Before rock & roll took over the charts and became a decades-spawning cultural phenomenon, Toronto-spawned vocal group The Four Lads dominated the early 1950s North American pop scene. Their four-part harmonies and clean-cut image helped make hits of songs like “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” “Moments to Remember” and “No, Not Much!” in both America and Canada.
The group emerged from Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School in 1947. The original quartet consisted of teenaged friends Jimmy Arnold (lead tenor), Frank Busseri (baritone), Connie Codarini (bass), and Bernie Toorish (tenor and arranger). They would sing at local hotels under the name The Four Dukes.
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