The Kirby Stone Four
|Genres:||Jazz Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||50s vocal group|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s|
This vocal quartet comprised Kirby Stone (27 April 1918, New York, USA), Eddie Hall, Larry Foster and Mike Gardner. They had a hip brand of humour and a distinctive, upbeat, swinging style. Originally an instrumental quintet, the group became a vocal foursome before making a name for themselves in nightclubs and local television shows. They came to prominence in 1958 with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, which led to a contract with Columbia Records, and the release of Man, I Flipped... When I Heard The Kirby Stone Four. It was a mixture of standards, such as SWonderful and It Could Happen To You, and special material written by Stone and Gardner. Their programme included Juke Box Dream, a vehicle for Fosters uncanny vocal impressions. In the same year they also had a Top 30 single with their extremely original version of Baubles, Bangles And Beads, from the 1953 Broadway musical Kismet. The...