The first number one single of 1958 was also the number one single of the year as “AT The Hop” by Danny & The Juniors topped all three BILLBOARD Magazine Singles Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 1/6/58 – 5 Weeks At Number One.
Most Played By DJ’s Chart – 1/27/58 – 3 Weeks At Number One.
Billboard Top 100 – 1/6/58 – 7 Weeks At Number One.
Danny Rapp, lead singer, and Dave White, Frank Maffei, and Joe Terranova began singing together on street corners while in high school. White co-wrote a song called “Do The Bop” and while Dick Clark liked the tune, he suggested they change the title since the bop was on the way out. It was good advice as “At The Hop” soared to the top of the charts.
They placed nine singles on the charts, 1958-1963, but their only other major hit was “Rock n Roll Is Here To Stay,” which was in response to the criticism that rock and roll had been enduring.
The group split shortly after their hits ran out. Rapp took his own life in 1983. The other three original members with new lead singer Bill Carlucci reformed the group in 1971 and continue to tour together.