The Tuneful Trolley

From: Long Island, NY, USA

This Long Island band were originally known as the Mark Of Quality, forming in the late 60s. Original members were high school classmates Tony Bordonaro (guitar, piano, organ, vocals), Brian Parks (bass, vocals), Jack Riolo (drums, vocals), Joey DeSane (vocals), Paul Conocenti (organ, piano, vocals), and Santo Ciccarello (guitar, vocals). The band got their big break while gigging around the Suffolk County area where they were discovered by Sandy Yaguda of Jay & The Americans. Yaguda got them a contract with Capitol and renamed them the Tuneful Trolley.

The Tuneful Trolley’s one and only LP, ‘Island In The Sky,” was released in late 1968 and was produced by Yaguda. There is a heavy Beatles influence throughout the record, including on the excellent ‘Written Charter,’ the highlight of the album. Unfortunately sales were poor prompting the band to split up soon after its release.

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From the 1968 album Island In The Sky

  • Written Charter