When Laurie Records opened for business in 1958, its founders could not have foreseen how crucial their role in the history of rock'n'roll would prove to be. Formed by brothers Bob and Gene Schwartz along with Eliot Greenberg and Allen Sussell, the company was initiated as an outlet for Dion & the Belmonts, unknowns from the Bronx. All parties were rewarded almost immediately when the group stormed the charts with I Wonder Why, A Teenager In Love and Where Or When. From then on, Laurie was a force to be reckoned with, not only on the teeming New York recording scene but also, more importantly, on a national level.
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