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THE CRITTERS
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The Critters were a successful American pop group with several hits in the 1960s. The group formed in New Jersey in 1964 when singer-guitarist Don Ciccone and saxophonist Bob Podstawski joined local group the Vibratones. They named themselves The Critters in emulation of similar band names like The Animals. Originally signed to Musicor Records by Jimmy Radcliffe, who also produced their first release "Georgianna" backed with "I'm Gonna Give" in 1964 they eventually signed with Kapp Records, and, in 1964, recorded John Sebastian's song "Younger Girl" for their first release. The song was selected for the band by Kapp producer Artie Ripp. However, because Ciccone, Ryan and Podstawski were then all accepted at Villanova University, the record was not completed until late 1965. "Younger Girl" became a minor pop hit in early 1966, followed by Ciccone's song "Mr. Dieingly Sad". The group had their final chart hit with "Don't Let The Rain Fall Down On Me" in 1967. After recording several singles and one album, the original band split up when Podstawski, Ciccone and Decker joined the armed services, and Darway left for art college. Ryan and Gorka then attempted to maintain the group with new members for some time. Later, Ryan recorded and toured with Carly Simon before working as a studio guitarist. Ciccone joined Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and later toured with Tommy James and the Shondells. Gorka now owns "The Bitter End" pub in Greenwich Village (NY).

MEMBERS:

Jim Ryan - Guitar
Ken Gorka - Bass
Chris Darway replaced by Bob Spinella (1967) - Keyboards
Jack Decker replaced by Jeff Pelosi (1967) - Drums
Don Ciccone - Guitar, Vocals
Bob Podstawski - Saxophone

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A Moment Of Being With You
Good Morning Shunshine
Japan
Project HIT-1496
Value: 75

A Moment Of Being With You / Good Morning Shunshine
Touch'n Go / Younger Generation
Portugal
Project Total Sound EP-37-1
Value: 50

Bad Misunderstanding
Forever Or No More
Brazil
Mocambo Kapp 1.208
Value: 15

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Forever Or No More
Holland
Kapp K-793
Value: 15

Don't Let The Rain Fall Down On Me
Walk Like A Man Again
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Kapp K-838
Value: 25

Don't Let The Rain Fall Down On Me
Walk Like A Man Again
Italy
Kapp LI 127
Value: 20

Don't Let The Rain Fall Down On Me
Walk Like A Man Again
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Value: 35

Don't Let The Rain Fall Down On Me / Walk Like A Man Again
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Brazil
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Value: 20

Good Morning Sunshine
A Moment Of Being With You
USA
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Heart Of Love, Heart Of Stone / Children And Flowers
Little Girl / He'll Make You Cry
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Kapp KEV 13028
Value: 60

Marryin' Kind Of Love
New York Bound
Denmark
Kapp K 2127
Value: 30

Marryin' Kind Of Love
New York Bound
Holland
Kapp K-805
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Marryin' Kind Of Love
New York Bound
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Kapp 45.151-A
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Mr Diengly Sad
It Just Won't Be That Way
Brazil
Mocambo Kapp 1.197
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Mr Diengly Sad
It Just Won't Be That Way
Denmark
KAPP K 2122
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Mr Diengly Sad
It Just Won't Be That Way
Germany
Kapp DV 14569
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Mr Diengly Sad
It Just Won't Be That Way
Holland
Kapp K-769
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Mr Diengly Sad
It Just Won't Be That Way
Japan
Kapp KR-1614
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Mr Diengly Sad
It Just Won't Be That Way
USA
Kapp K-769
Value: 10

Mr Diengly Sad / Best Love You'll Ever Have
Everything But Time / Younger Girl
France
Kapp KEV 12031
Value: 80

Touch'n Go
Younger Generation
Japan
Project HIT-1538
Value: 65

Younger Girl
Gone For Awhile
Brazil
Mocambo Kapp 1.144
Value: 20

Younger Girl
Gone For Awhile
Denmark
Kapp K 2120
Value: 25

Younger Girl
Gone For Awhile
Germany
Kapp DV 14550
Value: 30

Younger Girl
Gone For Awhile
Holland
Kapp K 752
Value: 15

Younger Girl
Gone For Awhile
Japan
Kapp KR-1549
Value: 100

Younger Girl
Gone For Awhile
Norway
Kapp K 2120
Value: 35

Younger Girl / It Just Won't Be That Way
Mr Diengly Sad / Everything But Time
Spain
Kapp 446-XC
Value: 50

Younger Girl / The Yardbirds
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick And Tich
Iran
TOP4 EX-4128
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