The members of this rock ‘n’ roll doo-wop group from Brooklyn, New York, USA, were lead Joe Favale, first tenor Tony Maltese, second tenor Larry Cusimano, baritone Joe Nigro and bass Dom Colura. Although the Emotions, who formed in 1959, only scraped the bottom of the charts in 1962 with ‘Echo’ (number 76 pop), like many east coast, Italian-American doo-wop groups of the early 60s, they enjoyed substantial regional success. ‘Echo’ sold 250, 000 copies in New York alone, indicating that it sold very little elsewhere in the country. Their second hit was an up-tempo version of the old Nutmegs hit, ‘Story Untold’, which was successful only in New York in 1963. After many lean years, during which the group saw all their singles fail, they broke up in 1970. In 1982, Favale and Maltese formed a new group, with new members Joe Cavanna, Eddy Balen and John Van Soest, and recorded their first and only album, Doo-Wop All Night Long, on Marty Pekar’s Ambient Sound label (for legal reasons they had to use the Blue Emotions name).
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