1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Four Knights Gene Alford, lead tenor, Oscar Broadway, bass, Clarence Dixon, baritone, John Wallace, second tenor and guitar
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: I Get So Lonely 1954
The Four Knights also had hits with I Love the Sunshine of Your Smile in 1951 and Oh, Happy Day in 1953.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1951-1959 Record Label: Capitol
Best-known for their refined pop ballad recordings, the Four Knights performed a mix of gospel and secular material. The quartet, first known as the Southland Jubilee Singers, formed in 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1945, they changed their name to the Four Knights, to reflect pop rather than gospel, and appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s radio program. Their polished style and soft harmony suited TV and they appeared on Red Skelton’s show and The Ed Sullivan Show. The Four Knights’ biggest hit came in 1954 with (Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely (when I think about you) which made it to the #2 spot on the pop charts and was a smash in England, tough for a black American group in the fifties. They also appeared on several records backing up Capitol Records’ superstar Nat King Cole.