Quartet most famous for being picked for a contract by England's Decca Records in early 1962 in place of the Beatles
. They actually started long before the Beatles
, but it wasn't until after the Liverpool quartet hit that they saw any success in England or America. Their biggest British success was a version of the Contours
' "Do You Love Me," but the hottest number on their first album was a searing (by British standards) rendition of "I Want Candy," later popularized by the Strangeloves
, whose Bo Diddley
-based beat, Bob Porter and company handled with admirable style. Poole
later faded into obscurity, while the Tremeloes
achieved success on their own.