Ron Dante

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s

Biography

Carmine Granito, 22 August 1945, Staten Island, New York, USA. Dante was one of the most prolific and commercially successful studio singers of the late 60s, having provided the voices of the Archies and the Cuff Links and sung on many television and radio jingles. Dante’s first break occurred as a Brill Building songwriter and then demo singer for entrepreneur Don Kirshner, as a replacement for Tony Orlando. Dante’s first hit was ‘Leader Of The Laundromat’, a parody of the Shangri-Las’ ‘Leader Of The Pack’, with the Detergents in 1964. (Dante did not sing lead on this recording, despite what has long been reported. Group member Danny Jordan was the vocalist.) In 1968, Dante was hired as the vocalist for the studio-created Archies, a spin-off of a successful Saturday morning television cartoon and earlier comic book. After a couple of moderate successes, the Archies’ ‘Sugar, Sugar’ reached number 1 on both sides of...

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