Ernie Maresca

Ernie Maresca (b August 21 1938, The Bronx, New York City), is an American songwriter, singer, and record company executive, best known for writing or co-writing some of Dion's biggest hits. He began singing and writing in a doo-wop group, the Regents, who later had a hit with "Barbara Ann". His song "No-One Knows" came to the attention of Dion DiMucci, who recorded it successfully with the Belmonts on Laurie Records, the record reaching # 19 on the pop charts in 1958. Maresca then began songwriting full time, writing "Runaround Sue" with Dion, and then "The Wanderer" - his biggest success, although his run of hits with Dion continued with "Lovers Who Wander" and "Donna the Prima Donna". In 1961, he was offered a recording contract with Seville, a small New York label. His protestations that he wasn't much of a singer were brushed aside, and he wrote a hit for himself, "Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)". He continued to record, with less success, for the remainder of the 1960s, but also continued as a writer with hits including "Whenever a Teenager Cries" for Reparata and the Delrons. By the 1970s he was head of Laurie Records' publicity department, and continued as a record company executive. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.