Performing Saturday, February 2, 2019
New York born Brian Hyland had his first hit when he was 16 years old with the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” which went to Number 1 in 1960. On the ABC label, he had some minor hits with “Let Me Belong To You,” “Ginny Come Lately,” and a song that would later be covered by Dave Edmunds titled “Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love).” He had another Top Five hit in 1962 with “Sealed With a Kiss,” and few years later released “The Joke Went Wild”.
In 1970, he and fellow rocker Del Shannon collaborated on Hyland’s remake of an old hit by The Impressions, “Gypsy Woman.” It not only shot up to Number 3 on the pop charts but also got him some respectable critical reviews. A few years later, his old hit “Sealed with a Kiss” was re-released in Great Britain and cracked the Top Ten.
Hyland has performed during three other Winter Dance Party events (2001, 2009 and 2015).