If you’ve been following the pop, rock and doo wopp circuit for the last 20 years or so, you’ve probably come to accept that David Somerville has always been there. The original lead singer of The Diamonds became a mainstay on multi-act concerts featuring the best artists of the 1950s and 1960s, but he wasn’t
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The Lettermen enjoyed a 25-year-long string of hits with Capitol Records that produced some of the most enchanting recordings of the era – “When I Fall in Love”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Theme From A Summer Place”, “Goin’ Out of My Head / Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (the first hit record ever to completely integrate two songs as one) and “Hurt So Bad”. Their signature sound made romantic standards of songs such as “Smile,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Shangri-La,” “Love,” “Traces / Memories” and many more.
The breathy lead voice you hear on almost all of the group’s hit recordings belongs to Tony Butala, who still leads the group today. Butala estimates that the group made some 200 appearances on television shows including shows such as Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” series, “Shindig”, and “Hullabaloo”. They were interviewed and performed on talk shows and variety shows with Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Jack Paar, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, Dinah Shore, and many others throughout the 60’s and 70’s, cultivating new crops of fans. The Lettermen have also enjoyed international success touring Japan, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany, France, South America, Canada, Mexico and even Saudi Arabia.