1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Gaylords Ronnie Gaylord (Fredianelli), Burt Holiday (Bonaldi), Don Rea
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: The Little Shoemaker 1954
The Gaylords also had hits with Tell Me Youíre Mine in 1952 and From the Vine Came the Grape and The Isle of Capri in 1954.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952 - 1958 Record Label: Mercury
Italian duo Ronnie Fredianelli and Burt Bonaldi added vocalist and pianist Don Rea to accompany them while they were students at the University of Detroit. The vocal group specialized in rapturous Italian-derived love songs and infectious novelty recordings. Their debut outing, Tell Me Youíre Mine hit #2 in 1952 and the trio signed with Mercury. In the same year, Ronnie Fredianelli was drafted into the Army, changed his name to Ronnie Gaylord, and began recording as a solo vocalist but continued making records as a member of the Gaylords. Soloist, Ronnie Gaylord had a hit of his own, Cuddle Me, in 1954. On some recordings, Billy Christ sang tenor in place of Ronnie Gaylord. The Gaylordís clean execution and unreserved sentiment keeps their songs popular today.