category-Legend vocal group / acapella 
Bonaires 1965 to 1979 

Visit the Bon-Aires on Facebook

Dennis Diamond
Bon-Aires member 1960 - 1965
1942 - 2012

Dennis Bruce Diamond, 69, died suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at AtlanticCare Medical Center, Atlantic City, NJ. Dennis was a loving and deeply devoted grandfather to Luke Roman of Ocean, NJ and Craig, Leah and Ian Wolsten of East Brunswick, NJ. Dennis was a dedicated and devoted father to Hally Roman of Ocean, NJ and Stacey Wolsten of New Smyrna Beach, FL and his sons-in-law, Richard Roman and Dave Zagury. He was a loving brother to Carol and Tony Battaglia of Smithville, NJ. He also leaves behind Judy Diamond of Manchester, NJ, his loving friend and lifetime companion. Dennis was also a loving uncle to Jennifer, Ryan and Joe Coviello of Galloway, NJ and Todd Battaglia of Ohio. Dennis also leaves behind numerous other loving nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Dennis graduated from Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Dennis had a true love for teaching and counseling and had a deep passion for music. He was a talented musician and member of the Bonaires, an acappella/doo-wop group in the 60's. Next to his deep love of his grandkids, family and friends, was his love for the New York Giants! Dennis had a kind and generous heart and was always happy to lend a hand, help others, love unconditionally and take one for the team. He will be painfully missed but his spirit will live on in everyone he touched.

The Bon-Aires first CD has been SOLD OUT!

Please go to:
Street Corner Harmony dot Com
 for info on our 2nd release in 2012

Click HERE for some of the Bon-Aire  songs..


The Princetones
click HERE


Now you can hear the Songs of the 'Bon-Aires', click HERE. Please take the time to review this site and meet the group, then enjoy our music.

****click for the DOO-WOP Jukebox*****
rare and GREAT Doo-Wops

To hear the Bon-Aires - Click HERE

Click for New York, New York Forecast

Columbia, Rust/Laurie, Catamount and Flamingo recording Artists - (1960-1985)
to hear or songs click here

click on picture for full view'


Dennis Diamond, Scotty McLearie, Mike Paladino and George Lavatelli

"My Love, My Love", "Jeanne Baby", "Bye, Bye", "The Shrine of St. Celia", "Blue Beat", "Driving Alone", "Angel of Love". All songs on the Rust Record label, produced by Neil Levinson ("Denise") and Steve Duboff.

This photo was taken in Nov. 22, 1963 (remember that date?), the show had to go on. The Fountain Lounge, was a popular Nite Club in Northern New Jersey, close to Manhattan, New York City.

Scotty and George were members of the 'Shades', out of Englewood, N.J., before joining the "Bon-Aires". Since I mentioned Englewood, hello to the 'Avons', our friends from long ago.

The "Bon-Aires", were originally called "the Difference". The "Difference" auditioned for Bob Hilliard, a prolific song writer, Broadway and Pop, from Leonia, NJ. He wrote all the Ruby and the Romantics songs. He wanted to give us, "Young Wings Can Fly". We sang over the phone, at his house, to his partner in NY. His partner said we were unknowns and gave the song to Ruby. Bob paid for our 1st demo album and introduced us to Neil Levinson and Steve Duboff. The Name Bon-Aire was given to the group by Steve Venet, an A&R man at Columbia Records. He also arrainged "My Love, My Love". They had picked "My Love, My Love" for us, which was the flip side of "Have You Heard", by Joni James. The Duprees took "Have You Heard" and we got "My Love, My Love". The Duprees' recording came out 3 months before the Bon-Aires. The Bon-Aires recieved bullets in Cash Box and Billboard Magazines. "My Love, My Love" was Pick Hit of the Week on WINS-AM NY. Then came the Beatles!!!!!

Palisades Amusement Park

to hear our songs, click here

click on  picture for full view
     the "Bon-Aires"

Performing at the Palisades Amusement Park, Cliffside Park, N.J. 1965

bcard.JPG (13342 bytes)

Today, Dennis is a Phycologist, living in South Jersey. Scotty left the group in 1965 to work in Dearborn, Mich. at Ford Motor Co., he retired in 1996. I retired from the Palisades Park Police Dept. in Bergen County, N.J., in 1994, now living in South Texas and George, owns the Relic Record Shop in Hackensack, N.J. and lives in Northen New Jersey.

to hear our songs, click here

bonair3.GIF (105571 bytes)

photo by George Scott

click on photo to enlarge

the later "Bon-Aires" (1965-1979)

Performing at the New York Academy of Music, New York City, 1973

Mike Paladino, Dennis Ostrom, Richie Burns, Kenny Fleming and George Lavatelli

Today, Dennis Ostrom is working with Vito, of Vito and the Salutations, at Vito's tape reproducing company, Dennis, for all you collectors out there, was the Blue Sky Boys, on Blue Sky Records, he did all the harmony parts, tremendous stuff!! Richie Burns is living in South Jersey and Kenny Fleming is living in Palisades Park, N.J.

"My Hearts Desire", "The New Me", produced by Stan Krause and Skip Jackson of (the Shantons, "The Christmas Song", in my opinion, the the best version of that song, ever recorded. Skip was a GREAT talent, he died in the middle 1970's and will always be missed.)

"What Did She Use", "At Nite", The Angels Sang", " Blue Velvet", produced by George Lavatelli.



to hear the 'Princetones', click here

Pete and Mike 1995

Tommy and Mike
March, 2002

Larry and Mike
June, 2002

the "Princetones" (1957-1961)
(l-r) Larry Williams, Peter Prince, Tom Ruggeri and Mike Paladino

Mike and Pete 1995

Picture of me and Pete Prince, lead singer of the Princetones and co-writer of "Guardian Angel". Picture taken in 1995. We were doing a live interview on KONO-FM, in San Antonio, Texas. 'Wild' Bill Rielly's, Low and Slow Crusin' Show.

On March 15, 2002

Tom and Mike re-united after 40 years in Dallas, Texas at Tom Ruggeri's Ristorante. ( 1 of 4 Tom owns in Dallas. (GREAT FOOD)

On March 13, 2002

Mike received an email from Larry Williams, now in Orlando, Fla. A reunion is planned for May-June, 2002

Tom and Mike
March 15, 2002

Larry and Mike
June 5, 2002

Larry Williams, Pete Prince, Tommy Ruggeri, Mike Paladino. Pete and Tommy from West New York, N.J, Larry and Mike from Palisades Park, N.J. The Princetones, formed in West New York, N.J., at St Josephs High School, in 1957, along with Richie Moore, also of WNY. The groups age was 14. "Guardian Angel", was written in the spring of 1958 by Pete and myself, on Henry Ave. and Broad Ave., Palisades Park, N.J., outside of Leone's Pizzeria. It was first performed by the group at a St. Cecilia's High School Show, in Englewood, N.J. At the show were the Teenagers, without Frankie Lymon, "Crying". "Guardian Angel" was recorded by 5 other groups but the Princetones never received recognition for the song. The original 78rpm, recorded on acetate, at Allegro Sound Studios, NYC, in the late spring, 1958, was played for the first time in 1994 on KONO-FM, San Antoinio, Texas.

"Guardian Angel", "Dreaming"b/s, "I Was The One", "Lovely"b/s

Also in High School we had a group by the name "The No-Tones",  5 guys in the same class. Those members where Pete Prince, Joe Lupo, Mike Paladino and Ray Buktenica and Richie Moore. Today, Joe is a Hair Stylist, in Palisades Park, N.J. and Ray, well Ray made it to Hollywood and became an Actor, appearing in many films and TV shows. Ray was voted class clown in High School. Ray is still acting and writing screen plays. Maybe someday Ray will write a play about the good old days and include the songs of the "Princetones". It would be nice to make some money from our work!!!!! How about it, Ray? Richie lives in Illinois and has a Medical Group.

Click on label for Original song.

The picture above is the original demo label of "Guardian Angel". Recorded on 78rpm acetate, April 16th. 1958. The title that is crossed out, was put on the label by the engineer, he named it "BADA BADA", that was the way the song started. "Bada,bada,boom deaa,deaa". The correct name of the song was written in by me.
®All Graphics of the "Bon-Aires" ,"Princetones" and labels shown are the sole property of Michael J Paladino and are not to be used without permission of the owner.®1996



 Doo-Wop Shoo Bop


I would like to personally thank Matt and Bev Lewandowski for presenting the original "Bon-Aires" site, with their award. If you want to see a complete 'Oldies' site drop in on REMEMBER WHEN. You'll be glad you did..............................

scotty.jpg (37479 bytes)
click on picture for full view

This picture was taken in 1996, Scotty and Mike, this was the first time we have seen each other since 1965 (31yrs). Scotty visited South Texas and stayed with us for a week. We had good times in the 60's and the 90's.

Visit these GREAT sites



Rock-it Radio


                                                                                                       The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame



The Wanderer




Whirlin' Disc Records


Hey-I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line

and thanks for stopping by Mike Paladino

© 1998-2018 (CYBERRANCH  Webmasters)