John "Bernie" Toorish Singer

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John "Bernie" Toorish Singer

Post by caappy » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:19 am

The Four Lads launched their professional career in 1950, singing in local clubs around Toronto, Canada. All of the original members had been choirboys. Lead vocalist Bernie Toorish (born John Bernard Toorish on March 2, 1931) had grown up in a musical family and began performing at the age of three. In elementary school, he studied violin and as an eighth grader at St. Michael Choir School, greatly impressed by the Golden Gate Quartet, he had already been performing gospel and church music with a group called the Jordanaires (not the backing vocalists for Elvis Presley). The Four Lads were experts at close harmony and a cappella and were very much influenced by Negro spirituals and gospel music. They scored a number of pop Top 100 hits during the early '50s, including "The Mockingbird" (1952), "Skokian" (1954), "Moments to Remember" (1955), and "No, Not Much!" and "Standing on the Corner" (both in 1956). Their initial break came while backing Johnny Ray on his early-'50s hits "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried" for Columbia Records.

Sent him 2 photos on 9 Jul and got them back signed on 21 Jul. He signed them Bernie..

Mr John "Bernie" Toorish
c/o The Four Lads
5212 Berkshire Dr.
North Olmsted, OH 44070

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Re: John "Bernie" Toorish Singer

Post by admin » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:47 am

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