In an interview with The Pop Culture Addict
, Tony DeFranco talked about who they got their start: "I always refer it to the magic carpet ride. Here we are playing in the Niagara Peninsula, I sing a song or two at a park, a gentleman saw us and approached my Dad and said 'Hey, I used to work with the Osmonds and your family's got something here' and my Dad says 'Okay, whatever you say' so this guy took some pictures, did a couple of recordings and sent them to various teen magazines and record companies. He got a response from AMPEX Records in Canada and we actually got a deal with them briefly. Then we got a response from the publisher of Tiger Beat
magazine who flew us to Hollywood and I was like a deer in headlights. I'd never seen a palm tree. We met Chuck Laufer from Tiger Beat
, we went to his house, I sang for him in front of a piano and he flew us up after and said 'You know what? Let's do a few demos.' He couldn't get a producer who wanted to work with us who had success, just because they were saying 'I don't want to work with kids! What am I going to do with these kids?' So he got a guy named Walt Meskell under Mike Curb, and Mike Curb is huge these days, and we did three or four demos and one of them was 'Heartbeat.' We took it to Russ Reagan, president of 20th Century Records, and he basically flipped out and the rest is history. Within six months we're driving down Ventura Boulevard in the heart of the San Fernando Valley and my brother turns up the radio and he's flipping out! And then you couldn't stop hearing because, back then in AM radio, the rotation was really short so you'd just change stations and there it was."