1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Four Aces Al Alberts, (originally Albertini), lead singer, (replaced by Fred Diodati in 1956), Dave Mahoney, tenor, Rosario ĎSolí Voccaro, baritone, Lou Silvestri, bass
Famous EASY-POP hit in the 50s: Love is a Many-Splendored Thing 1955
The Four Aces also had hits with Heart and Soul in 1952, Stranger in Paradise in 1953, Three Coins in the Fountain in 1954, and A Woman in Love and Melody of Love in 1955.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1951-1959 Record Label: Decca
Returning to civilian life from Navy duty in Newfoundland, Al Alberts began singing (backed by Dave Mahoney playing tenor sax) and later the act added Sol Vaccaro on trumpet and Lou Silvestri on drums. With their unusual style of harmony, they discovered they were even better vocalists than musicians. The Four Aces started their own record label when they could not find a distributor to release their first recording, (Itís No) Sin. It sold a million copies and Decca Records signed the group, billing them as The Four Aces featuring Al Alberts. Their 1952 recording of Heart and Soul is a classic. A change of orchestra from Owen Bradley to Jack Pleis brought further successes with Heart of My Heart, their first American No.1 hit, and several movie title songs including the million-selling Three Coins in the Fountain, and Love is a Many-Splendored Thing. In 1956, Fred Diodati, replaced Al Alberts as lead.