This Philadelphia-based, Italian-American vocal quartet comprised lead vocalist Danny Rapp (10 May 1941, d. 4 April 1983), first tenor Dave White, second tenor Frank Mattei and baritone Joe Terranova. Formed in 1955 as the Juvenairs, their song Do The Bop came to the attention of Dick Clark, who suggested the title change At The Hop. They took his advice and released the song in 1957, initially with few sales. However, after they sang it on Clarks television show Bandstand, it was picked up by ABC-Paramount Records and shot to the top of the US chart for five weeks. Despite comments from the British music press that the group was amateur and imitative, it made the UK Top 3 and sold over two million copies worldwide. They followed it with their only other US Top 20 hit, the similar-sounding and prophetically titled Rock n Roll Is Here To Stay. In 1960 they signed to Dick Clarks Swan Records where they gained their fourth and last US Top 40 hit, Twistin U.S.A. (they re-recorded it unsuccessfully for the UK as Twistin England).
They recorded songs about such dance crazes as the Mashed Potato, Pony, Cha Cha, Fish, Continental Walk and Limbo, but could not repeat their earlier success, even when they released Back To The Hop in 1961. Later in the 60s they also appeared on Guyden, Mercury Records and Capitol Records, where they re-recorded Rock n Roll Is Here To Stay in 1968. Dave White left the group in the early 60s to concentrate on writing and production and composed a number of hits, including You Dont Own Me for Lesley Gore and 1-2-3 and Like A Baby for Len Barry, before recording a solo album on Bell in 1971. In the 70s they played the oldies circuit with a line-up that included Fabians ex-backing singer Jimmy Testa. In 1976 a reissue of their classic At The Hop returned them to the UK Top 40. After a few quiet years, leader Rapp was found dead in Arizona in 1983, having apparently committed suicide.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.