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be know as the new guy in The Belmonts.
For over 40 years, The Syracuse native has handled
lead vocals for the legendary
doo - wop group out of the Bronx.
is joined with original members Fred Milano and
D’Aleo, who formed the group with Carlo
and first recorded in 1957, and Warren
who joined in 1962.
have plenty of recognizable hits. The Belmonts
“Tell Me Why” and “ Come on Little Angel” on
Billboard pop Top 40 in 1961 and ’62, respectively.
the highest-charting songs came before that. The
after a street in the Bronx—shot to
after Dion DiMucci came on as lead singer in
Dion and the Belmonts placed “A Teenager in
and “Where or When” in the top five in 1959
1960, before Dion split for a solo career.
Belmonts kept going, first with Frank Lyndon as
singer. “ I replaced Frank Lyndon. Who replaced
Elliott says with a smile
year was 1973, when Elliott was touring internationally
the male lead vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
heard about the opening with the Belmonts
passed the audition.
toured ever since—London and Tokyo—and
at Madison Square Garden. In 2002, Elliott was
with the Belmonts into the Doo-Wop Hall of
at Symphony Hall in Boston.
Belmonts perform about 20 gigs a year with Elliott
great. It’s a cool thing” says Elliott, who also performs
the Syracuse –based group The Monterays since
“I am the young guy in The Belmonts. They all live
New York City, and we make sure to do a gig in Florida
a resurgence” he says of the popularity of The
“ I can feel it since I’m getting more calls for
says The Belmonts, after all, are a big part of
and The Belmonts were the other band there for
day the music died’” Elliott says.” “They were on that
with Richie Valens, Big Bopper and Buddy Holly.
they were from New York, and the others were from
South.” So they took the tour bus instead of the ill-
plane that crashed, killing Holly, Valens and The Big
on Feb. 3, 1959
(from a Post Standard article by Mark Bialczak)