The Secrets

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Formed in Cleveland in the early '60s, the group -- Jackie Allen Schwegler, Karen Cray Cipriana, Carole Raymond McGoldrick, and Patty Miller -- first called themselves the Sonnets when their pianist looked…
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Formed in Cleveland in the early '60s, the group -- Jackie Allen Schwegler, Karen Cray Cipriana, Carole Raymond McGoldrick, and Patty Miller -- first called themselves the Sonnets when their pianist looked at his Sonnet piano and suggested that as a name.

In 1963, Tom King, leader of the local group the Starfires, (who later went on to become the Outsiders), asked the girls to do five Twist shows with the Starfires accompanying them. It was after one of these performances that Redda Robbins, a talent promoter, offered to represent them, lining up a meeting with Johnny Madara and David White, staff producers for Philadelphia-based Chancellor Records. Madara and White had already written Danny & the Juniors' "At the Hop" and "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," and were also members themselves of the Spokesmen. They brought the group to Mercury, who ultimately recorded two songs, scoring a Top Twenty hit with "The Boy Next Door," which charted in late December, 1963. They recorded three unsuccessful singles for the label and made live appearances before splitting up in 1965.

McGoldrick and Miller continued as a duo called the Memories for a year. In the early '90s, all of the original Secrets regrouped to perform at their 30th high school reunion.