Tony Butala Jim Pike and Bob Engemann first recorded as the Lettermen in 1960 for Warner Brothers, where Bob’s older brother Karl was a record producer. When Karl became president of A&R at Capitol records, the group followed him there. The Lettermen hit in 1961 with “The Way You Look Tonight” and “When I Fall In Love” and a year later with, “Come Back Silly Girl.” In 1965, their vocal version of “Theme for a Summer Place” returned them to the charts.
The Lettermen are known for their trademark close harmony singing and All-American clean cut appearance. They recorded more than 30 albums, four of which were certified gold: “The Lettermen!!!…And Live” in 1967, “Going Out of My Head” in 1968, “Best of the Lettermen” in 1969 and “Hurt so Bad” in 1970.
In 1967 Bob Engemann resigned, and was replaced by Jim Pike’s younger brother, Gary Pike. The Lettermen continued to their string of hits with “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Hurt So Bad” in 1970. In 1976, Jim Pike left the group, leaving Tony Butala as the last original member.
The Lettermen have sung and recorded in more than two dozen different languages and have been awarded eighteen gold records internationally.
With many concert appearances each year, The Lettermen have also been regulars on numerous top rated TV variety shows. The Lettermen today are comprised of Tony Butala , Donovan Tea, and Bobby Poyton.
The Lettermen were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2012.
Visit the Lettermen website here.