Billy Gallant & Related Groups

Roulettes (Brooklyn) – I See A Star (Lead Lillie Acosta)/ Come On Baby, ’58 (Champ 102)

 

The Singing Roulettes (Brooklyn) (Lead Lillie Acosta) – Hasten Jason/ Wouldn’t Be Goin [sic] Steady, ’59 (Scepter 1204)

 

Billy & The Patios – Love Is A Story/ You Name It, ’61 (Lite 9002)

 

Billy Gallant

– Scribbling On The Wall/ Thinking Hoping Wishing, ’61 (Dee*Dee 501) (* used/45cat.com comments)

– Thinking, Hoping, And Wishing/ If You’d Only Be My Love, ’62 (Goldisc G6)

 

2 thoughts on “Billy Gallant & Related Groups

  1. The lead of the Roulettes on “I See A Star” on Champ Records and “Hasten Jason” on Scepter Records was Lillie Acosta and not Billy Gallant (Galente). I realized this some 40 years ago when I listened to “Hasten Jason” and the words were something like this: “I got a guy his name is Jim, he likes to make the telephone ring – he calls all day, he calls all night – you should hear him call in the middle of the night.” I then played “I See A Star” and found it to be the same voice. For decades I told collectors this including Val Shively and all told me I was nuts.

    I spoke to Billy Gallant, about 7-8 years ago and he told me that he heard Lillie Acosta singing on the streets of lower Manhattan with the Crests and loved her voice ’cause he knew no one would be able to identify Lillie as a girl. The Crests let Billy have her for his group and she became the lead on their first two records as by the Roulettes.

    Theres alway been a bit of confusion over who wrote “Sweetest One” by the Crests on Joyce records. The label lists “Browne (Al) -Mastrangeo (Johnny) as the writers. Johnny Maestro, in an interview said he didn’t write it, but Billy Dawn Smith did. When I spoke to Billy Dawn Smith he said he didn’t write “Sweetest One.” So who did write it? I got the scoop from Billy Gallant just before he died. It was Billy Gallant (Galente) who wrote the song and he gave it to Al Browne for the Crests.

    • I listened to all sides on Champ and Scepter. A-side female lead (Lillie Acosta) and male (assume Billy Gallant (Galente) on Champ B-side. Female lead on both sides of Scepter (b-side sounds like Lillie Acosta). Thanks for this ‘fun’ story.

      Also, ’Sweetest One’ (Crests) writing mystery solved. Thanks.

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