The Emotions was formed in 1958 by Joe Favale and Tony Maltese. Recently discharged from the Navy Joe began singing with a group from lower Manhattan called The Moments. After a couple of years of performing but having no luck getting a record contract they disbanded. At the same time Tony Maltese's group, The Runarounds decided to call it quits. One night while singing Doo-Wop harmonies together in Maple Lanes bowling alley in Brooklyn they decided to join forces and start a new group. They enlisted the services of Dom Colurra, Larry Cusamano and Joe Nigro. They called themselves The Runarounds, and acquired a personal manager named Henry Boye. A year later they changed their name to The Emotions and got together to rehearse five nights a week in the back of "The Pink And Blue" beauty parlor on Nostrand Avenue. Kids from all over the neighborhood would gather every night at the beauty parlor to enjoy their Doo-Wop harmonies.