1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Four Lads John Bernard ‘Bernie’ Toorish, lead, James ‘Jimmy’ Arnold, tenor, Frank Busseri, baritone, Corrado ‘Connie’ Codarini, bass
Famous POP hit single during the 50s: Moments to Remember 1955
They also had hits with Istanbul in 1953, Skokiaan in 1954, No, Not Much and Standing on the Corner in 1956, Who Needs You and Put A Light in the Window in 1957, and There’s Only One Of You in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952-1959
Record Label: Columbia
Choirboys growing up together in Canada, the Four Lads, arrived in the US in 1950 with influence from St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School in Toronto where they learned to sing. Connie Codarini and Bernie Toorish sang earlier with two other St. Michael’s students, Rudi Maugeri and John Perkins—who founded The Crew-Cuts. The Four Lads worked at New York’s fashionable Le Ruban Bleu where arranger Mitch Miller, then new at Columbia records, took an instant liking to them and utilized them as back-up singers at Columbia Records where they backed Johnnie Ray on his #1 million-selling hits Cry and The Little White Cloud That Cried. After that, the Four Lads were signed to their own recording contract, receiving their first Gold Record in 1953 for Istanbul, which launched them to stardom. Their sound was classic, clean-cut, polished and crisp, group harmony.
The Four Lads' Best 45rpm Single Recordings during the Fifties: