|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||oldies doo wop 60s new wave punk pop 50s british american|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s|
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...