In the early 1960's, Ernie Maresca enjoyed modest success as a songwriter
in the New York doo wop/rock 'n roll scene. He wrote several of
biggest hits, including "Runaround Sue," "The Wanderer," "Lovers Who Wander,
"A Lover's Prayer" and "Donna the Prima Donna."
Maresca was persuaded to pursue a career as a solo artist, in spite of the
fact that he did not consider himself a singer. In 1962, however, he scored
his sole hit under his name,
with "Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out). The
song registered at #6.
Maresca experienced difficulty sustaining success, however. He was head of
Laurie Record's publicity department by the