Ernie Maresca – Do Wop Teen Idol and Songwriter Passes On in Florida

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

From the early days of 1958, until its demise in the 1990s, the name of Ernie Maresca was a major part of the story of Laurie Records. The Bronx-born Italian-American songwriter, singer, producer and sometime hitmaker started out hustling his demos to Dion as a teenager and ended up running the company's publishing arm. Ultimately, he brokered the sale of the catalogue to Capitol in 1992 on behalf of Laurie's founders Gene Schwartz, his brother Bob and Eliot Greenberg.

Ernie Maresca died in his South Florida home on Tuesday, July 8, 2015. Confirmation of his passing was not confirmed until Saturday, July 11, 2015. Details of his death are not available at this time.

Rob Durkee of Cashbox Magazine US had this to say,  “While Ernie Maresca was in the Top 40 Disappearing Acts shows that Casey Kasem counted down in 1973 and 1975, he wasn't a One-Hit Wonder as a songwriter. For instance, he co-wrote this #1 hit from 1961, “Runaround Sue” and #2 hit from 1962 “The Wanderer” – both hits for Dion and the Belmonts.Among the other hit songs Ernie co-wrote were "No One Knows" (for Dion and the Belmonts); "Party Girl" for Bernadette Carroll; plus "Lovers Who Wander" and "Donna The Prima Donna" for Dion.”

Ernie Maresca had only one hit record on his own. In 1962 “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) was a major chart topper for the kid from the Bronx.