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Sophomore slump from mid-70s pop makers

The DeFranco Family – a family act from Ontario, Canada – had several hits and a terrific run in ‘70s teen magazines. The fuss was centered on the super-cute Tony DeFranco, whose 13-year-old voice was complemented by his brothers’ and sisters’ harmony vocals, yielding a sound akin to the Partridge Family fronted by Donny Osmond. What made the records work were lyrics that Tony could croon convincingly to pre-teen girls, bubblegum hooks and sophisticated arrangements by writer/producer Walt Meskell. The group’s second (and final) album features their third (and final) hit, a cover of the Drifters’ “Save the Last Dance for Me.” It’s the best track on the album, though Tony’s slightly funky take on Dr. John’s “Poor Boy” isn’t bad. Tony’s voice still sounds fresh and young, but the arrangements are heavier, and the sweet bubblegum sounds were exchanged for MOR ballads and overcooked Vegas-styled horn-rock. There’s very little here that measures up to the radio hooks of “Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat” and “Abra-Ca-Dabra.” Even the love letter to Tony’s pre-teen fans, “I Guess You Already Knew,” hasn’t the craft of similar sentiments on the debut; apparently the DeFranco’s producer/songwriters had only one album of top-notch material. If you’re new to the DeFranco’s catalog, start with their debut, Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat, and come back to this when need to complete your connection with Tony. 2-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]


Formed: 1972 in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s

With their youthful exuberance and lighthearted approach to pop, the DeFranco Family was one of the most successful pop groups of the 1970s. Their debut 1973 single, "Heartbeat, It's a Lovebeat," featuring the lead vocals of then-13-year-old Tony DeFranco, reached number three on the Billboard charts, the top slot on the Cashbox singles chart, and sold more than two million copies. Their second single, "Abra-Ca-Dabra," which reached the Top 40, was followed by their final hit, "Save the Last Dance...
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Save the Last Dance for Me (feat. Tony DeFranco), The DeFranco Family
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  • Genres: Pop, Music, Teen Pop
  • Released: 1974

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