Tony Romeo

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Tony Romeo
Born Sunday, December 25, 1938
Origin United States
Died Friday, June 23, 1995 (age 56)
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) songwriter, singer, producer
Instruments piano
Labels Columbia Records

Tony Romeo (December 25, 1939 – June 23, 1995) was an American songwriter.[1] He is famous for writing the No.1 hit "I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family as well as many other hit records, mostly during the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

Other hits written by Romeo include "Oh Boy (The Mood I'm In)" by both Diana Trask and Brotherhood of Man; "Walking in the Sand," sung by Al Martino, which reached #9 on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1970;[3] "Indian Lake" for The Cowsills;[3][4] and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" by Lou Christie.[5][6] He wrote songs for The Seekers, The Everly Brothers, Richard Harris[7] and David Cassidy[8] among others.[9] His songs were used in such movies as Rain Man (1988) and Gaby: A True Story (1987).[10] and the TV program The Debbie Reynolds Show (1969–1970).[11] Through colleague Wes Farrell's Pocket Full of Tunes songwriting agency, Romeo additionally created commercial jingles to advertise such products as Breck shampoo, Coty cosmetics' fragrance Muguet de Bois, Pall Mall cigarettes, and Scripto lighters.[12]

Off and on, during the 1960s and 1970s, he attempted to make a name for himself as a singer and recorded solo singles "My Ol' Gin Buddy and Me"/"Mr. Hunkachunk" for Columbia Records in 1966 and "Go Johnny Go"/ "Doctor Recommended Me a Potion" in 1977 for Lifesong Records. Overall, over 150 of his songs were recorded,[13] in addition to working as a record producer. In 1970, he wrote music and lyrics for a musical-theater version of A Dog of Flanders.[citation needed] He also produced the duo, Good & Plenty [2] (cf. Good & Plenty candy). He also wrote and produced the MGM album The Trout on which he performed along with his brother Frank Romeo and Cass Morgan, and the unreleased solo album Moonwagon.

Romeo wrote nine platinum records. [14] His most successful song, "I Think I Love You," was released in November of 1970, by Bell Records, the first single released by The Partridge Family. The song hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Pop Singles chart for three weeks: November 15 - December 5, 1970 [15]

During the last fifteen years of his life, Romeo was a resident of Pleasant Valley.[16] He died at home there at age 56 on June 23, 1995. His death was attributed to a heart attack.[1][2] Romeo was survived by his mother Irene Romeo Perrelle of Watervliet, and his brother Frank Romeo of Watervliet.[17]

Compositions[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
Ain’t Life Grand 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
Anthem 1972 Wayne Newton Can’t You Hear the Song?
Arizona Two Thoughts: a. Cuddlin’ Warm 1968 The Trout The Trout
Arizona Two Thoughts: b. Here Beside You Now 1968 The Trout – Cassandra Morgan The Trout
As Long as There’s You 1973 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Crossword Puzzle
Beautiful People 1967 Good & Plenty – Ginny Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
The Beginning 1968 The Trout The Trout
Being Together 1972 David Cassidy Cherish
The Best Way to See America 1971 Lou Christie Paint America Love
The Best Way to See America 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Blessed is the Rain 1969 Brooklyn Bridge – Johnny Maestro Brooklyn Bridge
Blue Canadian Rocky Dream 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Blue Canadian Rocky Dream 1974 Lou Christie Lou Christie
A Brand New Man 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Breck Shampoo [commercial]
Californie 1966 Tomorrow's People [single]
The Candy Kid 1968 The Cowsills – Paul The Mission on the Bowery
Carnival Girls 1968 The Trout The Trout
Children Dreamin’ 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
Come On Joe 1987 Jo-El Sonnier Come On Joe
Count on Me 1967 Peaches and Herb For Your Love
Crazy Billy 1968 The Trout The Trout
Days of My Life 1968 The Seekers [single]
Dear Mom 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Didn’t We Love Each Other Good 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Doctor Recommend Me a Potion 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
A Dog Named Flanders 1970 [musical theater]
Don Junior 1974 Jim Ed Brown [single]
Don't You Ever Give Up On Me, Baby [songbook: Songs by Tony Romeo]
The End 1968 The Trout The Trout
Everybody’s Got a Home but Me 1966 6 7/8 [single]
Fresh Water 1968 The Trout – Tony Romeo The Trout
Get Away Said the Man in the Moon 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Gin Buddy 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Go Johnny Go 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
The Good Dr. Jefferson 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
Good Mornin’ 1974 Lou Christie Lou Christie
The Guy Who Did Me In 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
Happy 1970 Paul Anka Life Goes On
Hello and Goodbye 1969 Steve Dworkin [Tony Romeo demo]
Hello and Goodbye 1969 Jerry Vale [single]
Hello Hello 1972 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Shopping Bag
Hold Onto Me 1969 Steve Feldman [Tony Romeo demo]
Home for a Little While 1973 Bubba Davis [single - same song on both sides]
Ho Hum 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
How I Spent My Summer 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Hushabye Wee Bobby 1968 The Trout The Trout
I am a Clown 1973 David Cassidy Cherish
I’m Coming Home 1972 Richard Harris Slides
I Can Hear My Heart Begin to Cry 1987 Girls Next Door What a Girl Next Door Could Do
I'd Like to Be with You 1960 [published]
I Don’t Have to Tell You 1972 Richard Harris Slides
If You Ever Go 1972 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Shopping Bag
I’ll Never Get Over You 1973 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Bulletin Board
The Image of You [songbook: Songs by Tony Romeo]
I’m Gonna Make You Mine Tony Romeo [Tony Romeo demo]
I’m Gonna Make You Mine 1968 Camel Drivers [single]
I’m Gonna Make You Mine 1969 Lou Christie I’m Gonna Make You Mine
I’m Gonna Make You Mine 1976 Larry Evoy Larry Evoy
I’m Gonna Make You Mine 1986 Alex Chilton No Sex [double single]
Indian Lake 1968 The Cowsills – Bill Captain Sad and His Ship of Fools
Indian Lake 1971 Freddy Weller The Promise Land
Indian Lake 1971 Loretta Lynn You’re Lookin’ at Country
Indian Lake 1969 Dr. Wishbone’s Revival [promotional single]
I Played my Part Well 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
Isn’t it Hard to Tell the Truth 1973 Cassandra Morgan Isn't it Hard to Tell the Truth [unreleased]
I Think I Love You 1970 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy The Partridge Family Album
I Think I Love You 1970 Perry Como It’s Impossible
I Think I Love You 1971 Andy Williams Love Story
I Think I Love You 1974 Betty Chung Betty Chung
I Think I Love You 1991 Voice of the Beehive Honey Lingers
I Think I Love You 1997 Less Than Jake Scream 2
I Think I Love You 1999 Clam Abuse Stop Thinking
I Think I Love You 2002 Kaci Battaglia Paradise
I Think I Love You 2002 Katie Cassidy Honey Lingers
I Think I Love You 2003 David Cassidy Touch of Blue
I Think I Love You 2007 Declan Galbraith You and Me
I Think I’m Gonna Fall (In Love with You) 1987 Girls Next Door [single]
It Means I’m in Love with You 1973 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Crossword Puzzle
It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love) 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Shopping Bag
It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love) 1972 The Lettermen Lettermen 1
It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love) 2008 Tristan Kelley [YouTube video]
It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love) 2009 Larry L [YouTube video]
It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love) 2013 Frank Lombardo [YouTube video]
I Will Watch Over You 1967 Peaches and Herb Let’s Fall in Love
It Was Always, Always You [songbook: Songs by Tony Romeo]
I Would Have Loved You Anyway 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Sound Magazine
I Wouldn't Be Lonely Anymore 1967 The Bubble Gum Machine The Bubble Gum Machine
Last Night 1972 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Shopping Bag
Livin’ in a World Of Make Believe 1967 Good & Plenty – Ginny Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
The Love Of A Woman 1967 The Bubble Gum Machine The Bubble Gum Machine
Mayola 1968 Back Street Union [single]
Mia Te Voy A Hacer 1996 Paco Barron y Sus Nortenos Clan Norteños De Sangre Pura
Milk Train 1968 The Everly Brothers – Phil and Don [single]
Montage 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Morning Rider 1974 Lou Christie Lou Christie
Morning Rider on the Road 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Up to Date
Mr. Hunkachunk 1966 Tony Romeo [single]
Muguet de Bois 1969 Brooklyn Bridge - Johnny Maestro [Coty Cosmetics' fragrance commercial]
My Christmas Card to You 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy A Partridge Family Christmas Card
My Christmas Card to You 2011 Mike Ragogna [YouTube video]
My My My 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
My My My (reprise) 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
My Ol’ Gin Buddy and Me 1966 Tony Romeo [single]
November Song 1968 The Trout The Trout
November Song 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Oh Boy 1975 Diana Trask The Mood I’m In
Oh Boy 1977 Brotherhood of Man Oh Boy!
Once Upon a Dusty Road 1972 Richard Harris Slides
The One and Only Original Sunshine Kid 1975 Jimmy Hannan [single]
The One and Only Original Sunshine Kid 1975 Lou Christie [single]
One More Mile and Darlin’ I’ll Be Home 1970 Kes Wyndham [single]
One More Mile and Darlin’ I’ll Be Home 1970 Al Martino [single]
Papa je t’amine 1971 The Cowsills – John Captain Sad and His Ship of Fools
The Path of Love 1968 The Cowsills – John Captain Sad and His Ship of Fools
Paul Mall cigarettes: “Longer Yet Milder” 1970 [commercial]
The People Theme 1978 Sacco [Lou Christie] [single]
Please Uncle John 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque 1970 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy The Partridge Family Album
Poor Baby 1968 The Cowsills – Bill The Best of The Cowsills
Real Good Woman 1971 The Changing Scene The Changing Scene
Roseanne/Dear Bill 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Roy 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Saddle the Wind 1974 Lou Christie Lou Christie
Scripto Lighters [commercial]
She is the We of Me 1967 Good & Plenty – Douglas Good The World of Good & Plenty
Sing Me 1973 David Cassidy Dreams are Nuthin’ More than Wishes
Ski-Daddle 1966 6 7/8 [single]
Slides 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Stay with Me 1960 Four Voices [single]
Stingray's Back in Town 1966 Tomorrow's People [single]
Stop By to Say Hi/ Rosanne is that You 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Summer Days Tony Romeo [Tony Romeo demo for Bell Records]
Summer Days 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Sound Magazine
Summer Days 1975 Lou Christie [single]
Sunbeam 1974 Lou Christie Lou Christie
Sunny and Me 1968 Good & Plenty – Douglas Good [single]
Sunny Jo 1972 Richard Harris Slides
Sunrise Highway 1968 The Trout – Frank Romeo The Trout
Teddy Bear’s Picnic 1968 The Trout The Trout
That’ll Be The Day 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Sound Magazine
Theme from People Magazine 1978 Lou Christie [CBS TV Series]
There He Goes 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
There’ll Never Be (A We Like You and Me) 1975 Lou Christie Lou Christie
Together We’re Better 1972 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Notebook
Two Little Clouds Passing By 1975 Lou Christie Lou Christie
Understanding Who I Am 1968 The Trout The Trout
Wha'cha Gonna Do For Me Now 1967 The Bubble Gum Machine The Bubble Gum Machine
Waco 1971 Lou Christie Paint America Love
Walking in the Sand 1970 Al Martino [single]
Walking in the Sand 1972 Wayne Newton Daddy Don’t You Walk so Fast
Walk Me in the Rain 1987 Girls Next Door The Girls Next Door
We Can Never Be Friends 1972 David Cassidy Cherish
Welcome Me Love 1969 Brooklyn Bridge – Johnny Maestro Brooklyn Bridge
Welcome to the Big Big Apple 1977 Tony Romeo Moonwagon [unreleased]
Wishwater 1969 Dr. Wishbone’s Revival [single]
With a Little Love (Just a Little Love) 1969 Debbie Reynolds [Debbie Reynolds 1969-70 TV show opening theme]
Worse Day I’ve Been To 1968 The Trout – Cassandra Morgan The Trout
Yeah Yeah Yeah 1968 The Trout – Frank Romeo The Trout
You are Always on My Mind 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Up to Date
You are Always on My Mind 1971 New Christy Minstrels [single]
You Can’t Hang On 1968 The Trout – Frank Romeo The Trout
You Can’t Keep Me 1967 Good & Plenty The World of Good & Plenty
You Don’t Have to Tell Me 1971 The Partridge Family – David Cassidy Sound Magazine
You're All the Woman that I Need 1970 Al Martino [promotional single]
You’re the Rock, You’re the Rebel 1987 Girls Next Door What a Girl Next Door Could Do
Your Kite, My Kite 1968 Brooklyn Bridge – Johnny Maestro [single]
You Were the One 1974 Lou Christie Lou Christie
You Were the One 1998 David Cassidy Old Dog, New Trick

Collaborations[edit]

  • “The Good Dr. Jefferson” by Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo
  • “I am a Clown” written with Dave Ellingson
  • “Isn’t it Hard to Tell the Truth” by Cassandra Morgan and Tony Romeo
  • “I Wouldn't Be Lonely Anymore" by Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo
  • “Livin’ in a World of Make Believe” by Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo
  • “The Love Of A Woman" by Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo
  • “Mayola" by Wes Farrell, Tony Romeo
  • “Papa je t’amine” by Tony Romeo, Vline Buggy, Georges Guetary
  • “She is the We of Me” by Wes Farrell, Tony Romeo
  • “Sunny and Me” by Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo
  • “There He Goes” by Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo
  • “Together We’re Better” by Tony Romeo and Ken Jacobson
  • “Wha'cha Gonna Do For Me Now" by Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo
  • “Wishwater” by Tony Romeo and Wes Farrell
  • “You Were the One” written with David Cassidy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tony Romeo, songwriter, 56" (obituary), The New York Times, June 26, 1995, page B8.
  2. ^ a b c Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed November 2010
  3. ^ a b (No author.) "Fayette County Youth Theatre sets two shows," The Valley Independent, July 28, 1970, page 27: This popular story ... has music and lyrics written by Suzanne Buhrer and Tony Romeo. ... Romeo has composed many songs, including Al Martino's hit 'Walking in the Sand,' music for Lou Christie, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, and The Cowsills' 'Indian Lake.'
  4. ^ (No author.) "Partridges hit with new ingredient, old family recipe," Charleston Gazette, March 27, 1971, page 8: The Partridges even trade shamelessly in Cowsills-style material. 'I Think I Love You' was written by Tony Romeo, composer of the Cowsills 'Indian Lake.' And Romeo has three songs on the new Partridge album.
  5. ^ Hit parade hall of fame - Lou Christie
  6. ^ (No author.) "Tune In [column]: 'I'm Gonna Make You Mine'," Charleston Gazette (Charleston, West Virginia), Nov. 11, 1969, page 12 (includes full lyrics and chords).
  7. ^ UPI. "Composer, guitarist causes big splash" (headline refers to a David Bowie album), Las Cruces Sun-News, Dec. 20, 1972, page 21: Richard Harris, one of the better singers, continues to come on strong with "Slides" (ABC Dunhill DSX 50133). All but one of the 12 songs, a finale by Harris himself, were written by Tony Romeo, who conceived the album. Among the songs are 'I Don't Have to Tell You,' and 'How I Spent My Summer.'
  8. ^ Joe Davenport. "Records" (review of Cassidy's 1972 album Cherish), San Antonio Express and News, Feb. 20, 1972, Sunday One section, page 21: At first blush you get the impression Cassidy is more at home with Tony Romeo tunes than with others as he sings 'Being Together' and a great 'I Am A Clown,' on which the true qualities of Cassidy's ability comes forward.
  9. ^ Allmusic.com - Tony Romeo songlist
  10. ^ Allmovie.com - Tony Romeo credits
  11. ^ IMDb.com - Tony Romeo page
  12. ^ "Romeo racks up 'de Bois', Billboard magazine, May 17, 1969.
  13. ^ Bapresley.com - Tony Romeo
  14. ^ https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/spectropop/conversations/topics/6114 - Spectacular! Retro! Pop!]
  15. ^ http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/number -one-songs-by-year/?y=1970
  16. ^ The Cowsills website
  17. ^ The Sunday Gazette on June 25, 1995