Canadian brothers John and Ray Perkins joined Rudi Maugeri and Pat Barrett to form one of the top international vocal groups of the early rock era. Cleveland, Ohio’s top disc jockey in the 1950’s, Bill Randle, gave them their name, “the Crewcuts,” and is credited with helping the group land a recording contract with Mercury Records.
Their entrance to the Hit Parade “Crazy ‘Bout You Baby,” gave them their first top ten hit in 1954. It was immediately followed by a #1 million selling pop version of “Sh-Boom” also a top five hit for the R&B group, The Chords. In 1955, originally a top ten hit by The Penguins, “Earth Angel” struck gold for the Crew Cuts with their top five version of the song.
With two more million selling singles, “Ko Ko Mo” and “Gum Drop” in 1955, the Crew Cuts also hit with “Don’t Be Angry,” “A Story Untold,” “Angels In The Sky,” “Mostly Martha” and “Seven Days.”
With more than three dozen singles and albums to their credit, in 1984 the Crew Cuts along with the Diamonds and the Four Lads were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame. In 2011 the Crew Cuts were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.