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Statement on the Passing of Joe Terry of Danny & The Juniors From The Philadelphia Music Alliance

PHILADELPHIA (April 15, 2019) – “It is with great sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of two very deserving members of our Walk of Fame – Joe Terry, who died this morning, and David White, who died in March,” said Alan Rubens, Chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance. “They were two of the founding members of Danny & the Juniors, who recorded ‘At the Hop,’ one of the most iconic songs ever to come out of Philadelphia. David was also the song’s co-writer. They are true legends and true Philadelphians who were part of making our city’s music heritage as great as it is.”

Joe Terry (b. Joe Terranova, Jan. 30, 1941) was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame as a founding member of Danny & the Juniors in 1992. Danny & the Juniors shot straight to the top of the charts in early 1958 with their biggest hit ever, the gold-selling “At the Hop” (penned by the songwriting team of David White and John Madara), though they reached the charts again with eight more singles through 1963, notably the Top 40 charters “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,” “Dottie,” and “Twistin’ U.S.A.” Terry and Frank Maffei have continued to rock and roll across the country as Danny & the Juniors, thrilling new audiences with old favorites.

About the Philadelphia Music Alliance

The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame, recently proclaimed an official landmark by Philadelphia City Council, is a living tribute to Philadelphia’s rich music history and a vital force unifying the city’s diverse cultural communities along the Avenue of the Arts, with a renewed commitment to shed new light on the City’s cultural legacy and incredible contribution to the world of music past, present and future as a major tourist attraction. This agenda to recognize more local music greats in all genres is part of the community based, non-profit organization’s overall mission to encourage the creation, celebration and historical preservation of Philadelphia music, and the foundation of a renewed commitment to schedule induction ceremonies each year.