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Dovells, The

The Dovells were an American vocal group, formed at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1957, under the name The Brooktones.

Their first single was No, No, No which was a minor local hit.

Summers and Dennis left the group, forming The Gems with Mark Stevens and Alan Horowitz in 1960, while the remaining Brooktones signed to the Chancellor record label and added Jerry Serlen and William Shunkwiler to the group, changing their name to The Dovells.


Their first hit was Bristol Stomp, a dance song, followed by the similar Do the New Continental. They appeared performing both songs in the Chubby Checker movie Don’t Knock The Twist in 1962.

The Dovells released a series of singles over the next few years, including You Can’t Sit Down, which became a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963.

Len Borisoff left the group in 1965 for a solo career under the name Len Barry. The high point of his solo career was 1-2-3 in 1965, which sold over 1.5 million copies in the US and 250,000 in the UK.


The Dovells continued as a trio and recorded as The Magistrates for MGM in 1968.

Arnie Silver
Mark Gordesky
Len Barry (Borisoff)
Jerry Gross
Mike Freda
Jim Mealey