Danny & the Juniors

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Danny & the Juniors
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania United States
GenresDoo-wop, rock and roll
Years active1955-present
LabelsSwan, ABC, Guyden, Mercury, Capitol
Websitewww.dannyandthejuniors.com
MembersFrank Maffei
Bobby Maffei
Past membersDanny Rapp
David White
Joe Terry

Danny & the Juniors are an American doo-wop and rock and roll vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania originally consisting of Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. Formed in 1955, they are most widely recognized for their 1957 hit single "At the Hop".

1950s[edit]

Danny Rapp (lead), Frank Maffei (2nd tenor), Joe Terranova (baritone) (aka Joe Terry), and Dave White Tricker (1st tenor) (aka Dave White) met at John Bartram High School and started singing together in the mid 1950s. Known as the Juvenaires at the time, they sang at school parties and other local events. Local record producer John Madara took notice of them and introduced them to local DJ's Larry Brown and Artie Singer, who had a record label known as Singular Records. In 1957, they recorded a John Madara and Dave White penned song "Do the Bop", and Singer took it to a fellow DJ named Dick Clark. Clark liked it and suggested changing their name to the Juniors and renaming their song.[1] Changing "Let's all do the Bop" to "Let's go to the Hop" proved to be successful, and it became a local hit in June 1957. In December 1957, they received a call from Dick Clark to be a last-minute substitution for a no-show band on American Bandstand, and they performed it for a national audience.[1] The song became a nationwide hit after ABC Paramount bought the master recording and issued it in January 1958. They soon appeared on The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and other national TV shows. Soon after, they recorded "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay" and "Dottie", both of which charted. In 1959, White left the group, leaving them a trio. In the fall of 1957, David began attending Temple Univ. and was on the Gym Team, but quit school when the group started making personal appearances.

1960s[edit]

In 1960, the band was signed to Dick Clark's Swan Records label, and they released one more record, "Twistin' USA". It made it into the Top 40, and became their final hit single. They went on to release several more singles, but were not able to repeat their earlier successes.

White left the group in the early 1960s to concentrate on writing and production. He was very successful in this venture, composing a number of hits, including "You Don't Own Me" for Lesley Gore, and "1-2-3" and "Like a Baby" for Len Barry.

Through the rest of the 1960s, the Juniors also appeared on Guyden Records, Mercury Records, and Luv Records (a subsidiary of Bell Records), where they re-recorded "Rock 'n' Roll Is Here To Stay" in 1968. In 1973, they re-recorded "At The Hop" for Crunch Records, which was owned by the same company that owned their ABC-Paramount Records master recordings.

1970s to the present[edit]

In 1976, "At the Hop" was re-issued, and it made its way into the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. The single was commercially used for the Canadian National Exhibition, changing the words to "Let's go to the Ex" rather than "Let's go to the hop." It was parodied by the band Dash Rip Rock with their single entitled "Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot", and by NRBQ during the 1973 energy crisis under the title, "Get That Gasoline".

Rapp was found dead in a hotel in Arizona on April 5, 1983, of an apparent suicide.

Danny & the Juniors featuring Joe Terry continued to tour, with Terranova singing lead, along with Maffei and Maffei's brother, Bobby Maffei. From September 2011, Frank Maffei and Terranova presented an hour-long rock'n'roll radio special for London's Covent Garden Radio in the UK.

Tragic losses[edit]

David White died on March 16, 2019, at the age of 79.[2] Joe Terry died on April 15, 2019 at age 78.[3]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Danny & the Juniors among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[4]

Members[edit]

  • Danny Rapp (born Daniel Earl Rapp, May 9, 1941, Philadelphia – died April 5, 1983) — lead vocalist
  • Joe Terry (born Joseph Terranova, January 30, 1941, Philadelphia – died April 15, 2019) — lead/baritone vocalist
  • Dave White (born Dave White Tricker, September 1, 1939, Philadelphia - died March 16, 2019) — first tenor vocalist[2]
  • Frank Maffei (born December 15, 1939, Philadelphia) — baritone/second tenor vocalist
  • Bobby Maffei — first tenor vocalist

Awards and recognition[edit]

Danny & the Juniors were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003, and the group was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame on November 22, 2013.

Singles[edit]

Year Title US
Hot 100
US R&B Label
1957 "Do the Bop" / "Sometimes" -- -- Singular
1957 "At the Hop" / "Sometimes" -- -- Singular 711
1957 "At the Hop" / "Sometimes (When I'm All Alone)" 1 1 ABC-Paramount 9871
1958 "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" / "School Boy Romance" 19 16 ABC-Paramount 9888
1958 "Dottie" / "In The Meantime" 39 -- ABC-Paramount 9926
1958 "A Thief" / "Crazy Cave" -- -- ABC-Paramount 9953
1958 "Sassy Fran" / "I Feel So Lonely" -- -- ABC-Paramount 9978
1959 "Do You Love Me" / "Somehow I Can't Forget" -- -- ABC-Paramount 10004
1959 "Playing Hard To Get" / "Of Love" -- -- ABC-Paramount 10052
1960 "Twistin' U.S.A." / "A Thousand Miles Away" 27 -- Swan 4060
1960 "Candy Cane, Sugary Plum" / "Oh Holy Night" -- -- Swan 4064
1961 "Pony Express" / "Daydreamer" 60 -- Swan 4068
1961 "Cha Cha Go Go (Chicago Cha-Cha)" / "Mister Whisper" -- -- Swan 4072
1961 "Back To The Hop" / "The Charleston Fish" 80 -- Swan 4082
1962 "Twistin' All Night Long" (with Freddy Cannon) / "Some Kind Of Nut" 68 -- Swan 4092
1962 "Doin' The Continental Walk" / "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes" 93 -- Swan 4100
1962 "Funny" / "We Got Soul" -- -- Swan 4113
1962 "Oo-La-La-Limbo" / "Now And Then" 99 -- Guyden 2076
1964 "Sad Girl" / "Let's Go Ski-ing" -- -- Mercury 72240
1968 "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" / "Sometimes (When I'm All Alone)" -- -- Luv 252
1973 "At the Hop" / "Let the Good Times Roll" -- -- Crunch 018001
1973 "At the Hop" / "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay" -- -- Roulette
1980 "At the Hop" / "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay" -- -- MCA

Albums[edit]

Despite the sizable output released by Danny & The Juniors from the late 50's to early 60's, no albums were ever released during that time. The first compilation album was released in 1983: Rockin' With Danny and The Juniors on MCA; this was followed over the years by several other compilations on vinyl and CD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Danny and the Juniors biography - The Pop History Dig". Pophistorydig.com. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "David White, 'At the Hop,' 'You Don't Own Me' Songwriter, Dies". Bestclassicbands.com. July 23, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Remembering Danny and the Juniors' Joe Terranova", Blitz, April 16, 2019
  4. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.

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