Michael Kelly, lead singer of the Original Duprees from 1965-1977 has died of Cancer.
Kelly, recorded the original demos that producer George Paxton from Coed Records heard and later signed the Duprees and released thier hit songs: You Belong to Me, My Own True Love, Have You Heard and other hits. Kelly signed a recording contract with Columbia Records after leaving the Parisians the group the eventually morphed into the Duprees and before the Duprees rise to fame but later came back in 1964 replacing lead singer Joey (Vann) Canzano after Canzano left to launch his own solo career.
In the early 70’s with Kelly singing lead the Duprees released an album under the name ”
THE ITALIAN ASPHALT AND PAVING CO.”and had a hit called “CHECK YOURSELF.”
They also recorded for Columbia Records and in 1966 with Kelly singing lead they released the hit song “Let Them Talk”
Here is a video with Mike Kelly singing lead to My Love, My Love.
I knew Mike Kelly personally for over 48 years and he always remained a gentleman and a professional throughout the ups and downs of his career and life.
Rest In Peace Mike and Sing On, Sing On
Funeral Arrangements were not available at the time of this writing.