Sunday, April 26, 2009

Who's Who In Knickerbocker Village History: Johnny Motts

Johnny singing Unchained Melody. He's in the middle of the first pic of the slide show and by himself on the second. The black and white photo is of the original Demensions.
We've mentioned Johnny,John Martinucci, before but we had a picture of Lenny Dell singing and not Johnny. Johnny lived at 32 Monroe Street
From their web site
The Demensions, (Tom Clemente, Lenny Dell, John Martinucci, Robin Robbert, Ron Scauri), are recognized as one of the finest performing acts from the sensational sixties; a decade in which they sparked a melodic crusade earning them a place in musical history.
The group is perhaps most loved for their hit record Over the Rainbow, which was originally recorded in 1960 on the Mohawk record label featuring original members Lenny Dell, "Uncle" Phil Del Guidice, Marisa Martelli, and Howard Margolin. In 1962, My Foolish Heart (released on Coral records) also soared up the top 100 chart.
The Demensions' treasured songs were enjoyed on "American Bandstand", "The Clay Cole Show", "Palisades Park", WINS Radio (w/ Cousin Brucie who was the first to play the hit Over the Rainbow), and WMCA Radio.
Today, the group carries on their musical tradition with performances throughout the northeast including, the NJ Meadowlands, the Capital Theater (formerly Westbury Music Fair), various Atlantic City hotels, and many other spectacular stages.

1 comment:

Bobby (sound) Courtship said...

Well.....The "New" Demensions gets credit for singing their hit.Somewhere Over the Rainbow, when in fact they were not the ones who originally recored it. Marisa Martenili was the soprano credited for that hit. This has happened a lot over the years, groups re formed with new members and credit is given to them. As per the Dupree's. Another Doo-Wop group that all the original members are deceased.