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The Chimes Once in a While

The Chimes Once in a While

Doo Wop Groups

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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