1962 Larry Finnegan – Dear One
John Lawrence Finneran was born in New York City in 1938. He and his brother Vinnie grew up working on music together, and he began recording demos.
One of the demos was a song he wrote with his brother, Dear One. Hy Weiss at Old Town Records liked the demo enough to sign him to a recording contract as Larry Finnegan. A single came out in 1962 and peaked at #11 on the Hot 100.
The record reached #1 in Australia and eventually sold over a million copies.
Larry walked the line between Pop and Country for years, but never charted on the Hot 100 again.
He even wrote and recorded a song about a Beatle in 1964, but A Tribute To Ringo Starr – The Other Ringo stalled at #130 (bubbling under the Hot 100).
Larry moved to Sweden in 1966 and even recorded some songs in Swedish on a record label he started himself. In 1967 he moved to Switzerland, and he finally returned to the United States in 1970.
Sadly, Larry died from a brain tumor in 1973. He was only 34 years old.
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