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The Defranco Family

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The DeFranco Family
Origin Port Colborne, Ontario
Canada
Genres Bubblegum pop
Website www.defranco.com
Past members
Tony DeFranco
Benny DeFranco
Marisa DeFranco
Nino DeFranco
Merlina DeFranco
The DeFranco Family, featuring Tony DeFranco, was a 1970s pop music group and family from Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The group, all siblings, consisted of guitarist Benny DeFranco (born 11 July 1953); keyboardist Marisa DeFranco (born 23 July 1954); guitarist Nino DeFranco (born 19 October 1955); drummer Merlina DeFranco (born 20 July 1957); and lead singer Tony DeFranco (born 31 August 1959).

The group had a number of hits between 1973 and 1977, including “Abra-Ca-Dabra” and their biggest hit, “Heartbeat (It’s a Love Beat).” Either Tony DeFranco or the entire family appeared in almost every issue of a number of the teen magazines of this period, such as Tiger Beat and Flip. By the late 1970s, the group had faded from the pop scene.

The five siblings who comprised the DeFranco Family were born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Port Colborne and Welland, Ontario. Initially performing as the DeFranco Quintet, the group found success after a demo tape of their songs was heard by Sharon Lee, editor of teen magazine Tiger Beat. Impressed by what she heard, Lee arranged for Charles Laufer to fly the group to Los Angeles for an audition. Laufer signed the group to an exclusive deal with his company, Laufer Entertainment, financed a three-song demo, and helped them to secure a contract with 20th Century Records.

The DeFranco Family recorded at United Western Recorders studios in Hollywood with accompaniment by Wrecking Crew veterans Hal Blaine on drums, Larry Carlton on guitar, and Max Bennett on bass. They appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand nine times.

With their lighthearted approach to music, the DeFranco Family became a successful pop music act in the mid-1970s. Their debut 1973 single, “Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat,” featuring the lead vocals of then 13-year-old Tony DeFranco, reached number one on WLS for five straight weeks (and was number two there for the entire year 1973), number three in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the top slot on the Cashbox singles chart, as well as hitting number three in their native Canada on the RPM 100 national Top Singles chart, selling more than two million copies in the process. It was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A in November 1973. The song’s writer, Purdue alumnus Michael T. Kennedy, was a long-time executive at Boeing/McDonnell Douglas. Their second single, “Abra-Ca-Dabra,” which reached the Top 40, was followed by their final hit, “Save the Last Dance for Me,” which reached number 18 on the charts in May 1974.

The DeFranco Family’s active career reached a roadblock when a rock version of their tune “Write Me a Letter” failed to generate much attention and reached no higher than the 104th slot on the charts. Although their earlier hits had been produced by Walt Meskell, the disappointing sales of “Write Me a Letter” prompted their record label, 20th Century Fox, to dismiss Meskell involuntarily and team the group with Mike Curb, who had previously worked with The Osmonds. But the collaboration proved disastrous. When Curb attempted to recast the group as a cover band, they resisted and severed their relationship with their publisher and manager, Charles Laufer and Laufer Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox.

Unable to attract interest from another label, they continued to tour and perform in Las Vegas. Frustrated by their inability to attain their previous heights, they disbanded in 1978. A reunion concert at Rhino Records’ Retro Fest in August 1999 was followed by the DeFranco Family’s final performance at B.B. King’s Nightclub in Los Angeles in April 2000.

Tony obtained a real-estate license and became a realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty in Westlake Village, California.

The siblings took up residences in California within an hour’s drive from each other and remained close. Although the DeFranco Family gave up its involvement in the music industry, Tony and Marisa continued to perform on occasion.
1973 “Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat” # 3 on Billboard Hot 100 / # 1 (1 week) on Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart / # 3 on Canada’s RPM 100 / #6 Australia
1973 “Abra-ca-dabra” # 32 on Billboard Hot 100 / # 23 on Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart / # 15 on Canada’s RPM 100
1974 “Save the Last Dance for Me” # 18 on Billboard Hot 100 / # 8 on Canada’s RPM 100 / # 16 (2weeks) on Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart / # 5 Canada’s RPM Adult Hits
1974 “Write Me a Letter” # 104 Bubbling Under Hot 100 / # 90 (2 weeks) on Canada’s RPM 100
1975 “We Belong Together” # 8 on Portland’s Top 30 (08/12/1975) & # 12 WYSL Buffalo, NY & #10 on KOTN, Pine Bluff, AR. b/w “Time Enough For Love”
1976 “Venus” (released in Japan only) b/w “The Only One”
1976 “Drummer Man” b/w “Thought You Might Like To Know” (single pulled)
Albums Edit
Heartbeat, It’s A Lovebeat (1973) Edit
# 109 Billboard / # 31 Canada’s RPM album chart

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Heartbeat, It’s A Lovebeat” Michael Kennedy, Greg Williams 3:14
2. “I’m With You” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:14
3. “Same Kinda Love” (b-side of Abra-Ca-Dabra) Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:32
4. “I Wanted To Tell You” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:41
5. “Sweet Sweet Loretta” (b-side of Heartbeat, It’s A Lovebeat) Jim Krauel 2:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Abra-Ca-Dabra” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:12
2. “Come A Little Closer” Michael Maben 2:35
3. “Love Is Bigger Than Baseball” Jackie Avery, Carolyn Brown 3:03
4. “Gorilla” Dennis Tracy 3:21
5. “I Love Everything You Do” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:57
Save The Last Dance For Me (1974) Edit
# 163 Billboard

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Save The Last Dance For Me” Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman 3:20
2. “Love The Way You Do” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 2:47
3. “The Only One” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:26
4. “Because We Both Are Young” (b-side of Save The Last Dance For Me) Tom Bahler, Harry Shannon 4:12
5. “Write Me A Letter” (LP version) Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Hold Me” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:15
2. “I Guess You Already Knew” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 3:46
3. “Poor Boy” Jessie Hill, Malcolm J. Rebennack 2:39
4. “Baby Blue” (b-side of Write Me A Letter) Aaron Barker, Knight 3:15
5. “Maybe It’s You” Tim Martin, Walt Meskell 4:03
Television appearances Edit

Dinah! – January 23, 1974
Dinah! – March 17, 1974
Dinah! – April 16, 1974
Dinah! – August 19, 1974
Dinah! – August 28, 1974
Mike Douglas – April 2, 1974
Mike Douglas – June 27, 1974
Mike Douglas – August 12, 1974
Jack Benny’s Second Farewell Special – January 24, 1974 (Taping dates: December 15–16, 1973)
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Season 4, Ep. 21- February 13, 1974
American Bandstand – July 14, 1973
Action ’73 – 5th Special – October 27, 1973
American Bandstand – February 2, 1974
Action ’74 – April 27, 1974
American Bandstand – June 1, 1974
American Bandstand – September 21, 1974

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New Edition

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(left to right) Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Bobby Brown, Ronald DeVoe, Michael Bivins
Background information
Also known as N.E.
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres R&B, teen pop, new jack swing
Years active 1978–90, 1996–97, 2002–present
Labels Streetwise, MCA, Bad Boy, Geffen Records
Associated acts Bell Biv DeVoe, LSG, Heads of State, Bobby Brown, Al B. Sure!, Guy, Troop, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block
Website newedition4life.com
Members
Ricky Bell Michael Bivins Bobby Brown Ronnie DeVoe Johnny Gill Ralph Tresvant
Past members
Travis Pettus Corey Rackley
New Edition is an American boy band formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s and led the way for groups like New Kids on the Block (also formed in the Boston area), The Boys, Boyz II Men, Hi-Five, Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. The group recorded mostly as a quintet.

During the group’s first bout of fame in 1983, its members were Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant. Early hits included “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man”. Brown was voted out of the group in 1985 and embarked on a solo career. The group continued for a time with its remaining four members, but eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill, who would be introduced on their 1988 album Heart Break. The group went on hiatus in 1990, while its various members worked on side projects, such as the group Bell Biv DeVoe. Gill and Tresvant also recorded successful solo albums.

All six members of New Edition reunited in 1996 to record the group’s sixth studio album Home Again. During the ill-fated Home Again Tour, both Bobby Brown and Michael Bivins eventually quit the group, forcing the remainder of the tour to be canceled. Various reunions have occurred since, usually with the 1987-1990 lineup, though occasionally also including Brown. Their last studio album was 2004’s One Love. As of 2010, two New Edition descendants were recording and touring: Bell Biv DeVoe and Heads of State (which features Brown, Tresvant and Gill).

On May 3, 2011 New Edition issued a press release on their official website announcing that all six members were reuniting as New Edition to kick off the 30th anniversary celebration of “Candy Girl” with their fans.

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The Rolling Stones 1990/1992

It’s so hard for me to wait, I take the stairs, because the elevator is too slow to open the doors, waiting for the microwave, longer than five minutes is killing me, so calling for pizza and then watching some mindless speech from Obama (which makes me sick), just to waist time until it comes. I’m even waiting for the iPhone 7, which is coming out in September or October, so waiting for a Rolling Stones album is the worst thing possible, but that’s what I had to do from 1989 until 1991 and when I got my album,  had to wait for another two years for a greatest hits album, which most came from other greatest hits albums. I was so disappointed. It took another two years for another one, will this torcher ever end, I hope so for my next post, will be empty of music and feeling, from me !!!

The Rolling Stones 1988/1990

Ever since Some Girls, I’ve been collecting anything about The Rolling Stones. Unlike The Beatles, which I started to collect in 1973, but wasn’t their when they were together, I was collecting The Rolling Stones from 1978 and I thought I’d be able to buy their albums on the same day it was released, but I kept waiting and waiting for the new album, that never showed. The Beatles announced, their split, but no words from The Rolling Stones.

I started to get interested with The Who at this point, which I was buying anything about The Who (I’ll be texting them soon), The Doors, The Kinks (I’ll also be texting about them soon), The Monkees (soon I’ll be texting them), Aretha Franklin (she be one I’ll be texting soon), Sam Cooke, Otitis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel (I’ll be doing them next),  The Supremes (I’ve already texted about them), Marvin Gaye (I’ve already started on him) and Motown, which this waiting has caused me.

Sometimes, a bad effect turns good, and since I don’t like to wait my money went to someone else. I already have Eric Clapton’s LP (someone else I’ll be texting about) and David Bowie (he’s from the 1960’s, so I’ll be texting him year by year like the others), so for me, this period of The Rolling Stones was a Blessing and not a curse, but I still want a new album from The Rolling Stones, or announcement that they broke up, because the wait was too much for me.

Then came Steel Wheels in 1989 and my wait was over. The album is too long for me to upload, so I hope the next one will be shorten. The only other album that year is The London Years, with all of their albums and 45’s from the 1960’s, which is great to have and I know a true Rolling Stones fans have !!!

The Rolling Stones 1986/1988

No album came out for another 8  years and their, which everyone thought it means theirs no longer to be The Rolling Stones, but we know better !!!

The Rolling Stones 1984/1986

Between 1964-1966, The Rolling Stones made 2-3 albums a year, which was common in those days. Between 1967-1983 one album per year, which even today performers do, but between 1984-1987, The Rolling Stones didn’t release any album.

Why, because after 20 years, of touring, they needed a vacation from each other and do solo projects.

Mick Jagger released his second album and Keith Richards finally released his first. The future of The Rolling Stones was unsure.

This wasn’t the 1960’s, where The Rolling Stones were treated as gods, the 1980’s were used to bands breaking up into solo or other bands. The 1980’s buying CD’s public knows that if one band or singer isn’t on the charts, then another one will take it’s place. So in the 1980’s generation, The Rolling Stones didn’t matter, but to those who been in the 1960’s and 1970’s did.

By 1986, there were rumors of a new Rolling Stones album, which will be released in 1987. Other then that, this post is meaningless, but I like it and that’s why I’m posted it !!!

The Rolling Stones 1982/1984

As I texted you on my last post, 1982 has nothing to do with The Rolling Stones, well 1983 does, with the album Under Cover, however I don’t have the space to upload it now. The title song is great, but the rest, seems as though they really wasn’t trying. If it was any other band, this album would be a One Hit Wonder and be hard to find, maybe that’s why the next Rolling Stones album wasn’t released until 1987.

1984, Americans were ready to vote for President Ronald Reagan, so The Rolling Stones not releasing an album wasn’t what they had on their minds.

once I get another upload, I’ll upload Under Cover, but I won’t be doing that for awhile !!!

The Rolling Stones 1980/1982

The 1980’s was a great decade, for it open up in the the year 1981 with President Ronald Ragan, bring back Americans from Iran, George Harrison released All Those Years Ago with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the song is about The Late John Lennon, and taxes were lowered. It was a great year for The Rolling Stones when they released Tattoo You, which started the third decade of great songs from The Rolling Stones !!!

However, nothing that happened in 1981, would happen in 1982, it was as though it never existed. Paul McCartney made an album, Ringo Starr, also made an album, and even Yoko Ono made one, but The Rolling Stones didn’t released anything. Taxes were still being lowered, but it was silent for The Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones did this once before in 1971-1972, so maybe it was a short break, let’s hope that’s true.

I’ll tell you more on the next post !!!

The Rolling Stones 1978/1980

The Rolling Stones is one of a few that survived two decades.

The Big Bands were popular until The Croners took over, and then Rock’N’Roll. In other words, 1940-1945 Glen Miller, 1945-1955 Frank Sinatra, 1955-1960 Elvis Presley, 1964-1970 The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, 1964-2013. The Rolling Stones have lasted them all.

The Rolling Stones were still making hit songs in the 1970’s as they did in the 1960’s and the upcoming performers couldn’t keep up. One Hit Wonders, Disco Punk and New Wave music all faded into the past and forgotten, but The Rolling Stones continue into the millennium.

Here is an albums that I wore out, 1980’s Emotional Rescue, most criticize it, but I love it !!!

Mick Jagger Day

I’ve been playing The Rolling Stones albums for the last two weeks, so playing more of them is hard to do. I’m going to post another Rolling Stones soon, and since I have two albums for your birthday, it’s only fitting to have another for this post.

To my fans (which I have none), here’s Tattoo You !!!

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