He was an original member and founder of The Duprees.
Mike was born and raised in the heavily Italian-American neighborhood of Marion in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he was a street-corner doo-wopper. Mike's loud and deep baritone voice later helped create the group's smooth, distinctive sound, which was their interpretation of romantic ballads from the Big Band Era.
In the late 50ís, while attending Wm. L. Dickinson High School, he joined up with his friends and fellow classmates and formed a group called The Elgins. The quintet consisted of Joe Santollo, Gus Salerno, Joe Cataldo, Mike Amato and Mike Arnone. They disbanded around 1960. Mike Arnone and friend Joe Santollo decided to form another group and called themselves The Parisiens. The Parisiens consisted of Mike Arnone, Joe Santollo, John Salvato, Tom Bialoglow and Joey Canzano (later known as Joey Vann). In 1962 they were discovered by George Paxton and Marvin Cane, president and owner of Coed Records respectively. Paxton didnít like the name of the group so the group chose the new name of The Duprees.
The Duprees' legacy had become a lifetime vocation of Michael's.
After a long illness, Michael passed away at the age of 63 in October of 2005.
Thanks to his devotion to The Duprees and their music, his legacy will continue to live on.
He touched many with his song and although he will be sadly missed, he will forever be in our hearts.