The Mello-Kings are an American doo-wop group, who became popular in the late 1950s with their song, “Tonite, Tonite” (1957).
The group consisted of brothers Jerry and Bob Scholl, Eddie Quinn, Neil Arena and Larry Esposito. The quintet was formed in 1956 at a high school in Mount Vernon, New York, United States, under the guidance of manager Dick Levister. Originally named the Mellotones, the group was signed to the Herald label. “Tonite, Tonite” was written by Billy Myles, a staff composer for the label. The group was forced to change its name after the single’s release, as another group had already claimed Mellotones. The record lasted more than ten weeks on the US pop charts.
The group appeared in revival shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On August 27, 1975, lead singer Bob Scholl was killed in a boating accident. The group began performing entirely at private corporate events throughout the years led by Jerry Scholl. They were brought back to the stage when Jerry partnered with new members Mick Mansueto & Joe Magnetico. Mick fronts the group today as they perform on stages in America and Europe.