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Little Star by The Elegants

Album: Little StarReleased: 1958Charted:
  • This was the only hit for this Staten Island group. They adopted the name after a member saw a billboard ad for Schenley's Whiskey -- the ad had the phrase "liquor of elegance."
  • Group members Arnold Venosa and Vito Picone came up with this by adapting Mozart's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" into a rock song.
  • This was the only #1 hit ever released by Apt Records. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for all above)
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Comments: 5

On August 29, 1958 DJ Alan Freed held the first of his New York City 'Big Beat Revues' ; it took place at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn, NY...
One of the acts* to appear were the Elegants; and at the time their "Little Star" was at #1 {for 1 week} Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and it stayed on the chart for 19 weeks....
It was the Staten Island quintet's only charted record...
* Other acts to appear were Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton {and Jimmy's "Just a Dream" was at #4 on the Top 100 at the time}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
As of 50's vocal group historian, I can tell you that Jimmy M did NOT write "Little Star", nor was he a lead singer. All the songs recorded by the original Elegants were ONLY sung by Vito Picone, except one song (True Love Affair). The previous comment is an example of many incorrect stories circulated over the years.Sicilian Falcon - Staten Island, Ny
Held the No. 1 spot for one week; the song it knocked out of No. 1 was "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu" by Domenico Modugno, but it reclaimed the top spot the following week and stayed No. 1 for four weeks!!!Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
vito picone wrote and sang the song ,I'm sure frankie would agreeLonnie - Staten Island, Ny
my grandfaher is frank of the elagants and originally supposed to sing little star wen jimmy m. yanked the mike out of his hands and said "i wrote the song i'll sing the song!!" my gandfather isnt known for voicing his opinion and he is very laid bak so of course he stepped asde. ayhow we all know that the the best song they sang is true love afair because you know who sings it love ya pooh bah you are the real star ;)Anna - Nyc, Ny