1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
26 Miles (Santa Catalina) recorded by the Four Preps introduced January 20, 1958
Written by Bruce Belland & Glen Larson
Although the song says Santa Catalina, the island of romance, is “26 miles across the sea,” it is actually just 22 miles from Los Angeles. Geography aside, the teenage quartet was able to capture a youthful spirit in their two biggest hit recordings that were both released in 1958. 26 Miles, written by two members of the group, Bruce Belland and Glen Larson, hit the top of the charts early in the year and later the same year a second Four Preps song written by the duo Big Man topped the charges again. The youthful image of summertime fun on the beach, portrayed by the Four Preps in 26 Miles, was also captured by Jerry Kellor in Here Comes Summer, and by the Jamies in Summertime.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"twenty-six miles across the sea Santa Catalina is waitin’ for me…the island of romance"