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Danny & The Juniors

Danny & the Juniors shot straight to the top of the charts in early 1958 with their biggest hit ever, the gold-selling "At the Hop" (penned by the songwriting team of Dave White and John Madara), though they reached the charts again with eight more singles through 1963, notably the Top 40 charters "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," "Dottie," and "Twistin' U.S.A."

Danny Rapp (lead tenor), Frank Maffei (second tenor), Joe Terranova (baritone/bass), and Dave White Tricker (tenor) (aka Dave White) were four Philadelphia high school friends -- all were born in 1940 or 1941 -- who formed an atypical late-'50s rock & roll dance combo, originally calling themselves the Juvenairs. Rapp -- the group's leader -- choreographed their dance steps and invented the routines that they performed during their sets. After playing after-school gigs and local shows as a foursome for a while, they later added saxophonist Lennie Baker to the lineup.

While still in high school in late 1957, they were working a record hop as the intermission entertainment, when a local businessman named John Madara spotted the band. Madara had an interest in rock & roll promotion and introduced them to a local songwriter and vocal coach named Artie Singer, who also ran his own label, Singular Records.

Singer auditioned the band and liked an original song White had written that captured the energetic spirit of rock & roll. It was called "Do the Bop." However, since the term "bop" was by then already out of fashion, he suggested that the song's title needed to be changed and helped them shape it into the hit we know today: "At the Hop." Singer also shortened the name of the group from the Juvenairs to the Juniors and had them cut a demo of "At the Hop" that he took around to play for local DJs. Working with producer Leon Huff, it took 13 takes in Reco-Art Studios in Philadelphia before Singer felt he had the goods from the group.

Singer played the song for Dick Clark, whose popular music show American Bandstand was broadcast live from their hometown of Philadelphia. Clark didn't have any immediate openings on the show, but as luck would have it, Little Anthony and the Imperials canceled an appearance soon thereafter and Clark asked Danny & the Juniors to fill in as replacements. "At the Hop" proved to be an immediate success. Singular quickly issued the song as the group's first single and it became a regional hit, selling 7,000 copies in onw week in Philadelphia alone. Financially strapped, Singular Records later leased the record for 5,000 dollars to ABC Paramount. "At the Hop" proceeded to climb up the charts in December of 1957, reaching number one, where it remained for seven weeks.

Danny & the Juniors soon followed up with "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," another White-penned rocker, which also made the Top 20. The group toured with several of Alan Freed's traveling rock & roll shows and put two more songs into the Top 40. In the early '60s the group switched over to the Swan label and after their last song charted in 1963, Danny & the Juniors eventually parted ways.

Madara ended up running his own record store, located at 60th and Market Streets in Philly. He and White also went on to join the Spokesmen, whose minor hit "The Dawn of Correction" was an answer song to Barry McGuire's number one charter, "Eve of Destruction." White also made a solo album for Bell Records, which was released in 1971 under the name David White Tricker. Lead vocalist Danny Rapp committed suicide in 1983. Saxophonist Lennie Baker went on to be a founding member of nostalgia act Sha-Na-Na).

Interesting side notes: years later, the motion picture American Graffiti featured a scene at a senior class dance with a band playing Danny & the Juniors' "At the Hop." The '50s-style band, calling themselves "Herby & the Heartbeats," were actually portrayed by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids (but were virtually the spitting image of Danny & the Juniors themselves). ~ Bryan Thomas, Rovi
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My h.s. graduation had a sock hop with Danny & the juniors playing....n o , no we didn't.
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I was there . . . at the Dawn of Rock and Roll. (HS Class of 1958) !
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The Hop was short for the Sock Hop....take your shoes of and dance on the Gym floor.... Good stuff, many fond memories in the late 50's and Earlly 60's
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pnotchr73
This music was popular way before I was born, but, my goodness I love it!
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msvglove1
Remember listening to this song while watching American bandstand
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Interesting connection with Sha-Na-Na. I remember their clip from Woodstock when they came onstage and did At The Hop which in context of the rest of the festival was one of those WTF moments but it made them stars.
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dragonlady60 8 8
Rock and roll.
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dragonlady60 8 8
Remember car hops on roller skates i do
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I second that..who's in.
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Time to cruise the hamburger joint
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Frank Maffei lives in my neighbor hood. I got him to sign my Rolling Stone History of Rock n roll in Pictures Book. What a thrill to meet one of the founding fathers of Rock n Roll.
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Awesome
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When I was young my dad put for me I was a baby I would dance
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Awesome!
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Good old rock and roll.
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Yes great music.
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My parents always had some kind of home improvement project they were working on and we always listened to my Dad's records of 50's songs. This was one of my favorites. I can remember my sister and I dancing around the living room!! Great memories.
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agough99
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this to at least three songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works.
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I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!
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STILL A GREAT SOUND.
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Still going.
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LOVE it
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At the hop! Great music!...... . . . . . .
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60s r my fav
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mcneill_dave
The bio above says At The Hop was penned by the songwriting team of Dave White and John Madara, but the lyrics say
Publishers: Lyrics © Warner, Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing, Sony,
ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group;
Songwriter: OLLIE JONES

So, someone's wrong.
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Hate it
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blueberrynut t
I bought this 45 with my 13th birthday money in 1958 and still have it!
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bobjacobs90
At The Hop is a classic for all ages and will still be around for years to come
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I think I heard this in American Graffiti ??!!
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oliviagzanto
Love this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
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vic_dlg
Love Danny and juniors they rock And roll to
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Rock n Roll Never Dies
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slsepar
I like it
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traumagirl11 1
I feel like I'm listening to Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay from Grease whenever this song comes on.
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I'm 23 today and I grew up on this music, it always puts me in a good mood! My family calls me an old soul :)
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gmood614
The b side is a great song. One of the benefits of having the 45 rpm disc
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I want a restaurant in my town to be named "The Hop."
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These song are the greatest. long live 50's Rock 'n Roll
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I was at the hop in '58
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boblewis61
The group had a brief revival in 1979-80. My wife and I caught them at a big hotel in downtown Toronto. What fun!
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Although 5 years younger, I knew Danny Rapp. He lived for a short time nearby. Don't know what was sadder, his unfortunate death or Sam Cooke's. I'm still sad...
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My first dance song.
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djjp1049
AT THE HOP BEST 45 EVER MADE.
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dated all the names in this song,even married barbara ann
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i got rock n roll is here to stay on 45rpm
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I liked " sometimes all alone " and " for the longest time" by Danny and the Juniors- remember that Billy Joel redid " for the longest time"

Great stuff- I grew up in Philadelphia - I would run home from kindergarten to watch Bandstand.
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Lets go to the hop!!
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chuckthehulk says: In latel973 before I moved South N. C. My Wife and I saw the man at his very best And a Double record --He signed Lots of Love, Fats Domino......
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junior high school late 50s I listened to the odlies
I was good at 50s
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This was an oldie when I started grade school in 62. I've wished for a return to the honesty of this music. It isn't much to brag about but Punk was as close as we got. Long Live Rock.
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