Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mr. Dieingly Sad - The Critters

OK, more one-hit wonders: This neo-Baroque group from Westwood, NJ started out in '64 as The Vibratones. They eventually changed their name to emulate other "animal" groups of the day. Don Ciccone penned and sang their top-selling hit, peaking at #17 in '66. Captivating melody and sublime vocal harmonies. Later on Don toured with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and with Tommy James and The Shondells. Group? Hit?

Yesterday's answer: "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Brian Hyland. In those days bikinis were just starting out and were considered "scandalous" in some circles. The song singlehandedly boosted bikini sales!

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