JERRY GROSS & MARK STEVENS - THE DOVELLS
The Dovells are best known for a handful of early-'60s dance hits, including
their biggest one "The Bristol Stomp" They went on to have four more dance hits, three of which charted in the Top 40. The Dovells originally formed in 1957 as the Brooktones, taking their name from
their high school, where each of the original members --
Jerry Gross, lead and first tenor, Len Barry, lead and tenor, Mike Freda
, second tenor, Arnie Silver, baritone, Jim
Mealey, bass and Mark Stevens, tenor -- attended
classes. Their first hit was "The Bristol Stomp", followed by the similar hit "Do the New Continental".
"Bristol Stomp" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a
gold disc.They appeared performing both songs in the Chubby Checker movie, "Don't Knock The Twist" in 1961. They released
a series of singles over the next few years. These included " You Can't Sit Down", a #3 hit in 1963. Len Barry left
in 1965 for a solo career. Gross and Stevens continue to perform nationally and internationally and have performed for former president Bill Clinton twice at inaugural balls.