Byian Hyland

Sealed with a Kiss
#3 in 1962


Brian Hyland was born November 12, 1943, in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. Hyland studied guitar and clarinet while singing in his church choir. At the age of 14 he co-founded a harmony group, The Delfis, which recorded a demo they sent to various New York record labels. Hyland ultimately signed as a solo artist to Kapp Records, and in late 1959 issued his debut single, "Rosemary." For the follow-up, "Four Little Heels (The Clickety Clack Song)," the label paired him with the Brill Building songwriting duo of Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance, and when the single proved a minor hit, Pockriss and Vance set to work on the follow-up. Thus in August 1960, Hyland scored his first and biggest hit single at the age of 16, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", written by Vance and Pockriss. It was a novelty song that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold over two million copies.[
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