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The Excellents

Bronx sextet the Excellents originally formed as the Premiers in 1960, and with an original lineup of brothers John Kuse and George Kuse, plus Denis Kestenbaum, Phil Sanchez, Joel Feldman, and Chuck Epstein, quickly transformed into the Excellents. The group caught the ear of Vinny Catalano of Sinclair Records, who hustled the Excellents into the studio in 1961, where they recorded an uptempo version of Al Jolson's 1926 standard "Red Red Robin," which was eventually issued on Mermaid Records. The group also recorded a rocked-up cover of the Cleftones' "You Baby You," which came out in 1961 on Blast Records with a Catalano original, "Coney Island Baby," on the B-side. A year later, DJs in the New York area began flipping the record and playing the B-side, and "Coney Island Baby" ended up cracking the Top 20 nationally in 1962. Unfortunately, not much else was heard from the Excellents, whose official final single, "I Hear a Rhapsody," released on Blast in 1963, was actually recorded by another group called the Ultimates. An unofficial last single ("Helene"/"Sunday Kind of Love") by the original Excellents appeared on Bobby Records a year later under the group name the Excellons. The enduring popularity of "Coney Island Baby," which has become an acknowledged doo wop classic, has led to a recent touring version of the Excellents. Now a quartet, and still featuring the lead vocals of original member John Kuse, the group also lists Mal Bronson, John Accardo, and Joe Noto as current members. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Doo-Wop Forever, Vol. 2

Disc 1

1. Rama Lama Ding Dong

2. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

3. Ko Ko Mo

4. Lovers

5. Long Tall Girl

6. Since I Fell For You

7. Remember

8. Aurelia

9. All In My Mind

10. Here In My Heart

12. It's Going To Be Alright

14. Newly Wed

15. Let's Go For A Ride

17. Franny Franny

18. Gee I'm In Love

19. No One To Love

20. Searching For A New Love

Disc 2

1. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)

2. Trickle Trickle

3. Coney Island Baby

4. Fat, Fat, Fat Mom-Mi-O

7. Gloria

8. Praying For A Miracle

9. Wine Wine Wine

10. Sweet Sixteen

11. What Time Is It?

12. Never Let You Go

13. High On A Hill

14. Now That Summer Is Here

15. Way Love Should Be

16. Fine Little Girl

17. Teenage Triangle

18. I'll Make You Understand

19. I'm Yours

20. Can I Walk You Home

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Track List: Sounds Of The City: New York Area Doo Wop 1956-1966

Disc 1

1. Sherry

2. Little Star

3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

4. Barbara-Ann

5. Rip Van Winkle

6. Big Girls Don't Cry

7. He's In Town

8. Runaround

9. Ding Dong

12. Angel Face

14. Darling Can't You Tell

16. Canadian Sunset

17. Echo

19. Unchained Melody

Disc 2

2. Hushabye

3. Denise

4. Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)

6. Come A Little Bit Closer

7. Tonite, Tonite

8. Imagination

10. Be My Girl (Please Be Mine)

11. I Remember

12. She Cried

13. Runaround Sue

15. Pizza Pie

16. Wake Up

17. Teardrops Follow Me

18. Believe Me

19. Donna Lee

Disc 3

2. Remember Then

3. 16 Candles

4. Tell Me Why

5. There's A Moon Out Tonight

6. Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)

7. Have You Heard

10. Baby Blue

11. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)

12. Coney Island Baby

14. Please Love Me Forever

17. You

18. Life Is But A Dream

19. My Own True Love

20. Teenage Vows Of Love

21. Looking For An Echo

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I knew the boys from the Bronx (Lydig Avenue)
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I have not heard Coney Island Baby in over 15 years-thank- y o u Excellents and THANK-YOU PANDORA. :-)
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there from my hood in the bronx

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