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The name of this outstanding North American vocal unit derived from the contrast in height between its tallest members - leader/arranger Gene Puerling (Eugene Thomas Puerling, 31 March 1929, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, d. 25 March 2008, USA) and Bob Morse (b. Robert Morse 27 July 1923, Pasadena, California, USA, d. 27 April 2001, USA) - and diminutive Clark Burroughs (b. 3 March 1930, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Robert Strasen (b. 1 April 1928, Strasbourg, France, d. 28 February 1994). While developing their sophisticated close harmony style, they lived in the same Chicago house, making ends meet with menial jobs and engagements at weekends and evenings. Through the offices of band leader Jerry Fielding, they recorded for several labels while building a reputation as a versatile, technically accomplished act via a Las Vegas hotel season, a tour supporting Judy Garland and replacing the Four Esquires as resident musical turn on comedian Red Skeltons...