17 June 1939, Pittston, Pennsylvania, USA. Granahan was associated with the 50s groups Dicky Doo and The Don’ts and The Fireflies and also recorded under his own name. Granahan started out as a disc jockey in his home-town before switching to a music career. At the age of 17 he began recording demos for Elvis Presley at the latter’s Gladys Music firm. He recorded an unreleased single under the name of Gerry Grant in 1957. The following year he co-wrote a song called “No Chemise, Please” and recorded it under his name for Sunbeam Records; it reached number 23 in the summer of 1958. That same year Granahan also reached the US charts as a member of the Fireflies, who just missed the top 20 with the ballad “You Were Mine”, on Ribbon Records. Gerry also led Dicky Doo and The Don’ts, a quintet, that charted five times on Swan Records, first and most notably with “Click Clack”, a novelty rock ‘n’ roll song Granahan co-wrote with Dave Alldred, ex-drummer of Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids. In later years Granahan became a producer for such artist as “Jay and the Americans”, “The Angels”, “Santo and Johnny”, “Linda Scott”, “Patty Duke”, and ran his own Caprice label, whose roster at one time included Linda Scott, The Angels, James Ray and Santo and Johnny (the latter actually signed to the related Canadian-American label). In the early 90s he was running his own GPG Studios based in Warwick Rhode Island. Currently Gerry and Charlie Quintal have teamed up to reform their production company from 1987 GRANAHAN – QUINTAL PRODUCTIONS
G Q Records
21 Knight Street
Fall River, Massachusetts 02723-2905
All cuts produced by Gerry Granahan
Includes photos of the original members of “The Fireflies” of 1957
(Gerry Granahan, Vinny Rodgers, and Lee Reynolds)
Remastered and Edited by Steve Massie, Franklin, TN.
Special thanks to Tom Cuddy, Stamford, CT.
Scott Shannon WPLJ and “The True Oldies Channel”