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The Duprees

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Jersey City, New Jersey, USA (1962 – present)

The Duprees are a doo-wop group which had a series of hits during the early 1960s.

The group was founded in the early 1960s in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA by Michael Arnone, Joe Santollo, John Salvato, Tom Bialoglow, and lead singer Joey Canzano (later known as Joey Vann). George Paxton, a former big band leader was impressed by the group’s style and signed them to his Coed Records label. Their first single “You Belong to Me” had previously been a hit for Jo Stafford in 1952. The Duprees’ version was given a big band backing by Paxton and reached the US top ten in 1962.

The band had more top 40 hits in the next few years. “My Own True Love” was a vocal adaptation of “Tara’s Theme” from the soundtrack of Gone with the Wind and became the group’s second hit. “Have You Heard” and “Why Don’t You Believe Me” also reached the Top 40 charts and, like “You Belong to Me,” were originally early ’50s female vocal hits (Joni James, in this case). The band became known for mixing doo-wop vocals with big band arrangements. Tom Bialoglow left in 1963. Mike Kelly, who had recorded on the group’s original demos for George Paxton, replaced Joey Vann as lead vocalist in 1964.
Despite becoming unfashionable after the Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion in 1964, the Duprees continued to record, turning in a more “pop” direction, and reaching the Top 100 as late as 1975. The group still performs today on the oldies circuit, but with no original members. Joe Santollo died in 1981, Joey Vann died in 1984 and Mike Arnone died in 2005.

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  • Pinkerton-

    wonderfull doo wop music, underrated.

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • gennyisrad

    my dad got me into these guys, and i'm really glad he did. "have you heard" is my SONG.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • yevebetaelisa

    Oh this group was great , wish they were still around (live) , but as with others like myself will live in memories of their music and songs.

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • LIL-GYPSY

    One of the greatest :)

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Ibeardo

    I used to whistle this tune while dilivering newspapers past my High School girlfriends house. LOL

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • mx_mkdski_glas

    The duprees are one oldies artists out there. My respects to them

    22 Jan 2008 Reply
  • IamFlood

    The Duprees were Mike Pattonish before their time.

    12 Jan 2007 Reply

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