Despite the fact that their only hit, "Tonite Tonite",
never climbed higher than number 77 in the US charts, the single is
still considered one of the most popular group harmony recordings of the
era, more than three decades after its initial release. The group
consisted of brothers Jerry and Bob Scholl, Eddie Quinn, Neil Arena and
Larry Esposito. The quintet was formed in 1956 at a high school in Mount
Vernon, New York, under the guidance of manager Dick Levister.
Originally named the Mellotones, the group was signed to the Herald
label. "Tonite Tonite" was written by Billy Myles, a staff
composer for the label. The group was forced to change its name after
the single's release, as another group had already claimed Mellotones.
The record lasted only 10 weeks in the US pop, and the group was never
able to repeat this success.
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