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Dante, Ron (22nd December 1945-Present)

He is a singer-songwriter and record producer born Carmine Granito in Staten Island, New York who was the lead man in the parody group The Detergents and lead vocalist for the cartoon The Chan Clan.

In 1968 he became a member and lead vocalist of the cartoon group The Archies scoring charts hits with songs including “Bang-Shang-A-Lang ” and “Sugar Sugar“.  At the same time he was recording with The Archies he also recorded with The Cufflinks.  At the same time that “Sugar, Sugar” was No. 1 he also entered the Top 10 with The Cufflinks’  ” Tracy”.  He was anonymous on both songs.

He has also recorded under the name Dante’s Inferno and was a backing vocalist and producer for Barry Manilow from 1973 to 1981.  He received a Tony for his production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ on Broadway in 1978 and that same year he was he publisher of the Paris Review.  He received a Tony for his production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ on Broadway in 1978.  In 1982 he sung the theme song for TV sitcom Silver Spoons.

In the 1990s he released his album Favorites and in the 2000s he released Saturday Night Blast in 2004 and California Weekend in 2006.  In the 2010s he performed on the David Letterman Show in 2010 and in 2018 he joined The Turtles for their Happy Together tour.

The Archies recordings
Bang Shang-A-Lang (Jeff Barry )
Calendar 63-1006 WYKM 1087
Truck Driver (Jeff Barry )
Calendar 63-1006 WYKM 1083
Sugar Sugar (Andy Kim/Jeff Barry)
Calendar 63-1008 XYKM-3908

Here he is singing his “Let Me Bring You Up” in 1970….