Gene Puerling, leader of the innovative vocal quartet the Hi-Lo's and a noted vocal arranger whose sophisticated harmonies influenced the sound of other groups, including the Beach Boys, died on March 25, 2008. He was 78.MORE
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In 1953, Gene Puerling, and his friend, Bob Strasen met up with Clark Burroughs and Bob Morse (who at the time were vocalists with the Encores) and formed a vocal group called the Hi-Lo’s. This group of guys brought the harmonics of popular music to a standard that previously only the Four Freshmen had been associated with. The Hi-Lo’s were a very fitting name as not only did they have one of the widest vocal ranges of all time, but also two of the members were short and two were tall! They are also one of the few groups where you can really understand the words they are singing! After a slow start with a label called Trend, they signed a deal with Starlite Records and began working with the orchestral arranger Frank Comstock at Goldstar and Capitol Studios. This was the beginning of a recording career that would produce another 20 plus LP’s over the next 9 years for various labels such as Columbia, Reprise, and Kapp. The critics loved this group with it’s tight harmonies and precision. The arrangements were fresh and often a little weird, but always fun and exciting. Their big break came in 1956 when they landed a lucrative position as the resident group on the "Rosemary Clooney Show." After such exposure, they were finally recognized as an up and coming group. Bob Morse would gain more than the other members of the group as he was regularly singled out to duet with Rosemary Clooney. Columbia Records were quick to realize the potential of this gifted quartet and offerend them a contract in the latter part of that year. The first album under this label, "Suddenly It’s the Hi-Lo’s" sold 100,000+ copies and was promoted on the "Nat King Cole TV Show" as well. WEB LINKS
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The Hi-Lo's were one of the more creative and influential male vocal quartets of the 1950s, matching intricate harmonies with standards that were given big band-pop arrangements. Forming in Los Angeles in the early 1950s, they began recording in 1953, just in time for the LP era
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