The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. Starting out in the early sixties, in Jersey City, New Jersey, The Duprees were discovered by George Paxton of Coed Records and former big band leader. Impressed with their smooth vocal quality, he had them record Jo Stafford's 1950's ballad "You Belong To Me" with Big Band arrangements. It was an instant national hit and the group's first Million Seller. The unmistakable sound was born and the hits kept coming:
1962 You Belong To Me · 1962 My Own True Love · 1963 Gone With The Wind · 1963 Take Me As I Am · 1963 Why Don't You Believe Me · 1963 Have You Heard · 1963 Love Eyes · 1963 It's No Sin · 1963 The Sand And The Sea · 1964 It Isn't Fair · 1966 Let Them Talk · 1966 Exodus
Tommy's dynamic vocals are the true essence of what has always been the "heart, soul, and voice" of the Duprees.
As leader and emcee for the Duprees, Tony's charismatic personality lights up every performance.
Jimmy, the consummate professional, brings an energetic presence to the stage that is unsurpassed.
Phil has one of the most unique voices in the business. His Jackie Wilson Medley is always a show-stopper.
Along with their unique sound and outstanding vocal harmonies, The Duprees perform with showmanship that is individually and collectively, second to none. Thousands of fans around the globe are captivated with their wonderful mixture of romance, energy, and fun. When The Duprees take the stage, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained.
Tragedy struck with the passing of 3 original members:
Joe Santollo, June 4, 1981
Joey (Canzano) Vann, February 28, 1984
Michael J. Arnone, October, 2005
It was often said that Joe Santollo, being such a good friend to all members and a dedicated person, was "the glue that kept the group together for so many years".
July 23, 1943 - June 4, 1981
Joseph Canzano aka Joey Vann,
also known as "Chubby," had quite a unique style. Joey was the original lead singer for The Duprees.
Mike was The Duprees lead singer from 1965 through 1977 when he formally left the group.
April 19, 1943 - August 8, 2012
He recorded the original demos that producer George Paxton from Coed Records heard and later released The Duprees' first hit record, "You Belong to Me." He later came back in 1965 replacing lead singer Joey (Vann) Canzano after Joey left to launch his own solo career.