The Four Preps are an American popular music male quartet. In the s, s, and s, The Four Preps - The Big Surprise group amassed eight gold singles and three gold albums. The Four Preps' numerous television and motion picture appearances included four years backing teen heartthrob Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and appearing with Sandra Dee in the film Gidget.
The four original members were students at Hollywood High School and were signed to a recording contract by Capitol Recordsafter one of Capitol's executives saw them at a talent show at that school in Their biggest hit was "26 Miles Santa Catalina ," which was written by Belland and Larson in and reached number 2 early the following year.
The record sold over one million copies, earning a gold disc. Belland and Larson also wrote "Big Man", which reached number 3 inand composed new lyrics for the older tune " Down by the Station ", which peaked at number 13 in Many Four Preps records were arranged by their high school friend and piano accompanist Lincoln Mayorga. Beguine Dodói - Maria Alcina - Maria Alcinathe group appeared as themselves in the film Gidget.
The title The Four Preps - The Big Surprisesung to the tune of " Tom Dooley ," went like this:. In they released another novelty record "The Big Draft" where they "Suggest" a couple of american groups to go drafting themselves by parodying their songs. The group last appeared on the Billboard Hot singles chart inwhen " A Letter to The Beatles " charted for a total of three weeks beginning March 21, The Four Preps - The Big Surprise at number 85 before being pulled from The Four Preps - The Big Surprise . Inthe group disbanded, as their type of music had become less popular.
Belland and Somerville occasionally performed as a duo after the breakup. Belland continued writing songs for other singers, as well as writing television show scripts, eventually becoming a network executive. Belland was a producer on several game shows in the s for Ralph Edwards Productions. Cobb became a record producer and sound engineer. Ingram became a commodities broker. In MarchIngram died of a heart attack; [ citation needed To All D.J.s - Warren G - Take A Look Over Your Shoulder (Reality) Cobb died of leukemia in Honolulu, Hawaii later the same year.
Somerville died on July 14, Belland's daughters, Tracey Bryn Belland and Melissa Brooke Belland, followed in their father's footsteps as singers, forming a group named Voice of the Beehive. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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