Remaining with Columbia, the Four Lads had their first independent success with 'The Mocking Bird' (1952) and their second with 'Istanbul' (1953). Of about 20 singles released by 1959, all characterized by the group's expert and closely harmonized singing, hits included 'Skokiaan' (1954), 'Standing on the Corner' (1956), 'Who Needs You' (1957), and the million-sellers 'Moments to Remember' (1955) and 'No, Not Much' (1956). The group also made many LPs for Columbia, Kapp, and Dot. In 1975 the Four Lads were listed by Billboard magazine as 167th of the top 200 recording acts of the previous 30 years.
Five of the Four Lads albums have earned gold record status:
• Istanbul (1953)
• Moments to Remember (1955)
• No, Not Much (1956)
• Standin' on the Corner (1956)
• Who Needs You? (1957)
Though performing mainly in the USA they continued to appear in Canada - eg, with the St Michael's Boys Choir they sang 1 Feb 1960 on CBC-TV's 'Music 60 Presents the Jack Kane Hour.' Codarnini was replaced in 1962 by Johnny D'Arc, and Toorish in the early 1970s by Sid Edwards, both of the USA. The group continues to appear in US and Canadian clubs, however Frank Bussari is the only member from the original group. The Four Lads, together with their contemporaries, the Crew Cuts and the Diamonds, received the Juno Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2003 the Four Lads were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Hutton, Eric. 'Four Lads on a little white cloud,' Maclean's, 15 May 1952
Gardner, Paul A. 'Four famous lads,' Weekend Magazine, 8 May 1954
Lacey, Liam. 'Canada's kings of doo-wop,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 1 Dec 1984
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The Four Lads
Take a trip down memory lane with this famous four-part harmony singing group from Toronto. Their website features audio clips, brief biographies, and a concert calendar.