SOURCE: The Lettermen

July 09, 2010 11:02 ET

NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday Hosts The Lettermen -- July 11, 2010

Iconic Close Harmony Group Celebrates a New CD and Fifty Years in Show Business

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) -  NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday will feature an interview with iconic close harmony group, The Lettermen. Host Liane Hansen interviewed The Lettermen in NPR's Cleveland studio in June. The Lettermen are celebrating fifty years in show business and have released an all new CD, "New Directions 2010," recorded with a contemporary big band sound and arrangements provided by Les Brown Jr.'s Band Of Renown.

Founding member Tony Butala formed The Lettermen in 1958. The group shot to stardom when they landed at Capitol Records in the early 1960's and a B-side version of the romantic ballad "The Way You Look Tonight" reached No. 13 on Billboard. The group's second single that year, "When I Fall In Love," another soft, slow ballad, hit No. 7, establishing The Lettermen as the most romantic singing group of the sixties. In their prolific twenty-five year contract with Capitol Records, The Lettermen had twenty-five hit singles, thirty-two consecutive Billboard chart albums, eleven gold records, and five Grammy nominations. The group's fan base remains huge; they play over one hundred fifty dates a year on college campuses, cruises, in Las Vegas showrooms, private events and sports stadiums and foreign tours.

"The Lettermen - New Directions 2010" is available from Encore Music Presents Records LLC as well as online at iTunes.

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