Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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LETTERMEN, The

Pop vocal trio of '60s: Tony Butala (b 20 Nov. '40, Sharon PA), Jim Pike (b 6 Nov. '38, St Louis), Bob Engemann (b 19 Feb. '36, Highland Park MI) Began in L.A. '60, recorded for WB, switched to Capitol and had 20 Hot 100 entries '61-71, smooth harmony, shrewd choice of songs keeping them afloat during the British Invasion. Only top tens were "When I Fall In Love' '61, medley "Goin' Out Of My Head'/"Can't Take My Eyes Off You' '67, both no. 7. Jim's brother Gary replaced Bob '68; Butula kept trio going with further changes. Surprising 32 LPs charted '62-74, incl. compilations; biggest were A Song For Young Love '62, Best Of '66, Live '67 (incl. medley), Goin' Out Of My Head '68, Hurt So Bad '69.