Once in a While
#11 in 1961

A Brooklyn street corner group formed in 1959, they originally called themselves the Capris until they found out that friends of theirs from Rockaway Beach in Long Island were already using that name. So Lenny Cocco and company renamed themselves The Chimes. The original Brooklyn quintet's lead singer Lenny Cocco, was into standards at an early age since his father was a professional accordion player. Lenny's father, Leonard, thought Tommy Dorsey's 1937 number one hit "Once In Awhile" would work well in a vocal quintet arrangement, so the group began practicing in a local pool hall that had a piano. By the fall of 1960 "Once In Awhile", was hitting the Billboards’ national charts. Lenny Coco who in a nearly 60 year career became a doo-wop mainstay throughout the metropolitan New York area died May 8, 2013, he was 78 years old.
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