Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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DANNY AND THE JUNIORS

USA vocal group formed '55 in Philadelphia: Danny Rapp, lead (b 10 May '41; suicide 5 April '83), Joe Terranova (b 30 Jan. '41), Frank Mattei (b Nov. '40), Dave White (b Sep. '40); latter-day sideman was saxophonist Lenny Baker, who later co-founded Sha Na Na. They signed with local label as Juvenairs fresh out of high school; White and a friend (John Medora) wrote smash no. 1 "At The Hop' '57- 8 (originally called "Do The Bop'; Leon Huff helped prod.); follow-up "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay' (top 20 '58) also written by White (who made solo LP on Bell '71 under real name David White Tricker). Featured on Dick Clark show; toured with Alan Freed; had two more top 40 hits. "At The Hop' was typical of the period's way of diluting rock'n'roll excitement into harmless dance music.