The early sixties saw something of a boom time for the folk music movement. The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul And Mary, The Highwaymen, The Rooftop Singers and The New Christy Minstrels all vied for, and got, chart placings in America.
Into that scene came The Glencoves, Don Connors, Brian Bolger and Bill Byrne, who all went to Chaminade High School in Mineola, Long Island. Signed to Select Records, Al Ham who did much of the production for the label at the time gave them the name The Glencoves – Glen Cove being a Long Island coastal town steeped in history and Eddie V. Deane, Peggy Horther and (writer of several pop hits including Connie Francis’s Lipstick On Your Collar and Connie and Jamie Horton’s Robot Man), George Goehring came up with the song, “Hootenanny” which perfectly fitted the market in the summer of 1963. The record made it into the U.S. Top 40.
Subsequent singles failed to repeat that success and by the middle of 1964, The Glencoves called it a day.