The bongos

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The Bongos around 1985 at Compass Point Studios, Bahamas. Photo: Emil Schult

The Bongos are a 1980s power pop band from Hoboken, New Jersey . They have been recurring sporadically since 2006.


The bongos emerged from the band "a", to which Richard Barone (guitar, vocals), Rob Norris (bass), Frank Giannini (drums) and Glenn Morrow (guitar, vocals, saxophone, keyboards) belonged. Without Morrow, who had other projects, the Bongos made their first recordings as a trio in 1980. After the first album, James Mastro (guitar) joined the band as a fourth member.

The band performed in Hoboken and New York City and toured first in Europe and then in the States. Her first album, Drums Along the Hudson (1982), received good reviews. The single Mambo Sun , a T. Rex cover, reached number 22 on the Billboard Dance Charts.

In 1987 the band broke up after further publications and many concerts, the individual band members began solo projects or played in other bands.

In 2006, the three original members of the Bongos got together again to compile bonus material for a reissue of Drums Along the Hudson , which was released in 2007. Her long-time fan Moby was part of the party . In a few appearances, the fourth man came back in 2007. Since then, the band has performed sporadically again and again.

In 2007 Richard Barone published his memoir Frontman: Surviving the Rock Star Myth . In 2013 the album Phantom Train was released , before its completion the band split up in 1987.


  • 1980: The Bongos (EP, Fetish Records)
  • 1982: Drums Along the Hudson (PVC Records; reissued in 2007 by Cooking Vinyl and 2014 by Jem Records)
  • 1982: Time and the River (Fetish Records)
  • 1983: Numbers With Wings (EP, RCA Records )
  • 1985: Beat Hotel (RCA Records)
  • 2013: Phantom Train (Jem Records)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Allmusic, see web links (English)
  2. The Bongos on (English)