The Four Lads
|Genres:||Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Movies Pop / Rock Vocals|
|Tags:||50s vocal oldies pop canadian the four lads american harmony|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
The line-up comprised Frank Busseri (Toronto, Canada; baritone), Bernard Toorish (b. Toronto, Canada; second tenor), James Arnold (b. Toronto, Canada; first tenor) and Connie Codarini (b. Toronto, Canada; bass). A versatile vocal quartet, popular in US clubs and theatres, and on television and records, especially during the 50s. The Lads formed their group while attending St. Michaels Choir School in Toronto. Aided by Dad Wilson, a member of the Golden Gate Quartet, the Lads played a try-out engagement at Le Ruban Bleu in New York, stayed for some 30 weeks, and then toured extensively. They were signed by Columbia Records as a background group, and in 1951 accompanied Johnnie Ray on his first big hit, Cry, which sold over two million copies. Their first solo success was in 1952 with Mocking Bird, followed by He Who Has Love, Down By The Riverside, Istanbul (Not Constantinople),...