a brief history
and the Essentials began when band member, Peter
Torres, first heard lead singer, Billy Carlucci, singing in
front of their high school in Southwest Philly. He sounded
just like Frankie Lymon, Torres recalled. Torres invited
Carlucci to join him and two other friends, Mike Lenihan and
John Caulfield, and the band was born.
In 1962, the group recorded for Madara/White such hit songs
as Maybe Youll Be There, Over The
Weekend, and The Dance Is Over." The
group also recorded "Babalu's Wedding Day" and Billy
Carlucci also recorded on his own several hits with Dawn.
The group appeared with such performers as Bobby Rydell,
Fabian, Dee Dee Sharp, Neil Diamond and others.