Sparrows Quartette

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Influenced by the sounds of the Orioles and Ravens, the Sparrows Quartette’s attempts to rekindle nostalgia for classic doo-wop was piloted by R&B aficionados Dominick ‘Dom’ D’Elia (lead), Sam Wood (bass)…
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Influenced by the sounds of the Orioles and Ravens, the Sparrows Quartette’s attempts to rekindle nostalgia for classic doo-wop was piloted by R&B aficionados Dominick ‘Dom’ D’Elia (lead), Sam Wood (bass) and James Brady (baritone). Dom’s 11-year-old brother, Billy D’Elia (tenor), and Bob Freedman (ex-Squires; lead tenor) completed the line-up (effectively meaning the ‘Quartette’ was in fact a quintet). Formed in New York, USA, in 1961, the group’s debut single was ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ on Broadcast Records in 1963. He later formed Jet Records in 1965, by which time the Sparrows’ line-up had shifted, with Sal Mondrone replacing Brady, and also taking over lead duties. A single emerged, ‘Deep In My Heart’, but it made little headway in a declining market for traditional vocal groups. The Sparrows broke up in 1969, but re-formed two years later to record their first album (eventually released in 1974). This prompted further singles activity, first, ‘I Love You So Much I Could Die’, and then the agenda-setting ‘We Sing For Fun’. In addition to these two a cappella treatments, they also recorded under the guise of Mel Dark And The Giants (‘Darling’). Two further ‘rehearsal’ albums followed in 1975, as did a final single for Jet, ‘The Christmas Song’, but when Freedman moved to Chicago, the other members discontinued the group. However, the D’Elia brothers did put together a new group in 1976, the Sharks Quintette, with members of the Heartspinners, Five Sharks and Gold Bugs. This grouping released three singles for Broadcast, but to little interest.