According to the Decca Records publicity department, The Cuff Links were discovered by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, authors of such diverse pop perennials as Catch A Falling Star and Itsy Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini. The seven or nine member group (bios and photos never seem to agree on that figure) so impressed the impressors with their vocal counterpoint skills that the veteran songwriter/production team immediately wrote Tracy for them, resulting in an international smash.

True, the dense layering of vocals was an essential part of the Cuff Links sound, but the group was a complete fabrication. The voices all belonged to one man... superstar session singer Ron Dante. Vance and Pockriss had written and produced Dante's first Billboard chart hit in 1964 : Leader Of The Laundromat, released under the punishing moniker The Detergents. This raucous parody of The Shangri-La's US #1 hit Leader Of The Pack probably would have gone higher than it's #19 peak had The Shangri-La's label not threatened legal action.

Dante continued his session work, and in 1968 he auditioned for and was chosen to be the lead vocalist for The Archies. Soon the comic book characters were scaling the charts alomgside other bubblegum acts like 1910 Fruitgum Co. and Ohio Express... bands which, for all intents and purposes, existed solely in the recording studio. Vance and Pockriss were eager to cash in on the new phenomenon, and renewed their association with Ron.


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