1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Four Coins George Mahramas, lead, Michael Mahramas, tenor, George Mantalis, tenor, James Gregorakis, baritone
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Shangri-La 1957
The Four Coins also had hits with Memories of You in 1955 and The World Outside in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1954-1959 Record Label: Epic
The Four Coins were a strong-voiced vocal group from Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania. George Mantalis, Jimmy Gregorakis, and brothers Michael and George Mahramas were all of Greek heritage. Local orchestra leader, Lee Barrett, took them to an audition in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they recorded several songs and began singing on television. The Four Coins powerful recording of Shangri-La sold over a million copies. They appeared in the film ‘Disc Jockey Jamboree’. They recorded the song Memories of You from the 1955 film ‘The Benny Goodman Story.’ Their 1958 recording of The World Outside was originally introduced in the 1942 film ‘Suicide Squadron.’ In 1970, they left show business to tend to family obligations.