Randy and the Rainbows

Randy & the Rainbows  are an American doo wop group from Maspeth, New York.  The group was formed in 1962 in a neighborhood of Queens, and featured two pairs of siblings, along with a fifth member.  They recorded with the producers of The Tokens, releasing the single “Denise” in 1963.  The song spent 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 10.  (More from Wikipedia)

Ritchie Valens follow-up single, “Donna” was completely different and became a bonafide hit, peaking at #2 on the charts at the end of 1958.  “Donna” inspired a host of other songs addressed to female loves, most directly Dion’s “Donna the Prima Donna” (Dion and the Belmonts were also along on the Winter Dance Party), but also Neil Sedaka’s “Oh, Carol!” and “Denise” by Randy and the Rainbows (later covered by Blondie as “Denis”). 

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The flip side of the hit single At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors was the David White song Sometimes (When I’m All Alone); according to Wikipedia (as taken from the article on David White): “‘Sometimes (When I’m All Alone)’ became a favorite of a lot of street corner groups just starting out who later became successful, including the Capris, the Chimes, the Cleftones, the Young Rascals, the Del Satins, the Dovells, the Elegants, the Impalas, the Earls, Randy and the Rainbowsthe Tokens. the Vogues, and Vito and the Salutations among others.”
(August 2015)
Last edited: March 22, 2021