WHO | Peter Andreoli [aka Peter Anders] and Vincent Poncia, Jr.

HOMETOWN | Providence

BIO | The duo first charted with the doo-wop group the Videls in 1960: "Mister Lonely" reached No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. They wrote songs that were recorded by Elvis Presley, the Ronettes, the Crystals, and Jackie Wilson. Biggest chart success [No. 32, 1965] came as the Trade Winds with "New York's a Lonely Town" ["when you're the only surfer boy around"]. In 1966 they became Innocence, and had their last Top 40 hit ["There's Got To Be a Word!"]. They went their separate ways in 1972; Poncia wrote Ringo Starr's "Oh My My" [No. 5, 1974] and Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" [No. 1, 1976], and produced top-selling records for Melissa Manchester and Kiss, while Anders's songs were done by Phoebe Snow, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Dion, and many more.

FUN FACT | Last chart appearance was a take on the nonsense novelty song "Mairzy Doats"

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