Joe "Terry" Terranova, Former Danny & The Juniors Singer Dies Aged 78

News by Joey Jordan Published on 18 Apr,2019

Renowned Danny & The Juniors Frontman Joe 'Terry' Terranova Dies At 78

  • Former Danny & the Juniors frontman Joe 'Terry' Terranova died on Monday, 15th April.
  • He was 78 years old.
  • His childhood friend and former bandmate Frank Maffei revealed his death.
  • He is survived by his ex-wife, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Joe 'Terry' Terranova, longtime Danny & The Juniors frontman has died. The former Philadelphia street-corner singer died on Monday, 15th April at his home in Williamstown due to natural causes.

Frank Maffei, his former groupmate announced his death. Mr. Terry, who got his start on a West Philly corner in the early 50s, formed a doo-wop group the Juvenaires in 1955 with three other neighborhood teens. They later changed their group's name to Danny & the Juniors.

CAPTION: Singer Joe "Terry" Terranova died SOURCE: KYW Newsradio

Maffei, his childhood friend, and former bandmate recalled their days and said:

We used to sing in school, in electric shop, when we were doing bell wire and stuff like that. The teacher would say, 'You better learn how to run those wires. ...You sure aren't going to make a living singing.

Maffei further said of their teacher with a bit of laughter: "He was wrong." Their group moved from the street-corners to the studio after they met fellow performer Johnny Madara and producer Artie Singer.

They subsequently recorded "At the Bop" which was later changed to "At the Hop" and released as their first single and over 7,000 copies of the song were sold in Philadelphia in one week. The single brought the group in the national level as it hit the #1 position in the national charts and remained there for seven weeks straight.

One of their initial band members, White left the group in 1960 and they continued their group with only three members. Later in 1983, another member Rapp died. After his death, the group continued touring for the next few decades where Mr. Terranova served lead vocalist along with  Maffei and his brother Bobby.

CAPTION: Singer Joe "Terry" Terranova with other Danny and the Juniors members SOURCE: East Coast Music Hall of Fame

Maffei reminisced of Mr. Terry: "Terry was smart. He could always get us to work. We worked all over the world." The group toured through Europe, America, and Asia where they performed with the singing legends like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly.

Late singer Mr. Terranova is survived by his ex-wife Joyce Mancini, children Joseph, Victoria, Raymond, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren and a sister.