The Lettermen

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Chart Topping Vocal Group of the 1960's and 1970's

The vocal group The Lettermen had 16 Top Ten singles, 11 gold records, and five Grammy nominations. Their song "When I Fall in Love," reached number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1962.  The most popular and memorable of their songs include the medley "Goin' Out of My Head"/"Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", "Hurt So Bad", "The Way You Look Tonight”, "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "Sealed With A Kiss".  Four of their albums were certified Gold:  The Lettermen!!!...And "Live" (1967), Goin' Out Of My Head (1968), Best of The Lettermen (1969), and Hurt So Bad (1970). During the 60’s and 70s the Lettermen made over 200 television appearances on Ed Sullivan, The Red Skelton Show, American Bandstand, Holly Palace, Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Jack Paar, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, Dinah Shore and more.  They toured with George Burns, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Bill Cosby and performed on the bills with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Jimmy Durante, Debbie Reynolds, Sam Cooke, and Sammy Davis Jr.

Tony Butula, a native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, is the founding member and leader of the Lettermen.   At age seven Tony began singing professionally around Sharon.  He appeared on KKDA radio’s "Starlets on Parade" show in 1948 at age eight.  In 1951 he moved to California with his mother to help a sick aunt.  In Hollywood Tony joined the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, an ensemble that performed in movies, television, and radio. With the choir Tony performed in the movies "White Christmas", "Peter Pan", "War of the Worlds", and "On Moonlight Bay."  The Lettermen were formed in 1958 and signed with Capital Records in 1961. Their first Top 40 Gold record "The Way You Look Tonight" reached #13 on the charts. They had 32 songs on the Billboard charts over their career.

The Lettermen were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.