The Secrets were a girl group quartet with a style very similar to that of The Angels that became famous during the early 1960s. They are best remembered for the catchy "The Boy Next Door" (1963).
Formed in Cleveland, Ohio, The Secrets consisted of Jackie Allen, Karen Gray, and Carole Raymont (d. June 16, 2010), who had all attended Shaw High School, and Patty Miller, who went to Eastlake North High School and joined the group after the four graduated in 1961. While performing locally with The Starfires (later The Outsiders of "Time Won't Let Me" fame), they were discovered by talent scout Redda Robbins who offered the group a contract. The Secrets then met with the songwriting duo, John Madara and David White, who arranged to have them record one of their songs, "The Boy Next Door," on Philips Records.
The Secrets made their debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1963 with "The Boy Next Door," which became a Top 20 hit and the group's signature song. This smash was followed by "Hey Big Boy" (1964), which became a minor hit and The Secrets' final chart entry. After their success with "The Boy Next Door," The Secrets continued performing for several more years before disbanding. Originally scheduled to appear on American Bandstand November 23, 1963, the group arrived to Philadelphia the day before only to learn that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. The Secrets made their appearance on that program in January 1964, and later that year, they opened a show for The Dave Clark Five. In the early 1990s, the foursome reunited to perform at their 30th high school reunion. They reunited again in the early 2000s for a "Pride Of Cleveland Past" Concert at the Parmatown Rib Burnoff.
- The Akron Beach Journal (Ohio.com) remembers Carole Raymont McGoldrick of The Secrets.
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- The Boy Next Door 1963
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