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Formed originally as the Premiers in 1960 in New York, USA, the Excellents consisted of John Kuse (lead), Joel Feldman (baritone), Denis Kestenbaum (falsetto), George Kuse (first tenor), Phil Sanchez (second tenor) and Chuck Epstein (bass). They signed to Mermaid Records, where their revision of Al Jolsons When The Red, Red Robin, Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin Along was coupled with another cover, the Jesters Love No One But You, as their debut single. Encouraged by local airplay, they followed this with a second disc, their version of the Cleftones You Baby You on the a-side and Coney Island Baby on the b-side. It was Coney Island Baby (not the barbershop quartet standard) which attracted the attention, reaching number 51. With prominent local concerts and a rising reputation, the Excellents looked set for a promising career until record business skulduggery intervened. Booked for an...