The Elegants Biography

Formed in the mid-50s in Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA, the Elegants were a white doo-wop group. They achieved a US number 1 single, ‘Little Star’, in 1958, only to disappear from the charts permanently thereafter. The group was comprised of lead vocalist Vito Picone (17 March 1940), Carman Romano (b. 17 August 1939), James Moschella (b. 10 May 1938), Frank Tardogno (b. 18 September 1941) and Arthur Venosa (b. 3 September 1939). Picone and Romano had both recorded unsuccessfully with another group, the Crescents, before teaming with new singers as the Elegants. ‘Little Star’, built around the Mozart melody, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, was a favourite of audiences and the group recorded it in mid-1958. The Elegants did not follow up their success for over a year, and further releases failed to chart. Although the members went their separate ways, Picone was still leading a version of the group in the early 90s.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.