The Impalas

Genres: R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": doo wop 50s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s
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Biography

With sweet-voiced lead singer Joe ‘Speedo’ Frazier (5 September 1943, New York City, New York, USA), this New York doo-wop group had an overnight success with their first record, ‘(Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home’. From the Carnesie section of Brooklyn, the rest of the Impalas were Richard Wagner, Lenny Renda and Tony Calouchi. They were discovered by disc jockey Alan Freed and Artie Zwirn, who co-wrote the bright, brash novelty tune with Gino Giosasi (of the Gino And Gina vocal duo). With an arrangement by Ray Ellis, ‘(Sorry) I Ran All The Way Home’ was released in 1959 on the MGM Records subsidiary label Cub, reaching number 2 in America and entering the UK Top 30. The follow-up, ‘Oh What A Fool’ was a smaller hit. The Impalas made later records for Hamilton and 20th Century Fox before splitting up. Frazier went on to sing with Love’s Own in 1973.

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