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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2012

The Royal Teens (Fort Lee, New Jersey)



Personnel :

Joe Francovilla (aka Joey Villa) (Lead)

Billy Dalton

Billy Crandall

Tom Austin

Bob Gaudio

Larry Qualiano (Sax)




Discography :

The Corvells (BB The Royal Teens)
1957 - We made a Wow / Miss Jones (Lido 509/ Tip Top 509)

The Royal Teens
1957 - Sittin' with my baby / Mad Gas (Astra 1012/Power 113)
1957 - Perdido (Unreleased)
1958 - Short Shorts / Planet Rock (ABC 9882/Power 215)
1958 - Why (Power) (Unreleased)
1958 - Wounded Heart (Power) (Unreleased)
1958 - Dottie Ann (Power) (Unreleased)
1958 - Big Name Button / Sham Rock (ABC Paramount 9918)

1958 - Harvey's Got A Girl Friend / Hangin' Around (ABC Paramount 9945)
1958 - Open The Door / My Kind Of Dream (ABC Paramount 9955)

1959 - Believe Me / Little Cricket (Capitol 4261)
1959 - I'll not be the one / Royal blue (Mighty 111)

1959 - Royal blue / Leotards (Mighty 111)
1959 - Cave man / Wounded Heart (Mighty 112)

1960 - The moon's not meant for lovers (anymore)/ Was it a dream? (Capitol 4335)
1960 - It's the talk of the town / With you (Capitol 4402)

1961 - My memories of you / Little Trixie (Mighty 200)

1962 - Short short twist / Royal Twist (Allnew 1415/Jubilee 5418)

1965 - I'll love you til the end of time Pt.1/Pt.2 (By the Blue tones)(Swan 4200/Blue Jay 101)

1965 - Bad girl / Do the Montoona (TCF117)

1969 - Smile a little smile for me / Hey Jude (Musicor 139)
N/A - Lazy Walker (Empire 1001)
N/A - Day Dream (unreleased)
N/A - Carole (unreleased)




Biography :

The Royal Teens are, by one definition, a hard-luck band. They could play hard and loud, but they also sang well and knew how to harmonize. They were one of the better rock & roll bands of their period, nicely self-contained and with a great beat and hard attack on their instruments, which included sax, electric guitar, and piano. But for all of that, they're virtually a one-hit group, and that one hit, "Short Shorts," isn't too representative of their sound. And, yet, without it, it's unlikely that a version of the Royal Teens would still get gigs in the Northeast in the summer of 1999, 40 years after the group's last decent chart placement.



Bill Crandle, Bill Dalton, Tom Austin, and Bob Gaudio formed the original band, then known as the Royal Tones, in Fort Lee, NJ in 1957. Crandall left the band and was replaced on sax by Larry Qualiano, and in 1958, Joe Francovilla (aka Joey Villa) joined the lineup as singer. A name change followed to the Royal Teens, when they got a shot at recording on the tiny Power Records label.

Their first two singles, "Sitting with My Baby" and "Mad Gas," didn't chart, and they were in the process of cutting a couple of new singles in 1958 when their producer, against the wishes of the band, decided to use some leftover studio time to cut an instrumental jam that they'd done on-stage, to which they'd improvised some words. So the story goes, a couple of girls hanging around the studio were brought in and told to repeat the same line at the designated spots in the song, as the band sang and played.


Out of that session, "Short Shorts" was born, which, after initial success in New York City, Power quickly sold to the ABC-Paramount label. With help from American Bandstand and lots of radio stations that jumped on the song, "Short Shorts" spread quickly over the airwaves, and the band suddenly had a number three national hit.




The record, often perceived as one of the dumbest of novelty tunes, is actually better than most people remember it, and has everything a great rock & roll song needs to transcend its simplicity -- the sax part is thick with places for the soloist to have fun, there's a hot guitar break, and the beat is relentless and intoxicating, especially as punctuated by the honking sax, a song you can laugh at, dance to, and play variations on for five minutes or more. (If Lenny & the Squigtones had really wanted to generate a hit in the late '70s, they'd have cut "Short Shorts" with Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, or their soundalikes, backing Michael McKean and David Lander).

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