All five members of The Goofers™ were originally part of Louis Prima’s big band, during the time of Keely Smith (w/Louis Prima 1948-1960). Louis would feature these five very talented Italian musicians, until one day, they decided to break out on their own, managed by Mannie Greenfield.


They started performing on their own live in 1951 through 1963 with over 30 live performances including Royal Command Performances for Bautista (Cuba) and Queen Elizabeth II. Their longest running engagement was at the Flamingo in Las Vegas in 1956 (periodically for approximately 4 years), opening for the Mills Brothers. They were a favorite of Ed Sullivan, appearing on his show 8 times. Their other television appearances included Toast of the Town, Jackie Gleason Show and Perry Como Show. They were featured in the cult movie, Bop Girl Goes Calypso, which showcased several of their songs. The Goofers™ produced 13 single records, 26 songs, including 3 originals, from 1955 through 1959 on Coral, Port and Tiara Records.

They performed on the same bill as:

  • Big Mama
  • Paul Anka
  • Tony Bennett
  • Ray Bolger
  • George Burns
  • Sam Butera
  • Art Carney
  • Johnny Cash
  • Count Basie
  • Billy Daniels
  • Bobby Darin
  • Sammy Davis (Miami)
  • Jimmy Dean
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Four Aces
  • Judy Garland
  • George Gobel
  • Phil Harris
  • Woody Herman
  • Harry James
  • Alan King
  • Lennon Sisters
  • Mario Lanza
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Liberace
  • Guy Lombardo
  • Gordon MacRae
  • Tony Martin
  • Dean Martin
  • Mills Brothers
  • Louis Prima
  • Bobby Rydell
  • George Sanders
  • McGuire Sisters
  • Keely Smith
  • Tommy Steel
  • Sophie Tucker
  • Mike Wallace