Danny and the Juniors
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At that time, record companies were engaged in a frenzied search for young people who could perform the new music. It wasn't very long before they discovered the teenagers, renamed them Danny and the Juniors, and recorded them singing one of their own original songs called At The Hop.
The song quickly became a monumental hit on five continents, reaching #1 on the pop, country, and rhythm and blues charts. It stands today as the #23 all-time biggest record according to Billboard Magazine's List of #1 Hits. The group immediately followed with another hit, Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay, which became an anthem of the era, plus dance classics Twistin' USA and Pony Express. These were the first of a string of eleven charted recordings.
Early in 1958, Dick Clark presented Danny and the Juniors with a gold record for At The Hop on American Bandstand, the first of the many awards and accolades they would receive over their career, including Best New Group of 1957 and the prestigious Philadelphia Music Alliance Achievement Award in 1992.
Danny and the Juniors have made almost 50 American Bandstand appearances, and they have been on numerous television shows, from the old Patti Page Big Record Show to, more recently, Nashville Now. They've also been featured in three motion pictures, and their songs have been in many more. Danny and the Juniors have been covered in many important national publications, including Life, Billboard, Cashbox, and Teen. The latest of these is a 1994 USA Today article that points out the broad appeal of Danny and the Juniors and their music across many demographic categories.
Now, in their fifth decade as performers (their latest album is the 1992 MCA release Rockin' With Danny and the Juniors), the group still appears at a multitude of venues, including conventions, theatres, clubs, casinos, fairs, and festivals. Their wholesome, fun-loving stage show is embellished with comedy, impressions, bright costumes, and audience participation--while still preserving the rich history of the music--and is regarded as one of the best in the business!
Their hit records include:
- At The Hop
- Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay
- Twistin' USA
- Back To the Hop
- Pony Express
- Doin' the Continental Walk
- A Thief
- Ou La La Limbo
- School Boys Romance
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