Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Leboeuf Brothers on Chroma

Leboeuf Brothers
Accompanied by Sammy Speno Combo

Chroma 1002

10823 - Tell Me Baby CLIP
10824 - From The Frying Pan CLIP


The music intro and backing of "Tell Me Baby" sounds like a soundtrack of one of these old grandiose movie blockbusters (think Cecil B. DeMille) taking place in ancien Egypt or in Rome. The vocals are reminiscent of the contemporary Everly Brothers.

Located in Auburn, New York, the Chroma label was owned by Frank Mucedola and Fred Mammoliti. Five singles were released between 1962 and 1965, all pressed by Rite Records.

Chroma label discography

Frank Mucedola [1921-2007]

Frank was born in San Severo, Foggia, Italy, May 21, 1921, but lived most of his life in Auburn, New York. Frank Mucedola was an Army veteran of World War II having served with the 304th Infantry Regiment of the 76th Division as part of General Patton’s Third Army that fought through France, Luxembourg and Germany.

He owned his own accordion school in Auburn since 1945. For many years, Frank toured Auburn and central New-York playing with the Sammy Speno Orchestra. Frank Mucedola has been a permanent fixture on the music scene in the Central New York area for many years playing in various dance bands and, when the musical score required, filled the accordion chair with various symphony orchestras. He has been touring with the world-renowned Mantovani Orchestra, as their accordionist, since 1985 in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia and Singapore.

He composed many pieces of music for the accordion. The most famous was the « Fox and the Hound », which is played throughout the world.

He died in March 2007.

Fred G. Mammoliti [1915-2010]

Musician and composer Fred G. Mammoliti was born in January 1915 in Seneca Falls, NY, a son of Cosimo and Verernada Brancatisano Mammoliti. He lived in Watertown as a young child and then moved to Auburn. Learning first to play the violin with his family, he later took up guitar and piano. As a young man he started his professional career playing with bands part time until 1947 when he moved to California and soon became a full time solo musician with the stage name of Freddie George. During the 1950's he worked as an entertainer in Central New York and the Los Angeles area.

During the 1960's and 1970's he also operated the George Mammoliti School of Music on Genesee St. in Auburn. In 1980 he retired to Florida .Later he began playing regularly at the Sleepy Hollow and other area establishments. In 2009 he created a music video, Ode to President Obama, which was posted on YouTube and featured on Miami television news.

Fred Mammoliti, 95, passed away April 12, 2010 at University Hospital in Tamarac, Fl.


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