The Four Lads
The Four Lads grew up together in Toronto, Ontario
, and were members of St. Michael's Cathedral Choir School, where they learned to sing. The founding members were Corrado Codarini, bass
; Bernie Toorish, lead; James Arnold, first tenor; and Frank Busseri, baritone
and group manager. At home, they practiced until they achieved their clean-cut harmonies, whether for spirituals
, sacred music, or pop. In 1950
they began to sing in local clubs and soon were noticed by scouts. Recruited to go to New York
, they were noticed by Mitch Miller, who asked them to do backup for some of the artists he recorded. One unknown artist Johnnie Ray
, became a major hit with Cry
and The Little White Cloud that Cried
with the Four Lads behind him. This made them well known.
In 1953 they made their own first gold record, Istanbul, which launched them to stardom and kept them busy throughout the 50s and 60s in the USA and Canada. Today, a reconsituted group, with original singer Frank Busseri, sings to the nostalgia crowds.
Their most famous hit was schmaltzy Moments to Remember in 1955, and their next best known was Standin' on the Corner in 1956.
They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.
- Istanbul (1953)
- Moments to Remember (1955)
- No, Not Much (1956)
- Standin' on the Corner (1956)
- Who Needs You? (1957)
Other Hit Records
- A House With Love In It (1956)
- Enchanted Island (1958)
- I Just Don't Know (1957)
- My Little Angel (1956)
- Put A Light In The Window (1957)
- The Bus Stop Song (Paper of Pins) (1956)
- The Mocking Bird (1958)
- There's Only One Of You (1958)