Angelo D'Aleo, Fred Milano, and Carlo Mastrangelo were all friends from the area around Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. They attended Roosevelt High School and hung out together. They began singing together and named themselves The Belmonts after the street on which Freddy Milano lived. As a trio, they recorded for the Mohawk label in 1957, making their debut with the song "Teenage Clementine," Dion, who lived in the neighborhood, joined the group for the recording “We Went Away”. It was cut for Mohawk Records under the direction of conductor/arranger Hugo Montenegro.
The group moved to Laurie Records, newly founded by BobSchwartz (who had been a part-owner of Mohawk), and his brother Gene, and cut their label debut "I Wonder Why" which made it to the top of the charts. It was followed by a pair of hits, "No One Knows" and "Don't Pity Me," which also made it to the top of the charts. "A Teenager in Love" made number five, and further hits with "Where or When" and "When You Wish Upon a Star" elevated The Belmonts with Dion as a major worldwide act. Their vocal talent as a singing group was displayed prominently on all the recordings, with their collective musical tastes ranging from rock ’n roll to jazz, to country, to pop and blues. Of note is one particular performance at the Surf Ball Room in Clearlake, Iowa the night on which Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper lost their lives in a plane crash.
Don K. Reed’s Doo Wopp Shop every Sunday night at 7pm EST with an encore presentation on the following Monday at 2pm EST. IT'S THE ORIGINAL DOO WOPP SHOW and still the Greatest!!!
Every Saturday night at 7pm EST it’s HARMONY STREET with MIKE MILLER, and after that New England’s own LITTLE WALTER‘S TIME MACHINE Returns!!! Then MIKE BOLLEA’S JUKEBOX PARTY. And don't forget MIKE BOLLEA REMEMBERS ALAN FREED every Monday night at 9pm EST.
Johnny Z’s Doo Wopp Revival Show Friday nights 7 PM EST followed by Acappella Friday Nights. Great Doo Wopp Acappella done the way you like it!!! 8 PM EST.
Mickey Bo’s Rock n’ Roll Revue all 50’s and 60’s Rock and Rhythm with that Washington D.C. spin every Friday night at 10pm EST.
"Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay" the radio show starring Joe Terry and Frank Maffei, Danny and The Juniors. Thursday nights 7pm EST.
The Wax Museum with Todd Baptista Wednesday nights 7pm EST.
Pete D’s Soulful Sounds and Street corner Symphonies and Pete D’s Attic every Tuesday night at 7pm EST with an encore presentation on the following Wednesday at 2pm EST.
King Arthur plays Philadelphia's Crown Jewel oldies every Monday night at 7pm EST and every Wednesday night at 8pm EST he plays all your Motown favorites!!!
COOL BOBBY B. Tuesday at 2pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10AM. Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 1AM EST 3 hours of COOOOL oldies!!!
Free mp3!! The Belmonts, "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle". When you subscribe to thebelmonts.net
This album was released on Warner Brothers Records in 1972. Richard Nader does the introduction. Madison Square Garden was electrified that night and we had a great time. Give it a listen. Currently out of stock, but keep checking.