Peter Andreoli (b. 28 April 1941, New York, USA) and Vincent Poncia Jnr. (b. 29 April 1942, New York, USA) were originally members of the Videls, who enjoyed minor US success with ‘Mister Lonely’ in June 1960. Switching to full-time songwriting, the duo worked with the Aberbachs at Hill and Range music. They enjoyed a close association with Phil Spector, penning songs for several of his protégés, including the Ronettes (‘Do I Love You’, ‘How Does It Feel’, ‘The Best Part Of Breakin’ Up’), Crystals (‘Mary Ann’) and Darlene Love (‘He’s A Quiet Guy’, ‘Stumble And Fall’). They also recorded on Spector’s short-lived Shirley label as the Treasures. Under the name the Tradewinds, they enjoyed a US Top 40 hit with ‘New York’s A Lonely Town’ (number 32, February 1965), followed by the less successful ‘Mind Excursion’ (number 51, September 1966). They formed another studio outfit, the Innocence, reaching number 34 in the US charts with ‘There’s Got To Be A Word!’ in December 1966. In 1967 the pair released ‘So It Goes’/‘Virgin To The Night’ under their own name, and later moved to Warner Brothers Records, for whom they recorded The Anders And Poncia Album in 1969. By the end of the 60s, they parted, and Poncia went on to produce Fanny, Ellen Foley and Melissa Manchester. The partnership was reactivated in the mid-70s on albums by Mary Travers, Kiss and Ringo Starr.
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