This vocal quartet was formed in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in 1957 by Barney Zarzana, Danny Zipfel, Bobby Serrao and George Taylor Jnr. ‘Joannie’, arranged by a young Neil Sedaka, was their debut Coral Records single in March 1958 and it went on to sell over a quarter of a million copies. Appearances on Dick Clark’s television show and the Dean Martin Telethon, plus tours with the Drifters and Flamingos, helped to make the Bay Bops perhaps the most well-known white doo-wop group of the time. After their second single, ‘My Darling, My Sweet’/‘To The Party’, in May 1958, the group broke up when Zipfel started another vocal group. The three remaining Bay Bops used the Ravens’ Lou Frazier as lead for brief time. In the mid-60s Zipfel recorded for MGM Records without a great deal of success. In 1958 a new version of the Bay Bops was formed by Barney Zarzana and his brothers Michael, Vinnie and Sal, but they did not record.
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