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The Excellents


Bronx sextet the Excellents originally formed because the Premiers in 1960, with a genuine lineup of brothers John Kuse and George Kuse, as well as Denis Kestenbaum, Phil Sanchez, Joel Feldman, and Chuck Epstein, quickly transformed in to the Excellents. The group captured the ear of Vinny Catalano of Sinclair Information, who hustled the Excellents in to the studio room in 1961, where they documented an uptempo edition of Al Jolson’s 1926 regular “Red Crimson Robin,” that was ultimately released on Mermaid Information. The group also documented a rocked-up cover from the Cleftones’ “You Baby You,” which arrived in 1961 on Blast Information using a Catalano first, “Coney Isle Baby,” for the B-side. A season afterwards, DJs in the brand new York area started flipping the record and playing the B-side, and “Coney Isle Baby” finished up cracking the very best 20 nationally in 1962. Sadly, very little else was noticed from the Excellents, whose standard final one, “I Listen to a Rhapsody,” released on Blast in 1963, was in fact documented by another group known as the Ultimates. An unofficial last one (“Helene”/”Sunday Sort of Appreciate”) by the initial Excellents made an appearance on Bobby Information a season later beneath the group name the Excellons. The long lasting popularity of “Coney Island Baby,” which includes become an recognized doo wop traditional, has resulted in a recently available touring version from the Excellents. Right now a quartet, but still featuring the business lead vocals of initial member John Kuse, the group also lists Mal Bronson, John Accardo, and Joe Noto as current users.

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Music Songs Coney Island Baby, You Baby You, Why Did You Laugh?, I Hear A Rhapsody, Love No One But You, Red Red Robin, Babalu's Wedding Day, When the Red, Red Robin, Helene

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