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The Lettermen

The Lettermen's close-harmony pop songs with light and easy arrangements made them quite a successful group with adult audiences during the 1960s, when changing styles and tastes made many older listeners feel just a bit left behind in the music world. Formed in 1960 by singer Tony Butala, along with two students from Brigham Young University, Jim Pike and Bob Engemann, the Lettermen recorded without success for about a year until they signed to Capitol Records. The group's first single for Capitol, "The Way You Look Tonight," did very well on the pop charts, and its follow-up, "When I Fall in Love," reached the Top Ten in late 1961. Though the group only reached that plateau one more time, with the 1968 medley "Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (the same year Jim's brother Gary Pike stepped in for Engemann), successful album sales to adult listeners and popular concert tours kept the group going long after many of their similar contemporaries had died off. Another Pike brother, Donny, replaced Jim in 1974, and the Lettermen formed their own Alfa Omega Records in 1979, sporadically releasing albums of new material even into the 1990s. Jim Pike and Bob Engemann later formed Reunion (with Gary Pike and Ric de Azevedo), a group that released several albums for Collectables. Butala toured the Lettermen well into the 21st century, proving popular with older audiences. He also founded a Vocal Group Hall of Fame outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ~ John Bush
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There is no better person than Tony Butala, and no better three-person singing group than the Lettermen.
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jenkins.geor g e
The Lettermen are an absolutely fantastic group and no one has ever been replaced them.
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onicccit
Greatest Sound Ever!
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Ellen Fleiss I will always remember you
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I have always loved The Lettermen!!! !
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40's era vocal music
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Still touring and making new friends just about every day!
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scooby536
It is so wonderful to see them still touring - after 50 years they still have the harmony and the classiness of such gentlemen. What a treat to be entertained by them. Check out The Lettermen Friends page on Facebook.
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t_heath
I have listened to their music pretty much my whole life....what memories.
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Four Aces
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They had a nice sound
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The reason the Letterman never got their just due, Right or Wrong, was because to the average Baby boomer, their music was to sappy, Syrupy, Corney sticky sweet for them, and the world was getting uglier toward the later sixty s.I know! I was there. I hope that answers your question.
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In the early '70s I played a Lettermen album to the love of my life. She fell in love with them as I her. Those were good times.
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Very good grooup
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what year did this come out in , good fuzzy warm feeling memories of when i was about 4,5,6yrs old...someth i n g like that ,lol
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allen_ladd_s c
Masterful ... simple but so beautiful and soothing.
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I can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear The Lettermen sing Theme from a Summer Place. It is my all time favorite. Yes and I'm 71 years old and still enjoy all kinds of music; but that song will always have a place in my heart by the Lettermen
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Why these guys never got get their Just Due, I just don't know. The best group ever! Romantic and Harmonized just so good. I get chills just listening to them. No one seems to give them any credit but I have always loved them. Guess that tells you how old I am but when in the military I loved hearing them sing of things that mattered. It took me away from the essence of war for a time.
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Love the Lettermen, but LOVE the REUNION with the Pike brothers
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papawood2k
One of my favorites since I started listening to music.
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My wife and I choose 'The Way you Look Tonite as our song in 1961. We'll be married 47 next month (May). In 2000 we were driving thru a small town in New Hampshire, and we stopped at a little shoppe. It had a carousel with cards from each year on it. We took one for her (1945) and me one for 1936. As we read them, on the one for 1936 the song of the year was (u guessed it) The Way You Look Tonight. It was our destiny to be soulmates.
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rsholar
Ron Sholar and my girlfriend, Linda Rodriquez, went to the the all night Long Beach school dance, we when from Milikan. Where is Linda Rod?
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My wife and I saw and heard them New Year's Eve 1973 at the Riviera in Las Vegas. Co- hosted with Debbie Reynolds.
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Saw them at my college's Spring Weekend in the 60's--wonder f u l !
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my favorite group over all these years
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In the 60's they made the college concert tour. Great voices and arrangements . Simpler times, and they were made because of music like this.
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tonkajoe15
MY FATHER WAS RIGHT THESE GUYS ARE GOOD
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Their version of the song--Again- - - is phenomenal;n o t only one of their best songs but the best version I`ve ever heard of that wonderful song!
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Memories.... . m e m o r i e s . . . . . g o o d memories! I'm hoping their college hits album will come along on this feed.
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ptoma87728
the best group of its kind ever
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jpeters771
My wife and I love the Lettermen's music. Although their live performances do include some new songs, Tony is smart to keep doing the songs that made them a hit back in the 60's. They continue to pack out the music halls where they perform and hope they will continue doing that for many years to come.
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Reminiscent of a more innocent time and place in this nations history that's been lost forever. How sad . . .
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wish today's music was as good as this
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romancegirl1 9 6 3
Growning up, my parents listened to their records all the time. This music makes me think of a simpler time - the 60's! I just loved their music.
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Yes,ditto all the comments. Nothing like young love !
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wagosto
Memories ........
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Nanette could not have said it any better. Being a babyboomer from way back with time now to sometimes just listen, contentment with the memories they bring reigns...Hai l to Pandora for being so accessible ;-)
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stevenblomgr e n
My folks turned me on the to Lettermen. Great group with great taste and nice arrangements .
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Still one of the best sounding groups ever!
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nanette_fleu r g e m
I love The Lettermen!!! Their songs always transports me to the happy, carefree days ....when you're young and in love for the first time....My heart still skip a beat at times when I hear their songs!!
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Heard The Lettermen last night in The Villages, Fl (1/25/12 They were
fabulous! Brought back a lot of great memories!!
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The best Band ever. They even sing the song IKAW wow. great band. I love them
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Lettermen has been my favorite since the 60s until today.
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they were here this year but i think their old stuff is better. still good but not as good as they were with their old songs!!!
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tom92483
They come to Reno once a year and put on a great show.
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efl1949
I saw them in a concert at Western Ky U in 1968, they were fabulous and a big hit in a packed Diddle Arena. Still listen to them, what memories.
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Check out a trio called "Reunion", Two of them are former Lettermen. They are still doing concerts. We booked them for a fundraiser here in San Clemente two years ago and our audience loved them.
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love the lettermen!!! Didnt the association also do this song
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Their vocal harmony makes them a classic for all time.
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lawtofluv
what a comeback where have these guys been
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