1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Tempos Mike Lazo, lead singer, Gene Schacter, Jim Drake, Tom Monito
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: See You in September 1959
This was the only top-ten hit recording for the Tempos.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1958 - 1959 Record Label: Climax
Lead singer Mickey Lazo and Gene Schachter met while in the Army in Korea, appearing in a number of U.S.O. shows. After completing their service, they returned to their hometown, Pittsburgh, where they expanded their act to a quartet by adding Tom Monito, who hailed from neighboring Cannonburg, Pennsylvania, and then in 1959, adding Jim Drake. Producer Jack Gold gave them the name The Tempos. The quartet recorded Bless You My Love andSee You In September. Initially, Bless You My Love was the record’s ‘A’ side, but public opinion changed that and ultimately See You In September became the ‘A’ side. It was featured in the acclaimed ‘American Graffiti’ movie and its soundtrack album. The Tempos’ version of See You In September has been ‘covered’ by a wide array of artists, instrumentals, and vocals including Shelley Fabares’ 1962 recording and The Happenings #3 hit record in 1966.