The Five Discs were and continue to be one of the most prolific group harmony artists of all time, thrilling audiences through six decades! Starting in the mid fifties with some great original group harmony recordings, working their way into the sixties with more great neo-revival numbers and continuing through the 70's, 80's and 90's with even more great contemporary offerings, the Five Discs are a living doo-wop history lesson!
It would take pages to tell the whole story of the Five Discs. So lets focus on the four most important stages of the life of the Five Discs - the early 1950's years, the 1960's reformation and hit recordings, the 70's revival days and the recent activities. The Five Discs were a Brooklyn product. Coming out of the East New York part of the borough, the original group formed in 1954. Originally know as the Lovenotes, the six-man group had as its lead singer Mario deAndrade. Mario would go on to be the heart and soul of the Five Discs. Mario was black and Portuguese and when the Lovenotes broke up he took bass singer Andy Jackson and joined up with four white neighborhood kids to form the group - Joe Barsalona, Paul Albano, Tony Basile, and Joe Brocco. The original name for the new group was the Flames with Mario on lead, Albano as first tenor, Basile as second tenor, Barsalona on baritone, and Andy Jackson on bass.