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As well as being a lifelong Fort Leer, I deliverd your dad's mail up on I believe 8th Street. You guys sound really good tonight at the FLCC. I also was Billy's paper boy but his parents paid. See you next time.
favorite Royal Teens recording along with "Believe Me"?ni
This is the only information I have found on the subject of The Three Pals. I have not been able to find any info on Sylese Records either.
Who were these former members of the Royal Teens?
Were their 45 ever released and did they have more releases.
called "L-O-V-E Love" I have the 45 with the Royal Teens as the backup band on the record. Then the idea for "Short Shorts" came up and was released. It became popular very fast and I forgot about my career and my songs and joined the Royal Teens and toured througout Florida, and the mid west for many weeks, did appearances on local radio shows etc. I left the group after we recorded "Big Name Button"4. I was in touch with Bobby before he died, and I'm still in touch with Tom Austin the drummer. We appeared at a block party in New Jersey in 1957 before the group took off in early 1958.
Anyway, thanks for the great tunes.
Bill was one of the members of the 50's band "Royal Teens", who's music lives on today in TV commercials and the Broadway show "Jersey Boys" with the tune "Short Shorts". His guitar music from the camper late at night and early in the morning at the Safety compound will be missed.
If anyone wishes to hear some of Bill's music, he had a soundclick page. (Soundclick allows artists from all over the world to add their music together and create original songs, he plays the guitar on the tracks listed there.)
Bill was a valuable member of the Midwestern Council Safety Team. His knowledge, stories, music, and friendship will be missed by many.
Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the
St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rochelle, with Rev. Steven Lange officiating.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5 - 8 PM at the
Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 N 6th St., Rochelle.
Obituary posting and sympathies accessible online:
Memorials to the St. Patrick Catholic Church or the American Heart Association.
Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Rochelle.
It was wonderful meeting you last evening at Charlie Horner's Doo Wop presentation at the Morristown Museum. Thank you for taking the time to give my husband and me some background info on the Royal Teens. I also appreciate your signing a copy of the group's picture. Hearing "Short Shorts" again brought back wonderful memories.
Please call me about future wedding in Long Island. Lost your card. Hope all is well.
It sparked my interest and through Google found your website.
Congratulations on such a great contibution to rock n roll history.
It was great hearing you last night on WPAT 930AM. A forgotten song recorded by the Royal Teens recorded in '58 or '59, but you seldom hear it is "Big Name Button." It was a big hit in New York (I was and still live in Brooklyn), but unbelievably never hit Billboard's top 100. Although I Live in Brooklyn, I listen to New Jersey's AM stations 1250 and 1410, two true oldies stations AND did hear Big Name Button the other day on one of these stations, while driving in my car. What great memories!
I'm glad to finally find out that the squeal in the second verse is not an effect but from the sax! I'd forgotten about the wolf whistle on guitar. I'm sure it probably influenced Jimi Hendrix who used to mimic "Thank you" on with guitar.
One thing about your History page disturbs me.
The record CLEARLY says, "Dig THAT crazy CHICK." In your History you inaccurately quote it as "Dig THOSE crazy CHICKS." That inaccuracy has filtered down to Wikipedia, which is where I found your webite, used as a reference for that quote.
I understand (from your video) that you've changed that line in live performance to accommodate your two singers/dancers, but such an historic song deserves an accurate history!
I - and other nitpickers like me - would appreciate it if you would make the correction here and on Wikipedia.
Thanks for the music!
I still have the Harry K Smythe presents The Big Gold Records Stars in Person that I recieved in Florida from the tour.
Great Rock $ Roll
I first saw your (Short Shorts) black-and-white video on TV.
Great site from a UK fan. Its great that there's finally a Royal Teens site!!! Keep on rocking. John Pingree UK fan.
Tom What a great web site. My wife and I looked at every thing. I'm proud to have meet you after all these years, loving that song Shorts Shorts, and the fact that I grew up in Bergenfield and my brother went to school with Bob Gaudio. Best of luck with the Royal Teens.
I met you backstage in the midwest in the spring of 1958 - I believe it was at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. I was long-distance dating Phil Everly at that time.
I befriended Diana Lee and subsequently got in touch with her after moving to New York. I actually lived with her at her parent's home in Forest Hills, Long Island for a short period while I was starting my modeling career in New York. The Costellos were so nice to me, that my parents invited Diana to move to Minnesota to live with them where she finished high school in Emmons, MN.
MY life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. I eventually married a mega-moneyed international business man and lost touch with her. I am currently writing my memoirs and would love to re-connect.
I would greatly appreciate any information you would have on her. The Royal Teens are mentioned in my book. You are the best!!
Look forward to future dates!
xoxo - Laura
I really enjoyed reviewing your web site and the history of the Royal Teens. It brings me back to the time when I used to hear Shorts Shorts on the radio when I was a kid. One of those great songs that has a life of it's own. Loved the videos! Keep rockin buddy!
TOM , A GREAT WEBSITE! IT WAS A PLEASURE MEETING YOU AT MY FOUR SEASONS STREETNAMING IN UNION NJ JUNE 2008. HOPE TO HAVE YOU AT A MEET AND GREET AT MY STORE ONE DAY SOON, YOUR FRIEND JIM PETRECCA YESTERDAYS TREASURES 1265 STUYVESANT AVE UNION NJ 07083 Map
Wonderful wonderful “Short Shorts” is my time of the season. Learning to shave!!!! Wow!! back then life seemed very simple. And your sound remains FRESH to the mind. Those were the days, and the sound shall continue along the grassroots of America.
Enjoyed the New Site Tom
Your group will be Fab!again,and again for all to enjoy!