, were pulled from the airwaves. We were devastated! Fate had us miss out on: “Fame & Fortune” by a hair. We never recovered from that scandal. Eventually we all went our separate ways. In later years, after marrying, having kids, and moving to The Poconos, I missed singing and performing desperately and decided to see if I could resurrect: “The Paramounts”. I placed flyrers all around the aria and put an ad in the paper for Doowop Singers. I auditioned those who responded over the phone in person to find out if they knew how to harmonize. After weeks of many unlikely candidates, I found Dick Plotkin, and Ike Bowers who both had similar doowop backrounds and experiences. Dick later introduced me to Willy Mendez (who ironically was a former member of The Long Island Paramounts). Willy joined us, and Dick, Ike, and myself were well on our way to the reformation of: “The Paramounts”. We started practicing on a regular basis. Not long after, thanks to The Duke of Doowop, Bobby Vee. heard of us and had even played our song: “Trying” on his show many times. The Duke asked us to produce a couple of Promo Spots for his “Doowop Sock-Hop” show and gave us the opportunity to perform on some local concerts in the area including: A Rock-n-Roll Oldies Show on The Big Stage at “Montage” with “Chubby Checker“, “The Skyliners,” and “The Platters” We took a break for a few years and changed our name a couple of times to the: “The Nostalgics” and “Revivals”. We eventually got back to our original name: “The Paramounts”. Fortunately we joined in with Joe Tutino, founder of: “ Entertainment Unlimited” who took a liking to us and started hiring us for some special jobs and events. Tony DiPonti, a local and most talented drummer fellow musician, found out about us and wanted to put some musicians together to be our back-up band. We are now making our big: “Paramount” come back show at Fiorelli’s on April 18, 2009. Never, in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I’d be performing those two songs that started it all from way back when: “Trying” and “Girlfriend” 50 years later and with a Group called: “The Paramounts” ta-boot!. For this I am very grateful and consider the opportunity nothing short of a Blessing and no less than: “A Miracle!”

By Milton L. Delgado
Original Lead Singer of::
“The Paramounts”

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