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Thursday, December 10, 2009

§ I Am Music and I Pick the Songs: The Wanderer

{Song #42 « Song #43 » Song #44}

§ ≡ One of an ongoing series of posts in which I pick, in my not-so-humble opinion, the best songs of the second millennium. Feel free to offer constructive dissenting opinions; preferably set to music.

Song #43 is The Wanderer, sung by Dion (DiMucci).

"The Wanderer" is a song recorded with an uncredited background vocal group, the Del-Satins, in a rockier style than Dion's earlier hits with the Belmonts. The Del-Satins were an established doo-wop group led by Stan Ziska (later known as Stan Sommers), who at the time was also contracted to Laurie Records, and who later formed the core of "Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge".

As for the Long Island group known as "The Brooklyn Bridge", their story has, for me, a personal twist to it:
A Battle of the Bands was conducted on Long Island in early 1969. A group of students from Hicksville High School competed along with many other groups for the coveted title of best band on Long Island. The record producer who owned the right to Johnny Maestro and the Del Satins selected the Hicksville group (who did not win the competition) to join forces with Maestro and the Del Satins. The result was the formation of The Brooklyn Bridge.
The personal twist is that I graduated from that same Hicksville High School in 1959.

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