The Three Chuckles
Formed in Brooklyn, New York, USA, vocal/instrumental doo-wop group the Three Chuckles took their name from the fact that they began life as a comedy troupe. Tommy Romano (tenor and guitar) and Russ Gilberto (lead vocals and bass guitar) met while playing baseball, and soon added accordion player Phil Benti. After lengthy touring, Benti departed, and they took on 15-year-old Teddy Randazzo (Alessandro Carmelo Randazzo, 13 May 1935, New York City, New York, USA, d. 21 November 2003, Orlando, Florida, USA) as replacement.
After further local concerts the group were spotted at a bowling alley in Detroit in 1953 by Ray Gayhan. Through him they secured a recording contract with Great Lakes Records subsidiary, Boulevard Records. Two songs were recorded, At Last You Understand and Runaround, the latter written for them by Cirino Colacrais. It was this side that caused all the interest, and significant local airplay led...