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The Reflections

Detroit-based the Reflections were a five-man group schooled in doo wop who scored in 1964 on Ed Wingate's Golden World label with "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet," written by Bob Hamilton and Freddie Gorman. (Gorman later wrote songs for Motown ("Please Mr. Postman" and "Forever") and formed the Originals, who hit with "Baby I'm for Real.") The Reflections were Phil Castrodale, Ray Steinberg, Tony Micale, Danny Bennie, and Johnny Dean. The group's first recording was a remake of the Five Satins' "In the Still of the Night" on Tigre, which did well in some Midwestern markets. Their Golden World debut, "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet," cracked the Top Ten before settling at the number six position. They recorded seven more 45s for Golden World, but none were as successful as "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet." "Like Columbus Did" cracked the pop 100, but only by four slots, hanging at number 96. "Poor Man's Son," the Reflections' sixth Golden World single, almost cracked the Top 40 but stopped climbing at number 55. Other singles -- "Talking About My Girl," "(I'm Just) A Henpecked Guy," "Shabby Little Hut," "Wheelin' and Dealin'," "Out of the Picture," and their final single, "Girl in the Candy Store" -- did nothing. Their producers insisted they use a hokey falsetto sound on their recordings that didn't bode well with the group members. Problems with Golden World resulted over both creative differences and royalties, so they opted to go with ABC Paramount when their contract time was up. Neither "Adam and Eve" or "Long Cigarette" did well though, so believing the name the Reflections hindered them, the group became High and the Mighty. They released "Escape From Cuba," written by Ritchie Adams and Larry Kusik, but it failed too. Despite a lack of success, they continued singing for years; members Micale and Dean still gigged around the Detroit area in a band called Larados. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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  1.   Song
  2.   (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet
  3.   What If
  4.   Ragtime Annie
  5.   Still, Still, Still
  6.   Jingle Bell Rock
  7.   The Old Spinning Wheel
  8.   Talkin' Bout My Girl
  9.   We Live
  10.   Vive le vent
  11.   Voici le Père Noël
  12.   The First Noel
  13.   Jingle Bells
  14.   Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto de Aranjuez
  15.   Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
  16.   Deck the Halls
  17.   In the Bleak Midwinter
  18.   Coventry Carol
  19.   Seamus O'brien's Waltz
  20.   Woodchopper's Medley
  21.   Jenny Lynne Polka
  22.   Cock of the North
  23.   Robert's Two Step
  24.   Banish Misfortune
  25.   The Frost Is All Over
  26.   St. Anne's
  27.   Alright
  28.   The Coroner & The Inquest
  29.   Falalalala
  30.   Poor Man's Son
  31.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  32.   Angels We Have Heard on High
  33.   You Don't Know (Like U Used To)
  34.   Brave
  35.   Next Thing You Know
  36.   Hallelujah
  37.   Mirror
  38.   (There's Gotta Be) More to Life
  39.   She's Like the Swallow
  40.   Minuit chretien
  41.   Danser autour du sapin vert
  42.   4 Countries
  43.   Lara's Theme
  44.   Little Burnt Potato
  45.   Simple Gifts/When Paddy O'malley Danced with the Swedish Maiden
  46.   Karelia
  47.   Gone
  48.   All Through the Night
  49.   Blessed Be Your Name
  50.   High Road to Linton
  51.   I Saw Three Ships
  52.   L'enfant au tambour
  53.   The Piper's Cave
  54.   I Wonder as I Wander
  55.   Petit garcon
  56.   Never Alone
  57.   Au royaume du bonhomme hiver
  58.   Carol of the Bells
  59.   Frosty the Snowman
  60.   Clap Your Hands
  61.   Like Columbus Did
  62.   Do You Hear What I Hear?
  63.   J'ai vu petite maman embrasser le Pere Noel
  64.   Shabby Little Hut
  65.   Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
  66.   Tightrope Walker
  67.   O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  68.   God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlmen
  69.   We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  70.   Redwing Medley
  71.   Beautiful Love
  72.   O Holy Night
  73.   It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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