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Fireflies

The Fireflies' career spanned eight single releases on five labels from 1958 to 1967. They formed in Brooklyn in 1957 and went through several lineup changes, but the actual membership is somewhat of a mystery. The original lineup was Ritchie Adams (born Richard Ziegler) on lead vocals and guitar, Lee Reynolds on bass and vocals, Paul Giacalone (aka Paul DeMaya) on drums and vocals, and John Viscelli on saxophone and vocals.

Adams sang lead and Giacalone wrote their biggest hit, their second single "You Were Mine" (Ribbon, 1959). Performed by the band with the addition of Gerry Granahan on backing vocals, it was a romantic hit that just barely missed the pop Top 20 -- and spawned an answer record by the Paulette Sisters entitled "I Was Yours" (later redone by Wayne Thomas).

Ribbon, a New York label owned by Alan Kallman, followed with "I Can't Say Goodbye" early in 1960 (also written by Giacalone), but without the same success; it crested just inside the Top 100. There were several follow-ups, including "Marianne" (released on Canadian American Records in 1960), which competed with a final Ribbon release, "My Girl." It's a good bet that Adams left to pursue a solo singing career and answer a songwriting calling before the Fireflies dropped their first single on Taurus Records in 1962. The first Taurus release was a play on the Fireflies' big hit called "You Were Mine for Awhile. "Blacksmith Blues" followed on Hamilton, and three more Taurus platters were released.

After the Fireflies, Adams cut solo singles on Beltone, Congress, Imperial, and other labels. He also wrote many of them, something he didn't do with the Fireflies, but never charted with any significant impact. He made up for it, however, with his songwriting. Adams has written nearly 375 songs and scored two mammoth hits, "Tossin' and Turnin'," and much later, "After the Lovin'." He wrote songs for the Banana Splits and the Archies, and also sang lead on "Love Is Living in You," the only Archies single that doesn't feature Ron Dante. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Track List: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

Disc 1

1. Come Back My Love

2. The Glory Of Love

3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

4. Love Walked In

5. Twilight Time

6. Blue Velvet

7. The Wind

8. Work With Me Annie

9. My Memories Of You

10. Down On My Knees

11. The Letter

12. A Casual Look

13. Please Send Me Someone To Love

15. Count Every Star

16. Every Night (I Pray)

17. I Met Him On Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)

18. Bad Boy

19. Sixty-Minute Man

Disc 2

1. For Sentimental Reasons

2. The Girl I Love

3. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Come Softly To Me

6. Chapel Of Dreams

7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

8. Don't You Just Know It

9. Little Bitty Pretty One

10. Down The Aisle Of Love

11. A Million To One

12. Once Upon A Time

13. Moonlight Cocktails

14. Deep Purple

15. At The Hop

16. Little Darlin'

17. Lonely Way

18. Sea Of Love

20. I Believe

Disc 3

1. A Wonderful Dream

2. Village Of Love

3. The Angels Listened In

4. It Happened Today

5. My Own True Love

6. Love Came To Me

7. Come On Little Angel

8. I Count The Tears

9. Let Me In

10. Smoky Places

12. This Magic Moment

13. Angel Baby

14. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

16. A Thousand Stars

17. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

19. You Were Mine

20. Forever

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Track List: Teenage Crush Volume 3

1. Suspicion

2. Talk To Me, Talk To Me

3. String Along

4. Heart

5. Rumors

6. Girl Of My Best Friend

7. Corrina, Corrina

8. Sheila

9. Angela Jones

10. Makin' Love

11. After School

12. Here Comes Summer

13. Raindrops

14. I Wish That We Were Married

15. Midnight Mary

17. Mission Bell

18. Pretty Baby

19. Primrose Lane

20. Pledge Of Love

21. Lonely For You

22. Baby Blue

23. Turn Around, Look At Me

24. Honest I Do

25. If I Had A Girl

26. Count Every Star

27. Over The Rainbow

28. I Can't Say Goodbye

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amelia2009
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LOTS og GREAT songs on this Doo Wop album like YOU WERE MINE
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xxcrystarose x x
So proud to say that my Poppy, Paul Giacalone wrote this. I'll love and miss you forever, RIP Poppy, you were ours
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paulg3054
God Bless my Dad , Paul Giacalone who wrote this great song in 1959. He passed away on June 27 2013. He was only 73, and had so much to live for, and I miss him very much. Paul R Giacalone
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Working out at the gym and the memories and music keep me going!
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You Were Mine by the Fireflies is a GREAT SONG!!!!!!!
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p.bo
I worked with Paulie Giacalone on the Amex. Paul Borriello
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i saw them recently and there Great
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jcsilvis
I Knew The Fireflies.
Big Sue
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A GREAT DOO WOP SONG
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good office music - we love this song
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gawillcox
Really took me back to the 50's. GREAT

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