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Reparata & The Delrons

Italian-American girl-group The Delrons formed in 1963 at St Brendon’s High School in Brooklyn, New York.

Their first single, Your Big Mistake (1964), was a flop, so the producer decided a catchier name was needed for the group. Lead singer Mary Aiese chose ‘Reparata’ after the nun who had presided at her confirmation.

The change did the trick, and their follow-up single, Whenever A Teenager Cries, reached #60 on the Billboard Hot 100.

By 1968, Reparata and The Delrons were on their third label and hadn’t charted for over three years.

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Then they released the poppy Captain Of Your Ship which fizzed in their native US but burst into the British charts.

The group were astounded to have a genuine hit across the Atlantic but thrilled to be able to visit the UK – to appear on Top Of The Pops and at a grand party in their honour at Mayfair’s swinging Revolution Club.

Captain Of Your Ship was the only British hit for Reparata and The Delrons, although Mary scored a minor solo hit in the UK in 1975 with Shoes.

She then left the music industry and became a teacher, eventually retiring to Rockaway Beach.

Mary “Reparata” Aiese
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Nanette Licari 

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Lorraine Mazzola 

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