The Four Knights Biography

The singing of Gene Alford was framed by the backing harmonies of Oscar Broadway, Clarence Dixon and John Wallace (who also strummed guitar). From regular performances in the late 40s on radio stations local to their native Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, the Knights graduated to television, providing musical interludes on nationally broadcast situation comedies starring Arthur Godfrey and Red Skelton. This exposure aided the combo’s procurement of a Capitol contract and much airplay for their debut single, 1951’s ‘It’s No Sin’, on which Broadway’s bass grumblings were conspicuous. In 1953, they reached the national hit parade with ‘Oh Happy Day’ - lush with orchestral accompaniment - and the following year, came up with the million-selling ‘I Get So Lonely’, a clever up-tempo reworking of a hillbilly ballad. After ‘O Falling Star’ slipped from the charts, the quartet teamed up with Nat ‘King’ Cole for a 1956 smash with ‘That’s All There Is To That’ - and so it was for the Four Knights, who never had another hit.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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