O.K. trivia freaks, trythis one: What group has been recording great records since 1959 . .. had their first hit 4 years later . . . is still recording andperforming great music today . . . and all of their members areyounger than any of the Rolling Stones?
As you might suspect (sinceyou're holding their latest album in your hands) the answer is Randyand the Rainbows. Pioneers. Survivors. And just possibly the futureof rock ‘n’ roll. Dom Safuto (“Randy”) was 12 years old whenhe and his brother Frank, as members of the Dialtones, recorded “TillI Heard It From You” for the legendary George Goldner. Domremembers sitting in the waiting room of the recording studio withgroups he idolized (the Flamingos, Little Anthony and the Imperials)waiting for their precious time “at bat.” At 12.
George Goldnertreated Dom halfway between a son and a budding star. Rumor has it hefelt that Dom could be a “white Frankie Lymon." He let Domhang around sessions . . . listen . . . and absorb the sounds and thefeelings of that golden era.
“Till I Heard It From You” gotenough airplay, and sold enough records, to allow for anotherrecording session. But before anything else could be released, thelead singer, Rosalie (the Safuto’s Brooklyn friend), decided thatshow business was not for her, and suddenly the Dialtones were nomore. Goldner shelved the next Dialtones release. Under normalcircumstances the story would have ended right there.
However, ourundaunted heroes, Dom and Frank, regrouped with three other Maspethneighbors (including Mike Zero of the current group) and afterseveral name changes, in May of 1963, Randy and the Rainbows wereburning up the national charts.
The good news for everybody who knewand loved “Denise” is that Randy and the Rainbows is essentiallythe same group today as they were when they recorded that landmarkhit . . . not just in personnel (Vinny Carella joined almostimmediately after “Denise” . . . there have been no personneladditions since 1964!) but in their sound, their spirit, and theirenergy.
This, their first “mini-LP,” is a no- filler affair . . .with the title track another possible rock & roll landmark. Inrock & roll, as in life, there really is no substitute forexperience. Hear for yourself. Check out the latest from theall-time-great Randy and the Rainbows! Ambient Engineer: Rob BengstonRecorded at The Workshoppe, Queens, NY Mastered by Joe Brescio, TheMaster Cutting Room, Manhattan, NY. This album was cut directly fromthe original 30ips stereo master tape for maximum sonic purity.