The Four Lads

Inducted in 1984

Before rock & roll took over the charts and became a decades-spawning cultural phenomenon, Toronto-spawned vocal group The Four Lads dominated the early 1950s North American pop scene. Their four-part harmonies and clean-cut image helped make hits of songs like “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” “Moments to Remember” and “No, Not Much!” in both America and Canada.

The group emerged from Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School in 1947. The original quartet consisted of teenaged friends Jimmy Arnold (lead tenor), Frank Busseri (baritone), Connie Codarini (bass), and Bernie Toorish (tenor and arranger). They would sing at local hotels under the name The Four Dukes.

Career Highlights


Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame


Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame


“Moments to Remember” hit No. 2 on the American singles chart

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CMA/Lenny Ditson (management)-James Kriegsmann, New York, photographer.
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Quick Fact

The Four Lads perform “Standing On The Corner” on The Mike Douglas Show in 1962