This US pop group was formed in the early 60s in Villas, New Jersey. The Ran-Dells are recalled only for their 1963 novelty hit, ‘Martian Hop’, one of numerous songs during the 50s and 60s to capitalize on the exploration of space and the possibility of alien visitors. The group was a trio comprised of cousins Steven Rappaport (b. 1943, USA, d. 4 July 2007, Maui, Hawaii, USA), Robert Rappaport (b. 1943, USA) and John Spirt (b. 1949). ‘Martian Hop’ was composed by all three and theorized that Martians were probably great dancers. Released on the small Chairman label, it reached number 16 in the autumn of 1963. Two follow-up singles, ‘Sound Of The Sun’ and ‘Beyond The Stars’, did not chart and the Ran-Dells subsequently split up.
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