1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Poni-Tails Toni Cistone, lead vocals, LaVerne Novak, high harmony, Patti McCabe, low harmony (replaced Karen Topinka in 1957)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Born Too Late 1958
This was the only top-ten hit recording for the Poni-Tails.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1958-1959 Record Label: ABC Paramount
The wispy pop female trio of Toni Cistone, LaVerne Novak, and Karen Topinka were students at Brush High School in Lynhurst, Ohio, near Cleveland, when they started singing together in 1956. Point Records issued their first single Your Wild Heart in 1957. Unfortunately, a cover became a hit for Mercury artist Joy Layne. ABC Recordsí Don Costa was interested in the group and released their Itís Just My Luck To Be 15 in 1957. Itís Just My Luck To Be 15 spawned the similarly themed Born Too Late, but before the Poni-Tails recorded their classic hit, Karen Topinka was replaced by Regina High School student, Patti McCabe. The song was actually the ĎBí side of their Come on Joey, Dance With Me, but DJs favored Born Too Late and it rose to #7 on the charts. They were unable to recapture their magic in future recordings and, turning down an ABC contract extension, the Poni-Tails decided to settle into family life.