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Academics

Formed: 1956 - Disbanded: 1961

Personnel:
Dave Fisher (lead), Bill (Billy) Greenburg (tenor), Marty Cantor (2d tenor),
Ronnie Marone (baritone), and Richie “Goose” Greenberg (bass)


In 1956, a white group called the Academics all went to Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. New Haven attorney, Joel Alderman, who was also a news reporter at radio station WELI-AM in New Haven liked their sound and agreed to manage them. Alderman also managed the Starlarks (an all black group also from New Haven, CT that he had recorded on his own Elm label. Alderman brought the Academics to WELI disc jockey Carl Loucks who was impressed with their sound and encouraged them to record. They were taken in to the studios of WELI to record two songs that Marty Ganter had written – “Too Good to be True” b/w “Heavenly Love”. The songs were released on a new label Joel Alderman formed called Anchor Records.

Because another organization in New Jersey had its own "Anchor" label prior to Alderman's Anchor, the Anchor records were pulled and the label was either changed to "Ancho" or, as some stories have it, the Ancho discs were attributed to a printing error.

Thanks to Carl Loucks and Jim Gallant, host of a daily TV show called Connecticut Bandstand, “Too Good to be True” became the #1 record in New Haven.

Charlie Luth replaced Richie Greenburg in 1958 (Elmont) and in 1965, he joined the Frontiers (Philips). The Academics stopped recording and performing in 1961 due to a lack of interest. After the group broke up, Dave Fisher formed the Highwaymen in college and they later recorded "Michael." In the notes accompanying the Relic CD Lighter Shade of Doo Wop, Donn Filed shows the second tenor as Marty "Carter."

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Discography


  1. Ancho 101 - Too Good to Be True
    (Marty Ganter No Current Affiliations)
    BMI #1531045 - Angel Music Inc BMI #1007760 - 1957 - 2:20 (2:25)
    Ancho 101-B - Heavenly Love
    (Marty Ganter No Current Affiliations)
    BMI #550778 - Angel Music Inc BMI #1007760 - 1957 - 2:48 (2:50)


  2. Ancho 103 - Darla, My Darlin' Featuring: Ronnie Marone
    (Robert Jordan BMI #63150016 - J McDermott BMI #18894451)
    BMI #279131 - M-JA-729 - Greta Music - 1957 - 2:10 (2:20)
    Ancho 103 - At My Front Door
    (John C. Moore BMI #21372032 - Ewart G. Abner Jt. BMI #70759)
    BMI #62042 - 1957 - 2:38


  3. Elmont E-1001 - Drive-in Movie
    (Marty Ganter No Current Affiliations - William Greenbert BMI #40680403)
    BMI #345802 - H & K Music Co., Inc. - August 1958 - 2:28
    Elmont E-1002 - Something Cool Featuring: Dave Fisher
    (Dave Fisher BMI #10303756 - Charlie Luth No Current Affiliations)
    BMI #1377247 - H & K Music Co., Inc. - August 1958 - 1:54


  4. Relic 510-A - Too Good to Be True
    (Marty Ganter No Current Affiliations)
    BMI #1531045 - Angel Music Inc BMI #1007760 - 1963 - 2:20 (2:25)
    Relic 510-B - Heavenly Love
    (Marty Ganter No Current Affiliations)
    BMI #550778 - Angel Music Inc BMI #1007760 - 1963 - 2:48 (2:50)
    These Relic releases are reissues of Ancho 101 - Relic having obtain the masters in 1963 from Joel Alderman






Source:
Source: Joel Alderman in Rhythm and News 1
http://www.classicurbanharmony.net/Academics.htm
http://lulusko.www7.50megs.com/TIMESSQUARE/relicrecordsindex.htm
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