1960 Steve Lawrence – Pretty Blue Eyes
Teddy Randazzo grew up in Brooklyn and joined The Three Chuckles, playing the accordion. The group had a top twenty hit with the song Runaround in 1954 and Teddy soon became their lead singer. The group’s last single, And The Angels Sing, reached the lower reaches of the Hot 100 in 1956.
Teddy started a solo career and three of his singles reached the Hot 100, although none of them even got close to the top forty. Alan Freed featured Teddy in his 1956 film Rock, Rock, Rock. Teddy worked with Alan and helped with the production of several more rock and roll films in the late fifties and early sixties.
Teddy also began writing songs. His first success was co-writing Hurtin’ Inside, a Brook Benton song that reached #78 on the Hot 100 in 1958.
Bobby Weinstein teamed up with Teddy, and the pair wrote songs together for over a decade. Steve Lawrence recorded their song Pretty Blue Eyes, and his single went to #9 on the Hot 100 in 1959.
In 1967, the Guess Who recorded a very different version of Pretty Blue Eyes that charted briefly in Canada. The single included a bizarre impression of Walter Brennan. It would be 1969 before These Eyes gave the group an international hit.
Teddy and Bobby wrote a long series of hit songs for Little Anthony and the Imperials.
Steve went on to have the biggest hit of his career a few years later when his cover of Bobby Vee’s version of Go Away Little Girl reached the top of the charts.
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