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After years of novelty and comedy records, the Four Preps made a completely serious album, How to Succeed in Love (If You're Really Trying). The low-key instrumental setting spotlights the group's harmonies like never before on songs like "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," "Lollipops and Roses," and "You Are My Special Angel." Two French-language songs underscore the gravity of the affair, but the album's highlight is a moody arrangement of the Ketty Lester hit "Love Letters." This isn't the style of music for which the Four Preps are known (although they often tossed in a serious song or two on their earlier albums), but it was probably seen in its day as a welcome antidote to the increasing silliness of their "campus" albums.


Formed: 1956 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The clean-cut West Coast-based Four Preps are best remembered for a string of Top 100 hits during the late '50s and early '60s, including "Twenty Six Miles (Santa Catalina)," "Big Man," "Down by the Station," "Lazy Summer Night," "Got a Girl," "It Ain't Never," "Moon River," "Lollipops and Roses," "My Special Angel," and others. Ultimately, the Four Preps' biggest influence can be heard via their impact on Brian Wilson, whose harmony-driven production for the Beach Boys was a direct antecedent of...
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