Little Star (The Elegants song)

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"Little Star"
Single by The Elegants
B-side "Getting Dizzy"
Released 1958
Format 45 rpm, 78 rpm
Genre Doo wop
Length 2:42
Label Apt
Writer(s) Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa

"Little Star" is a song recorded by The Elegants. Members Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa co-wrote the lyrics. The music was adapted from "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."[1] When released as a single in 1958, it topped both the R&B Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100;[2] however, it was the only song that ever charted for The Elegants. Reportedly, the Elegants refused to pay payola to a prominent New York disc jockey, which inhibited air play of their follow up recordings.[citation needed]

"Little Star" remains one of the most popular examples of doo wop music. Phil Spector described it as an "awful good record."[1] Other artists to record this song include Dion, Randy & the Rainbows, The Slades, Vera Lynn, Linda Scott and Bobby Vee.

A small portion of the song was performed by Paul Simon as part of the 1989 Dion song "Written on the Subway Wall."

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  1. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 14 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Phil Spector & Frank Zappa review the '50s" (audio). Pop Chronicles. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 184. 
Preceded by
by Domenico Modugno
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
25 August 1958 (one week)
Succeeded by
by Domenico Modugno