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The Chimes (later Lenny Cocco & the Chimes) were an American doo wop group from Brooklyn.

The group came together under the direction of lead singer Lenny Cocco in the mid-1950s. Their first single was a version of "Once in a While"—a 1937 hit for Tommy Dorsey—released on Tag Records. The song became a hit in the U.S., peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1961. The follow-up single was "I'm in the Mood for Love", a song from the 1930s. This hit #38 later that year. In 1962, they began recording as Lenny & the Chimes, and moved to Metro Records and then to Laurie Records in 1963. In 1964, they released the single "Two Times" on Vee-Jay, but broke up shortly after.

In subsequent decades they have re-formed for the doo-wop revival circuit, usually under the name Lenny Cocco and the Chimes.



  • Lenny Cocco - originator, lead singer and founder, born Leonard Cocco in Brooklyn in 1936; died on May 8, 2015, in Holbrook, at age 78[1]
  • Pat DePrisco - first tenor
  • Richard Mercado - second tenor; died October 12, 2015
  • Joseph Croce - baritone; died 1993 approx
  • Pat McGuire - bass; died 1963, car accident[2]




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  2. ^ "The Dead Rock Stars Club". Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "". The Chimes Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2012-10-18.

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