The Elegants, still based on Staten Island, New York, were formed in
1956 by their lead singer, Vito Picone, who also co-wrote their # l hit
single "Little Star."
The record sold over 2-1/2 million copies world-wide in 1958 on ABC
Paramount's subsidiary label "APT." The group was named the #1 R&B
and the #1 Pop artists of the year and adorned the cover of Cashbox
Magazine receiving their gold record.
The group toured throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico in
the late fifties and early sixties along with the early legends of their time
until the U.S. Army and The Beatles changed the direction of their lives
Ten years later a nostalgic atmosphere gripped the country and there
was a second coming for Doo-Wop sounds such as The Elegants had
contributed in the fifties.
Aside from doubling their original record sales since 1958, the group has
received the Million-Aires award for "Little Star" airing 1 million times on
the radio . Their song has been immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall Of
Fame , was featured in numerous movies, and also in HBO's blockbuster
series, "The Sopranos" .
They have appeared 8 times at Radio City Music Hall, were among the
initial Doo-Wop artists to be presented at Carnegie Hall , the first
Doo-Wop group ever to perform at Lincoln Center , and Vito's cameo
appearance in the Oscar winning movie "Goodfellas" (Vito is in the Billy
Batts scene at the end of the bar), top the list of their many outstanding
Vito Picone (lead vocalist), Jimmy Moschello (baritone), Nino Amato (1st.
tenor), Bruce "Sonny" Copp (2nd tenor and rhythm guitarist) have been
acclaimed as one of the most entertaining acts representing the
wonderful era of the 50's and 60's.