Ernie Maresca Biography

21 April 1939, Bronx, New York, USA. Maresca’s one hit was the rousing rock ‘n’ roll tune, ‘Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out), ’ from 1962, which went to number 6 on the US chart. With great support from the vocal group, Del-Satins, Maresca created a piece that epitomized the spirit of early rock ‘n’ roll with its sense of fun and enthusiasm for dance. But he was mainly a behind-the-scenes talent, writing and producing acts for the Laurie label in New York City. The songs he composed included ‘No One Knows’ for Dion And The Belmonts; ‘Runaround Sue’ and ‘The Wanderer’ for Dion, and ‘Runaround’ for the Regents. Most of the acts he worked with were hard-hitting, Italian-American, doo-wop groups who came from the Bronx, notably the Belmonts, Regents, Camelots, Del-Satins, Nino And The Ebbtides, and the Five Discs. In the UK, ‘Shout! Shout’ (Knock Yourself Out)’ was remade in 1982 by Rocky Sharpe And The Replays, who took it to number 19.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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