The Elegants

Little Star
#1 in 1958


The Elegants were started in 1958 by Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogno, Carmen Romano and James Mochella in South Beach, Staten Island, New York. "Little Star" was the only million seller for the group, and was written by Venosa and Picone. It spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. After "Little Star" dominated the radio, the band, still in their teens, toured with artists such as Buddy Holly, Dion and the Belmonts, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. However, none of their subsequent singles reached the charts at all making them a prime example of one-hit wonders. After recording over 30 songs with various labels the original group disbanded when Artie and Frankie were drafted into the U.S. Army, Jimmy got married, Carman tired of the lifestyle and Vito received a permanent eye injury from an accident. The Beatles of course didn't help the situation. In early 1970s, lead singer Picone returned to the group replacing Tardogno as the lead singer. That group comprising Vito Picone, Freddie Redmond, Nino Amato and Bruce Copp have been together ever since. Freddie Redmond died of emphysema in 2006, and was replaced by original member, James Moschella. The Elegants are still performing at concerts and events throughout the United States, under the name "Vito Picone & The Elegants"
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