"Little Star" was written by group members Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa. “Little Star” is based on the nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star” and was a million seller for The Elegants, earning them an RIAA gold record. In 1958, the song went to #1 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B Chart. It went to #25 in the U.K.
The Elegants formed in 1958 in New York City, and consisted of Picone and Venosa as well as Frank Tardogno, Carmen Romano, and James Moschella. They adopted the name The Elegants after a member saw a billboard ad for Schenley's Whiskey, which claimed it was the "liquor of elegance." There have been personnel changes over the years, but they continue to tour and perform.
This was the only hit for this Staten Island group. They adopted the name after a member saw a billboard ad for Schenley's Whiskey - the ad had the phrase "liquor of elegance."
Group members Arnold Venosa and Vito Picone came up with this by adapting Mozart's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" into a rock song.
This was the only #1 hit ever released by Apt Records.