The Regents Biography

A rock ‘n’ roll vocal group from the Bronx, New York, USA. The Regents were part of the explosion of Italian-American vocal groups from the New York area who made their impact during the early 60s, before the British invasion and the rise of self-contained bands made them passé. The group comprised Guy Villari (lead), Sal Cuomo, Charles Fassert, Don Jacobucci and Tony Gravagna, and was formed in 1958. They first recorded a demo of ‘Barbara-Ann’, but when no company showed interest in the song they broke up. Three years later, the small Cousins label released the demo with some bass dubbing and the record became a hit (number 13 pop). The Regents re-formed without their lead, Villari, and enjoyed a moderate hit with ‘Runaround’ (number 28 pop) in 1961, but could not sustain themselves beyond that. Villari and Fassert with Ronnie Lapinsky and Sal Corrente formed the Runarounds in 1964 and found some local success with ‘Carrie’. The memory of the Regents was sustained in 1966 when the Beach Boys made ‘Barbara-Ann’ a hit again, and during the 70s the Regents re-formed and became regulars on the east coast revival doo-wop circuit.

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

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