|David M. McKee|
27th Jun 2011
| ||The Fontane Sisters, backed by the Dot house band (Billy Vaughn’s Orchestra), notched up ten Top 40 hits.The Group consisted of three sisters – Marge on lead, Bea on low harmony and Geri on harmony. The girls hailed from New Milford, New Jersey. The family name was Rosse and after High School they joined an all-girl troupe that went on an eight-month tour. Subsequently, they were joined by brother Frank who accompanied them on guitar as they played theatres and radio shows up until the outbreak of World War II.|
Frank Rosse lost his life during the war, and the girls re-organised as a trio in 1944 and obtained a booking for the Perry Como Show on which they featured for several years.
They signed for RCA Victor and recorded ‘Tennessee Waltz’ in 1951, but it wasn’t until they signed for Dot in 1954 that the hits started coming.
Their first release, ‘Happy Days and Lonely Nights’, although a perfectly good song and typical of the Fontanes’ output, made no impression on the charts. In Britain, Ruby Murray had the top version at No.6 with Frankie Vaughan and the Johnston Brothers following behind at No.12 and No.14 respectively.
The flip was written by Dot’s musical director Billy Vaughn and label owner Randy Wood, and is a very good song.