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Thursday, January 23, 2020  

The Close Harmony of The Four Lads Comes To Denver May 4Published 4/18/2005

For the last 40 years "The Four Lads" have brought exciting and truly "GOLDEN" performances to receptive audiences around the world. The Four Lads will continue their musical history, bringing an exciting and truly "golden" performance to seniors at the 16th Annual Salute to Seniors on May 4.

The Lads’ unique style captures hearts and brings back many a memory. The magical formula will keep the audience in love by providing many wonderful Moments to Remember!

Led by tenor Bernie Toorish, The Four Lads formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1950 as The Four Dukes but had to change it after an act from Detroit laid claim to the moniker. Today the group is led by Frankie Busseri, the only remaining Original Member of The Four Lads. Singing bass, Frankie is "the Old Man" of the group, as he has been the group leader, manager, mainstay, Shining Light, and Keeper of the Flame for over 50 years always on guard to maintain the original sound and musical standards of the Lads. He was inducted into the Group Singers Hall of Fame on September 16, 2003.

Frankie is accompanied by Don Farrar, lead tenor; Aaron Bruce, second tenor; and Alan Sokoloff, Bariton.

All the original members were former St. Michael’s Choir Boys making honest effort of their stock in trade four-part harmonies which they were able to parlay into a string of pop hits during the pre-rock era.

In 1951, they were signed by Mitch Miller to Columbia Records as background singers. In 1952, the Lads were signed by Columbia Records with their first big hit "The Mockingbird". Releasing a total of 73 sides, among their classics are "Rain, Rain, Rain"; "Turn Back"; "My Little Angel," "Skokian," and "Moments to Remember" (which reach number two on the pop charts in 1955. Their great success story includes the sale of some 50 million singles and albums to date.

Opening on stage for The Four Lads, is the Barrel Man from the Denver Broncos dressed in an orange barrel and a cowboy hat. He will also meet and greet attendees.

Spend the day and enjoy the traditional information fair featuring over 125 exhibitors including alternative medicine, housing, health care, recreation, entertainment, and social service agencies. Festivities will include health screenings, sign-ups for the Medicare Part D Help Program, just released copies of the Senior Resource Guidebook, and much more.

A new feature in the expanded space at the New Colorado Convention Center will include demonstrations by personal trainers, pet therapists, practicing your golf swing, enrolling in college courses, tips for fly fishing, and temple rubbings. Discount tickets for the Colorado Rockies will be on sale.

There will more educational programs on Medicare Part D, housing, financial services, legal issues, and staying healthy. Free prizes galore and lots of give-aways to take home will top the day’s events.

Doors open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets are $7 for the first ticket and $3.50 for the second ticket. Lunch is on your own. The new Convention Center features its’ own parking lot at Speer and Stout Streets with early bird parking fees of $5 if in before 9:00 am.

Tickets can be purchased by sending cash, credit card or check to Colorado Gerontological Society, 3006 East Colfax, Denver, CO 80206 or calling 303-333-3482 or at www.senioranswers.org

Eileen Doherty, MS
Executive Director of Senior Answers and Services and the Colorado Gerontological Society
Eileen Doherty, MS Executive Director of Senior Answers and Services and the Colorado Gerontological Society
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