Danny & the Juniors on American Bandstand in 1958

Rock & Roll is Here to Stay
#19 in 1958


Danny & The Juniors were a Philadelphia based quartet comprising of Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. Initially formed in 1955 as The Juvenairs, their song, "Do the Bop," came to the attention of Dick Clark, who suggested that they rename it "At the Hop". The song was not initially a success, but after being played on Clark's Bandstand, it was picked up by ABC-Paramount Records, and stayed at the top of the U.S. charts for seven weeks. It went on to sell over two million copies worldwide. The song was followed by the similar sounding "Rock 'n' Roll Is Here To Stay," which also made it into the Top 20. Dave White left the group in the early 1960s to concentrate on writing and production. White was very successful in this venture, composing a number of hits, including "You Don't Own Me" for Leslie Gore, and "1-2-3" and "Like A Baby" for Len Barry. In 1976 they re-issued "AT the Hop" and it made it's way into the top 40 on the UK charts. After a few quiet years, Danny Rapp was found dead in a hotel in Arizona on April 5, 1983, of an apparent suicide.
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