1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Danny and the Juniors Danny Rapp, lead vocals, (1941-1983), David White, first tenor, Frank Maffei, second tenor, Joe Terranova, baritone
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: At the Hop 1957
Danny and the Juniors also hit with Rock and Roll is Here to Stay in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957-1963 Record Label: ABC Paramount
High school friends, Danny & the Juniors, are recognized for their hit single At the Hop. Formed in 1955 as ‘The Juvenairs,’ their song Do the Bop, written by Dave White and his friend John Madara, came to the attention of Dick Clark who suggested they rename it At the Hop. The song transferred rock and roll energy into a catchy dance tune. It quickly became a monumental hit on five continents, reaching #1 on the pop, country, and R&B charts. It remains the #23 all-time biggest record according to Billboard Magazine. They followed up with another similar sounding Dave White and John Madara song, Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay. Danny & the Juniors, one of the first acts to interpret black music into white rock and roll, toured with Alan Freed’s rock-and-roll shows and were featured more than fifty times on ‘American Bandstand.’ Danny Rapp committed suicide in 1983.