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The Number Ones: The Elegants’ “Little Star”
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Bob Roman
2018-11-02 11:27:19 UTC
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A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1 in the Billboard Hot 100.

The Elegants – “Little Star”
HIT #1: August 25, 1958
STAYED AT #1: 1 week

It’s an almost unbelievably wholesome story: Four Italian teenagers from the South Shore of Staten Island grow up singing doo-wop under the boardwalk together, and then they hit #1 when a couple of them have the bright idea of turning “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” into a love song. They never scored another hit again, but they’re still out there singing the song on the nostalgia circuit, playing cruises and country clubs. Frontman Vito Picone now hosts a nostalgia-heavy talk show on Staten Island community TV. Their moment lasted for exactly one week, and they still can’t believe their luck.

“Little Star” seems almost too wholesome to work. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is a kids’ song, and by definition, there’s no danger or mystery to it. It’s also not especially well-suited to becoming a pop song. But the Elegants built on its familiarity, turning their song into a perfectly pretty little shimmer. There are plenty of better doo-wop songs, but there are plenty of worse ones, too.

GRADE: 6/10
Mark Dintenfass
2018-11-02 15:37:43 UTC
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Post by Bob Roman
A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1
in the Billboard Hot 100.
The Elegants ­ ³Little Star²
HIT #1: August 25, 1958
STAYED AT #1: 1 week
It¹s an almost unbelievably wholesome story: Four Italian teenagers from the
South Shore of Staten Island grow up singing doo-wop under the boardwalk
together, and then they hit #1 when a couple of them have the bright idea of
turning ³Twinkle Twinkle Little Star² into a love song. They never scored
another hit again, but they¹re still out there singing the song on the
nostalgia circuit, playing cruises and country clubs. Frontman Vito Picone
now hosts a nostalgia-heavy talk show on Staten Island community TV. Their
moment lasted for exactly one week, and they still can¹t believe their luck.
³Little Star² seems almost too wholesome to work. ³Twinkle Twinkle Little
Star² is a kids¹ song, and by definition, there¹s no danger or mystery to it.
It¹s also not especially well-suited to becoming a pop song. But the Elegants
built on its familiarity, turning their song into a perfectly pretty little
shimmer. There are plenty of better doo-wop songs, but there are plenty of
worse ones, too.
GRADE: 6/10
Seems '58 was a good year for one-hit wonders, and "Little Star" was
one of the better ones. "Getting Dizzy," the flip side, was pretty
good, too. I remember seeing them live at an Alan Freed when they were
still on the charts, all slicked in frilly shirts and shiny purple
suits (iirc), so someone was spending money on the act. Anyway, their
"moment" lasted much more than a week since hits in the 50s got airplay
for quite a while as they climbed up and then back down the charts.
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Roger Ford
2018-11-02 16:02:08 UTC
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On Fri, 2 Nov 2018 04:27:19 -0700 (PDT), Bob Roman
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GRADE: 6/10
I'd probably grade it about the same. Despite lack of airplay in UK
considering its US hit status,I liked it more at the time than I do
now but its still got a certain charm. And of course these guys were
the text book definition of "one-hit wonders" who,after their #1 hit
were never seen on the Hot Hundred again.

Interesting that tho there were no more chart hits several of their
other singles became popular enough on the collectors circuit to get
booted in the 70's including 1960's "Little Boy Blue" and "Tiny Cloud"
from 1961

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