Monday, February 04, 2013

Joey Dee And The Starliters - Voice Your Choice

Joey Dee, born Joseph DiNicola on June 6, 1040 in Passaic, New Jersey, was a high school classmate of The Shirelles. And for a short time he was even a label mate of theirs on Scepter Records. Joey Dee & The Starliters were formed as the house band at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City in September 1960. They had quite the lineup over a short time, including actor Joe Pesci who played guitar with the band for a brief time in 1961.

In 1964 they opened their own club, The Starliter, also in New York City and during that time the band included three members who later formed The Young Rascals: Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish and Eddie Brigati. Even Jimi Hendrix played in the band in 1965-66. What a rich musical history!

This week on Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice spotlights Joey Dee & The Starliters and two of their biggest and best known hits.

Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice page for either Shout, Pt.1 or The Peppermint Twist, Pt. 1. I'll play the winner in the 4rd hour of next week's show.