Ricky and the Hallmarks

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Formed in 1962 in Queens, New York, USA, this vocal quartet comprised Rick Lisi (lead), Dennis McMahon (tenor), Tom ‘Bix’ Boyle (second tenor) and Jack Scandura (baritone and bass). Introduced to singer/producer…
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Formed in 1962 in Queens, New York, USA, this vocal quartet comprised Rick Lisi (lead), Dennis McMahon (tenor), Tom ‘Bix’ Boyle (second tenor) and Jack Scandura (baritone and bass). Introduced to singer/producer Mike Lewis (formerly of the Concords), he gave Ricky And The Hallmarks the song which would be their debut and only single, ‘Wherever You Are’. Local disc jockey Murray The K backed the b-side selection, ‘Oh Mary Don’t You Weep’, and the lack of exposure allocated the more impressive a-side was undoubtedly of great hindrance to their careers. Lisi and Scandura sang backing vocals with Lewis’ Concords on their ‘Cold And Frosty Morning’ single in 1963, before working (again with Lewis) as the Uniques. By this point Ricky And The Hallmarks were already history. Lisi released a solo single (‘The River’), but enjoyed more significant success in 1985 when Roddie Joy took his song, ‘Come Back Baby’, into the national charts. The other three former Hallmarks formed a group in 1963 entitled the Blend-Aires. Former member Beverly Warren also recorded solo.