Ron Dante is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He was born Carmine Granito on August 22, 1945 in Staten Island, New York. Ron is best known as the lead vocalist for the cartoon group The Archies from 1968 to 1971; their third single, "Sugar, Sugar," written by producer Jeff Barry with Andy Kim, was the #1 record of 1969. Prior to his stint with The Archies, in 1965, Ron was a member of the parody group The Detergents ("Leader of the Laundromat").
Concurrent with his work on the Archies project, Ron was also employed as a session singer, recording demonstration records, and also sang many television and commercial jingles. In 1969, Ron recorded an album under the name The Cuff Links for his old Detergents writer-producers Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, providing both lead and background vocals through overdubbing (as he did with most of the male Archies vocals as well) and hitting the U.S. Top Ten with the single "Tracy" at the same time that The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" was at the top spot on the charts. (Ron was anonymous on both tracks, as with all the Archies and Cuff Links recordings.) Ron's first album release under his own name, on Don Kirshner's label, was Ron Dante Brings You Up in 1970. In 1972, also under the supervision of Don Kirshner, Ron became lead vocalist for another cartoon group, The Chan Clan. In 1979, Ron recorded a disco album under the name Dante's Inferno, and in 1981 his second solo album Street Angel was released.
From 1973 to 1981, Ron Dante was producer for singer Barry Manilow. Ron often sang backgrounds on Barry's recordings, including the groundbreaking "Mandy." Ron also continued to record sporadically during those years; in 1975, with Barry wearing the producer's hat this time, Ron released a dance version of "Sugar, Sugar" as a single under his own name. In 1978, Ron produced the Tony-award-winning play Ain't Misbehavin' on Broadway.
Ron remains active as a singer, producer, and concert performer. His solo CD Favorites was released in late 1999, and another CD, Saturday Night Blast, was released in 2004.