were discovered at a talent show by manager Vince Marc, who introduced them to songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell. Linzer and Randell wrote most of the songs they recorded, including their U.S. #1 hit single
“A Lover’s Concerto”
, and also produced the group’s 1965-66 recordings on Bob Crewe’s DynoVoice record label. Global sales of this disc exceeded two million copies, with a gold record awarded by the R.I.A.A. in 1965. Their first U.S. tour was with Gene Pitney. In 1967 the group changed labels and producers moving to Musicor Records, but charted only one more minor single (a cover of Brian Hyland’s “Sealed with a Kiss”) before breaking up.
The Toys appeared on most of the major TV rock programs. They had a cameo role in the 1967 beach movie It’s a Bikini World. Harris continues to perform on public television and at oldies concerts.