The Regents were a doo-wop group formed in the Bronx in 1959 and led by Guy Villari. Other members included Sal Cuomo, Chuck Fassert, Don Jacobucci, and Tony Gravagna. They are best remembered for the original version of "Barbara-Ann," a song written by Chuck Fassert's brother, Fred, for their sister of the same name.
The Regents debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1961 with "Barbara-Ann," which became a Top 10 hit and the group's signature song. Later that year, they charted with the Ernie Maresca-penned "Runaround," which became a Top 40 hit, and "Liar."
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- Barbara-Ann 1961
(This song later also became a hit for the Beach Boys (1966).)
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