This quintet from Brooklyn formed in the early 1950s. Original members were Lenny Cocco, Pat DePrisco, Richard Mercado, Joseph Croce, and Pat MGuire. Their first single, which was a doo wop version of “Once in Awhile,” became a hit in 1961. It went to #11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Michael Edward and Bud Green and published in 1937. Tommy Dorsey’s recording in that year went to #1 in the U.S. There have been versions by Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Elkie Brooks, and Bing Crosby to name a few.
Over the years, The Chimes have had changes in membership. They have also gone by Lenny & The Chimes and Lenny Cocco and the Chimes. Lenny Cocco passed away in May, 2015.
Here are the lyrics to “Once in a While” by The Chimes:
“Once in awhile will you try to give one little thought to me
Though someone else maybe nearer your heart
Once in awhile will you dream of the moments I shared with you
Moments before we two drifted apart
In love’s smoldering ember one spark may remain
If love still can remember, the spark may burn again
And I know that I’ll be contented with yesterday’s memory
Knowing you’ll think of me once in awhile”
For another doo wop arrangement of a Big Band song: “You Belong to Me” by The Duprees.
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