1965 The Trade Winds – New York’s A Lonely Town
Peter Anders and Vini Poncia, two musicians from Rhode Island, decided to form their own doo-wop group in the late fifties. The pair added Norman Marzano (and possibly two other friends) and created the Videls. Peter and Vini wrote the song Mister Lonely, which reached #73 on the Hot 100 in 1960.
The band released a few more singles, but disbanded when none of their other records charted.
The pair then went to work writing songs for Phil Spector. Their most successful hit with Phil was the single (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up by the Ronettes, which reached #39 on the Hot 100 in 1963.
Back in the studio themselves, they wrote and recorded New York’s A Lonely Town. They released the single on Red Bird Records using a new name, The Trade Winds. The record peaked at #32 in 1965.
Red Bird Records went out of business in 1966, and the group moved to Kama Sutra Records. Their follow-up single, Mind Excursion, was a psychedelic record that only reached #51 on the Hot 100.
The group then changed their name and reached the charts again; we’ll look at that tomorrow!
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