The Crew Cuts
|Tags:||oldies doo wop 50s rock n roll 1940s close harmony quartet the crew cutse crew cuts vocal swing|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s|
Formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1952, the Crew-Cuts were a white vocal quartet that had success in the early 50s by covering black R&B songs. Their version of Sh-Boom, originally a number 2 R&B hit for the Chords in 1954, became a number 1 pop hit for the Crew-Cuts, staying in that position for nine weeks and helping to usher in the rock n roll era. The group was comprised of Rudi Maugeri (27 January 1931, USA, d. 7 May 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; baritone), Pat Barrett (b. 15 September 1931; tenor), John Perkins (b. 28 August 1931; lead) and his brother Ray Perkins (b. 28 November 1932; bass), all born in Toronto. The group met at Torontos Cathedral School, where they all sang in the choir, and decided to form a barber shop-style group. Initially called the Canadaires, the group received its first break in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, where they appeared on Gene Carrolls television programme. After that show they were...