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THE NATURALS - THE PRIDE OF HOLLIS!
In the early 60's (pre Beatles)you could find guys standing on the streetcorners of every neighborhood trying to blend their voices into the different harmonies of the day. Hollis was no different. It seemed a right of passage that everybody tried at least once. If you couldn't sing then you listened and enjoyed. You didn't need money or a rehersal hall just a place where you could find an echo. Doorways or subways were the most common venues. It was really a quite exciting time, each neighborhood had a least one group that they would pit against any other. The Naturals were the pride of Hollis and the highlight of their career was appearing at the World's Fair in 1964.

THE NATURALS
The picture to the left was taken in Nick's basement and shows,(standing,left to right)Joe Santos, Nick Guagliardo,Jack Hoffman, and seated Bobby Guagliardo, Tommy Scevola, Frankie Carretta, and Al Frazia. (Photo B.Kurpiel)
THE VALTONES
The picture to the left was provided by Barbara Kurpiel and shows Anthony Prankevicus, front left, Joey Santos center, and Al Penack right front. In the rear are the brothers Wittekamp, Everett to the left and Ronnie to the right.
RARE PHOTO!
Lenny Sternesky original lead singer

Pictured left is a rare photo of the early Naturals group, taken when Lenny Sternesky was the lead singer.(Photo by Al Frazia)