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Reparata & The Delrons

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The Delrons started out as a quartet in 1962 at St. Brendan’s Catholic School in Brooklyn, New York, led by lead singer Mary Aiese, who subsequently billed herself as Reparata after Sister Reparata, one of her school teachers. The other originals were Nanette Licari, Regina Gallagher and Anne Fitzgerald, but they were soon replaced by Sheila Reilly, Carol Drobnicki, and (initially) Cathy Romeo.

The group were spotted by record producers Bill and Ted Jerome, who recorded them in 1964 first for Laurie Records, and then on the Ernie Maresca song “Whenever a Teenager Cries” on the World Artists label. This became a regional hit but failed to reach the national top 40, a pattern repeated by its follow-up, “Tommy”. However, the trio toured nationally with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars, and the group’s name became widely known. In 1965 they moved to RCA Records, Drobnicki and Reillie having been replaced by former member Licari, and Lorraine Mazzola. After several unsuccessful releases in a similar style to the Shangri-Las, including Jeff Barry’s “I’m Nobody’s Baby Now” and an album, they moved again to Mala Records.

In 1968 they released “Captain of Your Ship”, co-written by Kenny Young. This missed the US national charts, but made the top 20 in the UK, where they then toured.

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