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Epitome Of Sound


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The Epitome of Sound

In the 1960’s, the Megatons were a Motown/Soul style group from New Jersey, USA who were made up of 4 musicians (all White Men), and 1 lead singer (a Black Man).

The instrumentation included; bass, drums, guitar, and organ. The group performed in various nite-clubs throughout Jersey and had a large following of fans. In 1967, three of the group members (Bob Ligatino, bass, Eddie Dill, aka Eddie Charles, guitar, and Eugene Thomas, lead singer, decided to make some personnel changes, and

Mike Paladino, drums, and Joe DeJohn, organ, joined the Megatons.

Both Mike and Joe were cousins, and longstanding musicians, and had somewhat famous careers as backup musicians. Mike, on occasion, was personal drummer with The Four Seasons, and Joe played keyboard with Elvis Presley during Elvis’ Las Vegas comeback period.

The Megatons, with a new drummer and organ player continued to perform playing the nite-club circuit. They rehearsed on their days off in Mike Paladino’s mother’s basement in Bound Brook, NJ. In attendance at most of the rehearsals was Mike’s brother, Robert Paladino.

Robert performed and recorded with doo-wop, and jazz vocal groups in the early to mid 60’s and had written some of their material. He decided to write especially for the Megatons, so, on an old beat-up guitar with missing strings, he composed 2 songs, “You Don’t Love Me”, and “Where Were You”, which he sang for them. The response was positive for both songs! Robert expressed that he wanted to produce the group and record both songs, and that he knew of a newly opened studio close by in Bound Brook.


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