The Fireflies headed up the charts in September of 1959 with the song "You Were Mine", eventually parking at number 21 on Billboard, and lasting a total of 19 weeks.
The group formed around 1958 with all group members from Brooklyn except John Viscelli, who was from Clifton New Jersey. They recorded an instrumental called The Crawl for Roulette records, as a self contained group with a slightly different group name spelling, The Fireflys. It did not make noise, and the guys reactivated in 1959. The original group consisted of Lee Reynolds- guitar and vocals, Paul Giacalone- drums and vocals, Ritchie Adams- tenor, Carl Girasoli- guitar and vocals, . Carl was the first to leave and was replaced by John Viscelli- sax and vocals. The next step Mr. Giacalone and the Fireflies went and recorded with Ribbon records where they decided to have Richie Adams do lead vocals. On the strength of "YOU WERE MINE" that charted at number 21 on billboard Hot 100 charts on October26 1959 for 19 weeks and reaching #15 on Canada's Chum hit parade, the Fireflies toured and played many shows. They appeared on Dick Clarks American Bandstand and were the first self contained white vocal harmony group to perform at the Apollo Theatre in New York amongst other theatres and music halls and Cruises. Their follow-up was also a charted hit called "I Can't Say Goodbye" that charted at #90 for three weeks on Billboard Hot 100 They had a third record called "BECAUSE OF MY PRIDE" for Ribbon, one for Canadian American, and several more for Taurus with a reformed group that included original member Lee Reynolds . they also had another record that was destined to become a hit in 1960 on Ribbon Records called "Because of My Pride" but the group disbanded for a short time, Ritchie Adams went on writing songs , Tossin And Turnin and After The Loving are just two of more than 350 songs he is credited with. He also wrote songs for the Banana Splits and the Archies. The Fireflies recorded some great records, and their legacy continues to live on, not only to those that heard the Fireflies records blasting out of their radios in 1959, but to those that have rediscovered the group through oldies radio shows and recent appearances of the current Fireflies group.
Todays Fireflies consist of Marco Gueli , Vic Puma, Tony Errigo, Nick Catello and to this day are still touring around the country keeping the Fireflies music alive.