Providence, Rhode Island was home for Peter Andreoli and Vincent ‘Vini’ Poncia, Jr. Peter was attending Mount Pleasant High School when he took over lead vocal duties for the doo-wopping Videls (he would later shorten his surname to Anders). Poncia came in shortly thereafter as The Videls’ guitarist, vocalist, and musical director. The pop-slanted quintet made their 1959 vinyl debut with Place In My Heart b/w Be My Girl on building contractor Joe Criscione’s Rhody Records.
Anders and Poncia co-wrote Mister Lonely, The Videls’ 1960 offering on New York’s JDS Records. It made a #73 splash early that summer on ‘Billboard’s’ Hot 100 (Anders penned the B-side, I’ll Forget You). JDS next issued the quintet’s Now That Summer Is Here, another Anders/Poncia collaboration. Joe Sherman’s violin-enriched arrangement enhanced its innocent tone, perfect for lounging on a beach blanket (the duo also supplied the flip, She’s Not Coming Home). The Videls moved over to Kapp Records for a pair of ’61 singles, I’ll Keep On Waiting and A Letter From Ann. Pete and Vini hooked on at Hill & Range Music as writers before Phil Spector invited the duo to Los Angeles to toil as his collaborators. The pair later returned to New York and scored a 1965 hit as The Trade Winds with New York’s A Lonely Town on Red Bird Records.