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Based in Long Island, New York, USA, the Chaperones were formed as a composite of two separate vocal groups who were competing at the Lindenhurst Ballroom in 1958. Tony Amato (lead), Roy Marchesano (first tenor), Tommy Ronka (second tenor), Nick Salvato (baritone) and Dave Kelly (bass) first called their new band the Sharptones then Fairlanes before settling on the Chaperones. A demo of Amatos early composition, Cruise To The Moon, was passed to Josie Records head Jerry Blaine, via his son Steve, who was a classmate of the band. Before they could record, however, the group cut its teeth backing Lee Adrian on his 1959 single, Barbara, Lets Go Steady. Cruise To The Moon followed as their debut own-name recording in July 1960, by which time Rich Messina had replaced Kelly on bass. Although a local radio favourite, its chances of substantial sales were dented by the first pressing misnaming the group the Cahperones (it...