1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Crew-Cuts John Perkins, lead, (b.1931), Ray Perkins, bass. (b.1932), Pat Barrett, first tenor, (b.1931), Rudi Maugeri, baritone, (b.1931)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Sh-Boom 1954
They also had hits with Earth Angel, Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So), Gum Drop, and Angels In the Sky in 1955 and Young Love in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1954 - 1957
Record Label: Mercury
This wholesome vocal group from Toronto, Canada, was formed by students at St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School, where they studied arranging, harmony, and voice together. In 1952, they formed a group, the ‘Canadaires’ and drove to New York to appear on Arthur Godfrey’s ‘Talent Scouts,’ where they came in second. Cleveland disk jockey Bill Randle coined the name the, Crew-Cuts and arranged for them to audition with Mercury Records, who signed the quartet. They quickly became specialists in cover recordings of R&B songs—11 of their first 22 sides were covers. Their recording of Sh-Boom hit #1 on the charts in 1954 and by all objective standards it was the first mass-appeal, rock and roll hit. Other hits followed. With their clean-cut personas and glee-club harmony they gave their covers a pop treatment that helped smuggle raunchy R&B sounds into established radio formats and mainstream acceptance.
The Crew-Cuts' Best 45rpm Single Recordings during the Fifties: