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Little Star: Best Of Elegants

ElegantsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0000008SC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Star
2. Getting Dizzy
3. Please Believe Me
4. Goodnight
5. True Love Affair
6. Pay Day
7. Little Boy Blue
8. Get Well Soon
9. Still Waiting
10. Rain, Rain
11. True Love Affair (Alternate Take)
12. Little Boy Blue (Alternate Take)

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Their 1958 #1 smash Little Star joins Getting Dizzy; Goodnight , and more of the Elegants' best!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pop serendipity March 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
My aunt had a copy of "Little Star" which I played regularly as a child-some years after this great record climbed the charts. Other than the single's flip "Getting Dizzy", I was unfamiliar with the group's other recordings until I stumbled upon this collection.Although the Elegants recorded for several other labels(including United Artists,for which they recorded "Happiness"a great record and worth looking for)their Hull Records output is to my mind their best work. Sad to say the Elegants did not scale the charts again after "Litte Star",apparently for all the standard reasons.That's too bad, because there are several songs on the compilation, notably "Little Boy Blue" that I think should have been hits, but of course were not. It would be unfair to consign the group to "one hit wonder status" because, as this compilation shows, The Best of The Elegants offers even the casual listener a cd full of delights.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars " The Elegants " November 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Elegants have that classic "white Doo Wop sound " that seemed to be pretty dominate towards the late fifties & early sixties .The groups' 1958 classic , " Little Star "hit it big , which it did deserve , however , " Please Believe Me " with it's heart felt lead and it's chanting back ground harmonies showed more talent . The Group did well on another APT records recording of the up-beat , "Getting Dizzy " . The bass line
opening ,in my opinion ,really makes this song happen . My personal favorites from this CD are " Get Well Soon " & " Still Waiting " , I'm a sap for a good ballad and the group knew how to croon one out . Over all , it's a good CD . I'd buy it again
,but,only if it included more cuts ; 14 sides aren't enough for
me . I guess it could be worse , what if these tunes weren't available at all , then we would all be missing out -right ?
A great group , from a great time -enjoy .

Roland J.D.Boulware
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Worth The Price December 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is worth every penny I paid for it. "One Hit Wonders" or not, there are some great songs on this CD. If you are a fan of music from the 1950's, this CD is for you. If you like "Group Harmony", this CD is for you. The sound quality is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 22 Years Later And This Remains The ONLY Elegants CD March 15, 2013
Format:Audio CD
In the realm of the One-Hit Wonder not many can boast that their lone hit became a # 1 on both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. But The Elegants (lead Vito Picone (b. March 17, 1940), baritone Carman Romano (b. August 17, 1939), bass James Moschella (b. May 10, 1938), first tenor Arthur Venosa (b. September 3, 1939) and second tenor Frank Tardogno (b. September 18, 1941) can do just that. And they did it with a gentle adaptation by Picone and Venosa of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star which they released simply as Little Star on Apt 25005 b/w the more rocking Getting Dizzy, seeing it peak in August/September 1958. It spent 4 weeks at # 1 R&B. Not bad for an Italian-American Doo-Wop quintet from Staten Island, New York.

Prior to becoming The Elegants in 1957, Picone and Romano, at around age 15, had been part of Pat Cordel & The Crescents, a quartet with a female lead (Patti Cordel) who did manage to put two songs to disc - Darling, Come Back b/w My Tears - in 1956, with three tiny labels trying their hand at local success (Club 1011 - Michele 503 - Victory 1001).

Early in 1958 they captured the interest of Blanche (Bea) Kaslin who had launched her own Hull label, and instantly seeing "hit" written all over Little Star she had them record it in April. But because she knew her own financial limitations with respect to promotion she set up a lease arrangement with ABC-Paramount who, in turn, put it out on their Apt subsidiary. And the rest, as they, is history. But, unfortunately, so too were The Elegants as nothing else they ever recorded could get them back on either chart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Little Star' a virtual world-wide hit March 11, 2013
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I remember traveling as a teenager throughout Puerto Rico during the late 1950's, and hearing 'Little Star' blasting from the cafes and record stores in San Juan and Ponce; it was virtually a world-wide hit.
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