Ron Dante’s Lost Singles- Forgotten Gems From The Voice Of The Archies!

Hi. As a huge Archies fan and avid record collector, I set out to find as many tracks as I could that featured the golden pop voice of Ron Dante. Many of you may know that in addition to the wonderful Archies catalog, Ron was also the voice of "Tracy" by The Cufflinks. Well, his pop music history goes much further and deeper than that. While researching his career on the internet a few years ago, I stumbled into a website called "Laura Pinto’s Ron Dante Fan Pages." This chick had written extensive articles on Dante, including a discography that blew me away! While I had found a few old singles at yard sales and flea markets, Laura had amassed a collection so thorough that she was providing the man himself with copies of his own lost songs! Well, after a few e-mail exchanges, Laura and I became friends and started to trade tracks and videos back and forth. While the CD that I’m offering at MONDO DADDYKIN does not give you everything from our collections, it is definitely the cream of the crop of the rarities. These 32 tracks are all compiled from Laura’s singles. She had me transfer them for her and Ron awhile back, and has graciously given me permission to post them. We tried to avoid songs that are available commercially or for download from Ron’s official site. Ron Dante’s work was often released under the name of a "ghost group" or a pseudonym. The CD starts with his very first record, Ronnie Dante’s "Little Lollipop" from 1963! Laura Pinto also runs several other awesome sites dedicated to bubblegum music and classic oldies, and contributes invaluable articles to the pop community on a regular basis. Laura, bless you for sharing your collection with us. Hopefully, this will give our readers a new appreciation of the pop giant that is Ron Dante. I am sharing mp3’s of many of these rarities at my blog, Check it out!! daddykin

5 thoughts on “Ron Dante’s Lost Singles- Forgotten Gems From The Voice Of The Archies!”

  1. Back in ’81 Filmation produced the “Kid Super Power Hour- with Shazam.” It featured a cartoon called “Hero High”. These were teenage superheroes at a high school. Similar to Disney’s recent “Sky High” feature. Rumor has it, that Filmation really had planned for the heroes to be Archie and his gang, as heroes. They have been superheroes in certain Archie comics of the past. So, word has it, Filmation ran into a legal snag, and had to create their own teen heroes. It was a lame show, but the kids were a band. They had live-action counterparts, and sang a song each episode, as well as the theme song. I’m wondering if anyone has any info on this series from Filmation at all?

    Great site…

    “First it’s a candy, then it’s a gum…”

  2. Hi. I remember “Hero High,” but only as many details as you’ve already mentioned. While I have old videotapes of the “Shazam!” segments, I don’t have any material at all on “Hero High.” As I collect bubblegum-related cartoons, I am searching for videos of the show. If and when I acquire the series, I will cull out the songs from the audio and create a CD as I did with The Chan Clan, The Impossibles, and Partridge Family 2200 AD. Thanks for bringing the show back to my memory, as I will now attempt to track it down.

    Take care,

  3. I have been trying to get Ron’s songs for years,do you think that you can post them again,I’d be forever grateful,
    Your Bear friend,

  4. I visited your blog to download Ron Dante’s Lost Singles and I didn’t see anything there. Is there anyway that I can download these rare lost singles (forgotten gems) that you offered?

    Thank you,

    [editrix’ note: sorry, Keith, you must have followed an old link to those downloads. We host a few bloggers on this site, and sometimes they change the content in their blogs after it goes online. Such is the way of the web. Keep looking, and hopefully you will find another source!]

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