The Four Preps
|Genres:||Pop / Rock Vocals|
|Tags:||oldies pop vocal usa american doo-wop doo wop 26 miles santa catalina early baby boomer|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in the early 50s in Hollywood, California, USA, the Four Preps were a vocal group consisting of Bruce Belland, Glen Larson, Marvin Inabnett and Ed Cobb (d. 1999, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA). Recording for Capitol Records, they placed 13 singles in the US charts between 1956 and 1964, two of which made the Top 5 in 1958. The quartet began singing together during their high-school years, influenced by the Mills Brothers, Four Aces, and Four Freshmen acts. Impressed by a demo tape the group recorded Mel Shauer, manager of Les Paul And Mary Ford, took the group under his wing and arranged a recording contract with Capitol. Their first session, in late 1956, yielded Dreamy Eyes, which was a minor hit, but the follow-up, 26 Miles (Santa Catalina), written by Belland and Larson years earlier, reached number 2, and their next single, Big Man, made number 3.
Subsequent singles failed to reach the US Top 10...