One of the great doo wop oldies classics and top doo wop songs of all time is “Little Star” by The Elegants. It has great vocal harmonies and those characteristic doo wop style nonsense syllables galore.
“Little Star” was written by group members Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa. The song is based on the nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star” and was a million seller for The Elegants, earning them an RIAA gold record. In 1958, the song went to #1 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B Chart. It went to #25 in the U.K. There have been a number of covers, including those by Dion, Randy & the Rainbows, The Slades, Linda Scott, Vera Lynn, and Bobby Vee.
The Elegants formed in 1958 in New York City, and consisted of Picone and Venosa as well as Frank Tardogno, Carmen Romano, and James Moschella. They adopted the name The Elegants after a member saw a billboard ad for Schenley’s Whiskey, which claimed it was the “liquor of elegance.” There have been personnel changes over the years, but this doo wop group continues to tour and perform.