First, a bit of trivia: In addition to mentioning the Billboard Hot 100, I sometimes say that a record achieved a certain position on the Cash Box survey. Both measure popularity of a song in the United States, but rarely do the two chart positions match. I was curious, so I looked it up and found out why: Billboard uses multiple measures to determine a song’s popularity (sales, radio plays, jukebox plays, downloads etc.), Cash Box looks only at sales. The print edition of Cash Box ceased publication in 1996, then the name was revived in 2006 for the Cashbox website. Billboard‘s measure is the more-or-less official one, so when you see that a song went to #3, it means on the Hot 100.
Now that we have that out of the way…
Al Alberts, Dave Mahoney, Lou Silvestri, and Rosario “Sod” Vaccaro were The Four Aces, a Philadelphia-based vocal group that had several hit records, including “Perfidia,” “Stranger In Paradise,” and “Tell Me Why.” They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.
The group had two #1 hits on the Billboard “Best Sellers In Stores” chart (the forerunner of the Hot 100). The first was “Three Coins in the Fountain” in 1954, which also topped the Cash Box chart and was #5 in the UK.
The second was 1955’s “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing.” It also reached #1 on the Cash Box survey and #2 in the UK.
Alberts attempted a solo career in 1958, and was replaced by Fred Diodati. Mahoney and Vaccaro left the group shortly after, and were replaced by Tony Alesi and Joe Giglio. Alberts, Mahoney, and Vaccaro re-formed the original group and asked Silvestri to join them; he was replaced by Diodati, who added Harry Heisler. After a 1975 lawsuit awarded Diodati’s group the right to the Four Aces name, the original members called themselves “The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts.” The original group retired the act in 1987 and all four members have passed away, while the other group continues to this day, Alesi having been replaced by Danny Colingo.
The Four Aces, your Two For Tuesday, December 12, 2017.