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The Four Preps

The clean-cut West Coast-based Four Preps are best remembered for a string of Top 100 hits during the late '50s and early '60s, including "Twenty Six Miles (Santa Catalina)," "Big Man," "Down by the Station," "Lazy Summer Night," "Got a Girl," "It Ain't Never," "Moon River," "Lollipops and Roses," "My Special Angel," and others. Ultimately, the Four Preps' biggest influence can be heard via their impact on Brian Wilson, whose harmony-driven production for the Beach Boys was a direct antecedent of the Four Preps' sound.

The original group -- Bruce Belland, Ed Cobb, Marv Ingraham, and Glen Larson -- were discovered by Capitol Records A&R exec Nik Venet while performing at a Hollywood High School talent show in 1956 and were signed shortly afterwards to a long-term contract. By the end of the year, the wholesome milk-fed group charted their first single, "Dreamy Eyes." Before long, there were changes to the lineup, with former Diamonds' original lead vocalist David Somerville joining the group as a replacement for the departing Larson. For eight years, between 1956-1964, the Four Preps charted on the Top 100 13 times, but by the mid-'60s, they were beginning to sound a bit outdated. Their last chart hit "A Letter to the Beatles" was a desperate attempt to stay hip, but the days of button-up sweaters, crew cuts, and four-part vocal harmonies were waning, and they knew it. The Four Preps continued to record until 1967.

Bruce Belland has had an amazing career since the group disbanded. His songs have been recorded by a wide variety artists, including Willie Nelson, Johnny Mathis, Roy Clark, Sammy Davis, Lena Horne, Donny Osmond, T.G. Shepherd, Herman's Hermits, the Mouseketeers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He has since branched out to television, becoming one of the most sought-after writers in Hollywood and even co-starred for four years on TV's Ozzie and Harriet. He is now a senior network TV programming executive and has provided countless voices for animated features, including the Disney classic Jungle Book, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts and was cited in the Congressional Record for his co-authoring of the Official Anthem of the Bi-Centennial of the U.S. Constitution.

Ed Cobb, likewise, has had an impressive career. He has received 32 Gold and Platinum records for producing and/or sound engineering such artists as the Lettermen, the Standells, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, and Pink Floyd, been nominated for three Grammies, and received two Record of the Year Awards for Sound. He has produced, co-produced, or written records with sales in excess of 40 million, including such landmark hits as "Dirty Water," "Every Little Bit Hurts," "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," and "Tainted Love." He's also a champion horse breeder and was recently elected President of the Idaho Racing Commission.

In addition to his musical achievements, Somerville has acted in countless dramatic roles on such shows as Star Trek, The Fall Guy, Quincy, McCloud, and General Hospital and is also one of the most in demand voice-over artists in Hollywood.

Today, there's a new group of Preps on the oldies scene -- appropriately enough, they're called the New Four Preps -- whose performing lineup includes Belland, Cobb, Somerville (a.k.a. "the three tenors of Pop"), and Jim Yester of the Association; together they represent accumulated record sales in excess of 100 million, including 29 hit singles, 15 gold albums, and 13 Grammies. ~ Bryan Thomas
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Single Collection, Vol. 1

1. Dreamy Eyes

2. Fools Will Be Fools

3. Moonstruck in Madrid

4. I Cried a Million Tears

5. Falling Star

6. Where Wuz You

7. Again 'N' Again 'N' Again

8. Promise Me Baby

9. How About That

10. Band of Angesl

11. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina)

12. It's You

13. Big Man

14. Stop! Baby

15. Lazy Summer Night

16. Summertime Lies

17. Cinderella

18. Gidget

19. The Riddle of Love

20. She Was Five and He Was Ten

21. Big Surprise

22. Try My Arms

23. I Ain't Never

24. Memories, Memories

25. Gidget (Movie Version)

26. Cinderella (Movie Version)

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Track List: The Singles Collection, Vol. 3

1. Demons And Witches

2. Oh Where, Oh Where

3. Falling In Love With A Girl (I Shouldn't Fall In Love With)

4. The Greatest Surfer Couple

5. A Letter To The Beatles

6. College Cannonball

7. I've Known You All My Life

8. What Kind Of Bird Is That

9. The Girl Without A Top

10. Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right

11. How To Succeed In Love

12. My Love, My Love

13. I'll Set My Love To Music

14. Everlasting

15. I'll Never Be The Same

16. Our First American Dance

17. Annie In Her Granny

18. Something To Remember You By

19. Let's Call It A Day Girl

20. The Girl In The Shade Of The Striped Umbrella

21. Love Of The Common People

22. What I Don't Know Can't Hurt Me

23. Draftdodger Rag

24. Hitchhiker

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Track List: How To Succeed In Love

1. How To Succeed In Love

2. My Love, My Love

3. Pretend

4. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup

5. Love Letters

6. Lollipops And Roses

7. My Special Angel

8. Put Your Head On My Should

9. French Song

10. The Object Of My Affection

11. Quiet Nights

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Track List: The Things We Did Last Summer

1. In The Good Old Summer Time

2. The Things We Did Last Summer

3. A Tree In The Meadow

4. Memories Are Made Of This

5. Jamaica Farewell

6. White Silver Sands

7. Heart And Soul

8. Makin' Love Ukulele Style

9. Graduation Day

10. Love Letters In The Sand

11. Avalon

12. Isle Of Capri

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Track List: Songs For A Campus Party

1. So Much In Love

2. Detroit City

3. Days Of Wine And Roses

4. Sukiyaki

5. Till Then

6. Green, Green

7. Losing You

8. I Love You Because

9. Abilene

10. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

11. Theme From Dr. Kildare

12. Oh Where, Oh Where

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Track List: The Four Preps

1. 26 Miles

2. It's You

3. Again 'N Again 'N Again

4. I Cried A Million Tears

5. How About That

6. Moonstruck In Madrid

7. Dreamy Eyes

8. Falling Star

9. Humble Pie

10. Promise Me Baby

11. Fools Will Be Fools

12. Too Young For Love

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Track List: Down By The Station

1. Down By The Station

2. Lazy Summer Night

3. I Ain't Never

4. She Was Five And He Was Ten

5. Summertime Lies

6. Big Man

7. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina)

8. Cinderella

9. Dreamy Eyes

10. Memories, Memories

11. (Listen Honey) I'll Be Home

12. Big Surprise

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Track List: Absolutely The Best

1. Lazy Summer Night

2. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina)

3. Big Man

4. Dreamy Eyes

5. Summertime Lies

6. She Was Five And He Was Ten

8. Got A Girl

10. The Big Draft (Medley)

12. A Letter To The Beatles

13. Let's Call It A Day Girl

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Track List: The Four Preps On Campus

1. Opening/Heart And Soul

2. More Money For You And Me

3. Young And Foolish

4. Rock'N'Roll

5. Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring

6. Introductions

7. Swing Down Chariot

8. He's Goin' Away

9. Preps Hit Medley

10. In The Good Old Summertime

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Track List: Campus Encore

1. Come To The Dance

2. The Sphinx Won't Tell

3. The Big Draft Medley

4. Lonesome Town

5. Suzy Cocroach

6. Moon River

7. Introductions

8. Next Man Told His Tale

9. Lullaby

10. Recitation By Bruce

11. Rememb'ring

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Track List: The Best Of The Four Preps

1. 26 Miles

2. Early In The Morning

3. More Money For You And Me

4. Dreamy Eyes

5. Green Green

6. Big Man

7. Lazy Summer Night

8. The Big Draft (Medley)

9. Sukiyaki

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I was at the The Villages in 2014 They performed there. The best show I have ever seen there. They are the best!
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I grew up listening to these guys - great!!!

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