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The Dovells were an American music group, formed at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957, under the name 'The Brooktones'. The members were Arnie Silver, Mark Gordesky, Len Borisoff (better known as Len Barry), Jerry Gross, Mike Freda and Jim Mealey (alias Danny Brooks). Their first single was "No, No, No", which was a minor local hit for The Brooktones, who soon broke up. Summers and Dennis left the group, forming The Gems with Mark Stevens and Alan Horowitz in 1960. The remaining Brooktones signed to the Parkway record label and added Jerry Serlen and William Shunkwiler to the group, while changing the band's name to The Dovells.
Their first hit was "Bristol Stomp", a dance song with the lead vocal actually sung by Matthew Cavallaro,[dubious ] a short time member forced to leave the band due to military obligations. This was followed by the similar hit "Do the New Continental" (featured in the John Waters movie Hairspray for a minute). "Bristol Stomp" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. They appeared performing both songs in the Chubby Checker movie Don't Knock The Twist in 1961. They released a series of singles over the next few years. These included "You Can't Sit Down", a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. Len Borisoff left in 1965 for a solo career under the name Len Barry. The high point of his solo career was "1-2-3" in 1965.
"If You Wanna Be Happy" by The Dovells was written by Roaring Lion and was first released by Roaring Lion in 1934. The Dovells released it on audio album You Can't Sit Down (1963)
The Dovells continued as a trio, and recorded as The Magistrates for MGM in 1968. As the Magistrates they recorded the chart hit "Here Comes the Judge," taking advantage of the popularity of the skit of the TV show Laugh-In.
|1962||"(Do The New) Continental"||37||—|
|"Bristol Twistin' Annie"||27||28|
|"Hully Gully Baby"||25||—|
|"The Jitter Bug"||82||—|
|1963||"Betty In Bermudas"||50||—|
|"Stop Monkeyin' Aroun'"||94||—|
|"You Can't Sit Down"||3||10|
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