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Little Star Elegants (1958)

The Elegants are an American doo wop vocal group that found fame in 1958 with their nursery rhyme inspired song Little Star. Before hitting it big, The Elegants (Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogno, Carmen Romano and James Mochella) would perform under the boardwalk on Staten Island. Little Star was written by Venosa and Picone and went to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and was certified Gold. Still in their teens, The Elegants got to perform with Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis.

The new incarnation of the Elegants (circa the early 70s) included: Vito Picone, Freddie Redmond, Nino Amato and Bruce Copp and are still together (almost) and regularly perform. In fact, they annually perform at the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy in Manhattan. Redmond died of emphysema in 2006. Original members James Moschella replaced Redmond. The Elegants are now known as Vito Picone and the Elegants.