MOUNT VERON — The Community Concert Association of Knox County is proud to bring The Four Aces to perform at the Memorial Theater on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., as the last offering in the 2011-12 season. A brief introduction of next year’s concert season will be shown prior to the performance.
Readers may recall or have heard of the Four Seasons, the Four Tops, the Four Freshmen or the Four Lads, but these are The Four Aces. Originated in 1950 by singer Al Alberts of Philadelphia with his Navy friend, Dave Mahoney playing piano, they added trumpet and drums to make a foursome. Their first million-copy record was titled “It’s (No) Sin” and Decca Records signed them on as The Four Aces in 1951.
Alberts left the group in 1958 and was replaced with Fred Diodati. The other three members of the group have been replaced since then but the sound, phrasing and intonation are remarkably familiar. They sing all the old songs the original group had made popular at one time. On a side note, in 1975, in a lawsuit filed by the original group, the court awarded Diodati and the “new” group the exclusive rights to use The Four Aces name. The old group was permitted to perform as The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts, which they did until retirement in 1987.
Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001, the current performers are Fred Diodati, Joe Giglio, Harry Heisler and Danny Colingo. The program is sure to include “Three Coins In A Fountain,” “Tell Me Why,” “Dream,” “Sincerely,” “Stranger In Paradise” and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing,” among other favorites.
As usual, individual tickets are for sale at the box office when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Children and students under the age of 22 are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. More information is available from Rosemarie Lehane at 740-599-5085 or online at www.ccaofknoxcounty.com. and on Facebook.
Published on April 11, 2012