born on 22/8/1945 in Staten Island, NY, United States
- Not to be confused with hypnotist Ronald Pellar, aka Ronald Dante or Dr. Dante.
Ron Dante (born Carmine Granito on August 22, 1945, in Staten Island, New York) is an American singer, songwriter, session vocalist, and record producer. Dante is best known as the lead singer for the fictional cartoon band, The Archies, as well as the one-hit wonder group The Cuff Links. He is also well known as the Co-Producer of Barry Manilow's first nine albums.
The Archies single "Sugar, Sugar", written by producer Jeff Barry with Andy Kim, was the number-one selling record of 1969 in the United States. Four years earlier, Dante was a member of the parody group The Detergents, who recorded a novelty song called "Leader of the Laundromat". Concurrent with his work on the Archies project, Dante was also employed as a session singer and performed many television and commercial jingles.
In 1969, Dante recorded an album under the group name of The Cuff Links, for his old Detergents songwriter-producers Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss. Providing both lead and background vocals through overdubbing (as he did with most of the male Archies' vocals) Dante hit the U.S. Top Ten with the single "Tracy," at the same time that "Sugar, Sugar" occupied the top of the chart. Dante was anonymous on both tracks. Contrary to popular belief, the lead verses of another Archies single, "Jingle Jangle" (portrayed as being sung by either Betty or Veronica), were not sung by a female vocalist, but rather by Dante using falsetto vocals.
Dante's first album release under his own name, on Don Kirshner's label, was Ron Dante Brings You Up in 1970. In 1972, also under the supervision of Kirshner, Dante became lead vocalist for another cartoon group, The Chan Clan. In 1979, he recorded a disco album under the name Dante's Inferno for the short lived Infinity Records label, and in 1981 his second solo album Street Angel was released. Also in 1979, Dante performed the theme to the short-lived NBC television series $weepstake$: "Don't Be Afraid To Dream", written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox.
From 1973 to 1981, Dante was the record producer for singer Barry Manilow, and often sang backup on Manilow's recordings, including the 1974 #1 single "Mandy." Dante also continued to record sporadically during those years; in 1975, with Manilow as the producer, Dante released a dance version of "Sugar, Sugar" under his own name. In 1978, Dante produced the Tony Award-winning musical revue Ain't Misbehavin' on Broadway. During this same period, Dante, who was a Manhattan neighbor of George Plimpton, was invited to serve as the publisher of the Paris Review (197885).
Dante remains active as a singer, producer, and concert performer. An album, Favorites, was released in 1999, and another CD, Saturday Night Blast, was issued in 2004. The extended play California Weekend CD was released in 2006.
Dante's most recent high-profile appearance was with the CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 28, 2010.
- Tony Burrows
- Interview With Ron Dante. allbutforgottenoldies.net (2004). Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
- Lyden, Jacki (August 24, 2003). George Plimpton and 'The Paris Review'. NPR. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
- Ron Dante Online
- Ron Dante at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ron Dante at the Internet Movie Database
- Ron Dante interview on WFMU