"Brian Hyland" (born November 12, 1943, in Woodhaven, Queens, New York) is an American pop artist who was successful during the early 1960s.
Although not known as a major force in the history of rock and roll, Hyland did record three notable songs before his pop music success declined after 1970. He was one of several young American teen idol recording artists whose clean-cut image and sound thrived in the early 1960s prior to the sylistic changes brought about through the "British Invasion" led by The Beatles, beginning in 1964.
In 1960, Hyland scored his first and biggest hit, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". It was a novelty song that was as much about the 60s beach and surf culture as it was about scantier female swimwear, and the males who appreciated it. The song was a smash hit, reaching #1 on the American charts. Hyland's other well-known hit during this period was 1962's "Sealed With a Kiss", an eventual oldies radio standard that reached #3 on both the American and British charts, and remained on the U.S. chart for 11 weeks. In 1975, "Sealed With a Kiss" was reissued as a single in England and became a surprise #7 hit on the British pop...