The Dovells were an American music group, formed at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957, under the name 'The Brooktones'. The members were Arnie Silver, Len Borisoff, [Jerry Gross/Jerry Summers,] Mike Freda and Jim Mealey (alias Danny Brooks). Their first single was "No, No, No" was a local hit for The Brooktones, who later became The Dovells. Gross left the group in 1959 to form the Group The Gems with Mark Stevens, Mike Freda, Alan Horowitz, and Rolly S.. The remaining Brooktones signed to the Parkway record labelin 1960 and added Jerry Sirlen and William Shunkwiler to the group, while changing the band's name to The Dovells. While rehearsing Out In The Cold Again, which turned out to be the B side of Bristol Stomp, Len called Jerry and asked for help with the Harmonies. After 2 days of trying, Len asked Jerry to be part of the group and replace 2 of the guys. Sirlen and Shunkwiler were replaced by Gross and Freda. Mark went on to start his own group Tony & the Raindrops--(Our Love is Over) a local hit, and the later joined The Dovells in the 60s. The Dovells at that point (1961) were - Barry, Gross, Silver, Mealey, & Freda, which went on to record many hit records, starting with the Bristol Stomp. Mealey left the group in '62 for personal reasons, but still did some recordings with them..

The Dovells first national hit was "Bristol Stomp", a dance song. This was followed by the similar hit "Do the New Continental" (featured in the John Waters movie Hairspray for a minute). "Bristol Stomp" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1] They appeared performing both songs in the Chubby Checker movie Don't Knock The Twist in 1961. They released a series of singles over the next few years. These included "You Can't Sit Down", a top hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. Len left at the end of 1963 for a solo career under the name Len Barry. The high point of his solo career was "1-2-3" in 1965, plus others.

The Dovells released "If You Wanna Be Happy" on the album You Can't Sit Down in 1963. The song was previously released by Jimmy Soul earlier that year and based on the song "Ugly Woman" by Roaring Lion.

The Dovells continued as a trio, and recorded as The Magistrates for MGM in 1968. As the Magistrates, they recorded the chart hit "Here Comes the Judge," taking advantage of the popularity of the skit on the TV show Laugh-In. Jerry & Mike wrote and produced the song, added the female voice of Jean Yost(Hillary), and performed as The Magistrates as well as The Dovells. Freda left to do his own thing 1n 1969. The Dovells (Gross-Silver-Stevens) went on to be a big hit, in Las Vegas and the Night Club circuit around the country, doing over 300 shows a year. In 1975, Arnie was tired of being on the road and left the group. Gross and Stevens went on as a duo to great reviews for their music and comedy, and continue to perform to this day. The Dovells are more than just their hit records. They are a high energy R&B music and comedy act. They bring along a 5-7 piece Rockin Horn Band that also fills in the harmonies when needed. The Dovells have performed 3 times, both for and with President Bill Clinton, a major highlight of their career.

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  • 1 See also
  • 2 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

See also[edit] Edit

Philadelphia portal

Singles[edit] Edit

Year Single (A-side, B-side)

Both sides from same album except where indicated

Chart positions Album
1961 "No, No, No"

b/w "Letters Of Love" (from The Dovells Biggest Hits)

Bristol Stomp
"Bristol Stomp"

b/w "Letters Of Love" (first pressings, from The Dovells Biggest Hits)
"Out In The Cold Again" (later pressings)

2 7
1962 "(Do The New) Continental"

b/w "Mope-Itty Mope Stomp" (from Bristol Stomp)

37 Don't Knock The Twist (Soundtrack)
"Bristol Twistin' Annie"

b/w "The Actor" (Non-album track)

27 28 All The Hits Of The Teen Groups
"Hully Gully Baby"

b/w "Your Last Chance" (from All The Hits Of The Teen Groups)

25 For Your Hully Gully Party
"The Jitter Bug"

b/w "Kissin' In The Kitchen"

1963 "You Can't Run Away From Yourself"

b/w "Save Me, Baby" (Non-album track)

The Dovells Biggest Hits
"You Can't Sit Down"

b/w "Stompin' Everywhere" (first pressings, from Discotheque)
"Wildwood Days" (later pressings)

3 10 You Can't Sit Down
"Betty In Bermudas"

b/w "Dance The Froog"

50 Discotheque
"Stop Monkeyin' Aroun'"

b/w "No, No, No" (from Bristol Stomp)

94 28
1964 "Be My Girl"

b/w "Dragster On The Prowl"

The Dovells Biggest Hits
"One Potato"

b/w "Happy Birthday Just The Same"

Non-album tracks
"What In The World's Come Over You"

b/w "Watusi With Lucy"

1965 "(Hey, Hey, Hey) Alright"

b/w "Happy"

"Our Winter Love"

b/w "Blue"

1966 "Love Is Everywhere"

b/w "There's A Girl"

1968 "Here Comes The Judge"

b/w "Girl" (by The Magistrates)

1970 "Roll Over Beethoven"

b/w "Something About You Boy"

1971 "L-O-V-E, Love"

b/w "We're All In This Together"

1972 "Sometimes"

b/w "Far Away"

1973 "Mary's Magic Show"

b/w "Don't Vote For Luke McCabe"

1974 "Dancing In The Street"

b/w "Back On The Road Again"