• The Four Esquires


    The Four Esquires (Boston, Massachusetts)


     


    Personnel :

    Bill Courtney

    Frank Mahoney

    Wally Gold

    Bob Golden

     

     

    Discography :

    Singles :

    The Four Esquires
    1955 - Three Things / The Sphinx won't tell (Cadence 1260)
    1955 - Adorable / Thunderbolt (Cadence 1277)
    1956 - Follow me / Summer vacation (Pilgrim 717)
    1956 - Look Homeward Angel / Santo Domingo (London 1652)
    1957 - Song Of April /Everyone's Sweet On My Sugar (Paris 501)
    1957 - The Chopstick Rock / Never Look For Love (Paris 505)
    1957 - Love Me Forever/ I Ain't Been Right (Paris 509)
    1958 - Always And Forever / I Walk Down The Street (Paris 512)
    1958 - All Around The Clock / The Big Dance (Paris 515)
    1958 - Hideaway / Repeat After Me (Paris 520)
    1958 - Follow me / Land of you and me (Paris 526)
    1959 - Lucky Old Sun / Non E Cosi (Paris 531)
    1959 - Act Your Age / So Ends The Night (Paris 535)
    1959 - Wonderful One / Wouldn't It Be Wonderful (Paris 539)
    1960 - Make Them Mine / Peg O' My Heart (Paris 544)
    1960 - Sweet Sixteen She'll Never Be / The Chopstick Rock (Paris 549)
    1962 - Can't help falling in love / Merry-go-round of home (Terrace 7502)
    1969 - My Heart Belongs To Only You / Momma Look Sharp (Columbia 44996)

    Jack Gold & The Four Esquires
    1954 - Ev'rything / A Kiss Should Mean We're Sweethearts (Cadence 1242)

    Susan Capone & The Four Esquires
    1956 - Click-I-Dee, Click-I-Dee / Maybe Someday (Pilgrim 718)


    Eps :

    1956 - The Pajama game (Epic Ep 7056)
    Steam Heat

     


    Biography :

    Bill Courtney (lead singer) and backing vocalists Walter Gold, Robert Golden and Frank Mahoney were students at the University of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in the early 50s who harmonized for their own amusement to whatever instrumental accompaniment they could muster.

    "Follow me / Summer vacation"  on Pilgrim Charted at #43 on Cash Box Top Singles chart in January 1957. Released in July 1956 so it took quite awhile to get to the Cash Box chart. Though popular locally, they waited until they were sufficiently schooled before becoming professional entertainers.

       

    After London Records signed them in March 1956, "Look Homeward Angel" was a turntable hit, but it was eclipsed by Johnnie Ray's version. Their workmanlike "Love Me Forever' (augmented with a female session vocalist's obligato), was overshadowed by a US cover version by Eydie Gorme and one in Britain by Marion Ryan.

       

    "Love Me Forever" Charted at #25 on Billboard Hot 100 in November 1957 and #23 on UK Singles chart. The Four Esquires had two other Billboard chart records, "Look Homeward Angel" (#55 in May 1956)  and "Hideaway" (#21 in September 1958).

       

    While able to fill moderate-sized auditoriums and becoming a reliable support act in bigger venues, the Esquires clocked up no further chart entries and had disbanded by the early 60s

     


    Songs :

         
    Love Me Forever                     Follow me                   Look Homeward Angel

         
    Hideaway                         The Land of You and Me          Always And Forever

         
    The Chopstick Rock                   Steam Heat          Sweet Sixteen She'll Never Be

         
    Wonderful One             I Ain't Been Right Since You Left             Non E Cosi

       
    Three Things / The Sphinx Won't Tell     My Heart Belongs To Only You / Momma Look Sharp

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Comments

    1
    krobi
    Tuesday 9th February 2010 at 21:22
    Four Esquires
    The Four Esquires were a vocal quartet who first got together while at Boston University. They started cutting records for Epic Records in 1954,moving to the new Cadence label for the next year before landing at Pilgrim Records for 2' releases in 1956. Then it was one single for London Records in 1956 and soon were on some radio stations with "Look Homeward Angel." They soon switched over to Paris Records (another label named after a European capital) and hit the charts two more times. They remained on Paris for the bulk of their career from 1957-1960 with some dozen single.
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    Jay
    Friday 16th November 2012 at 10:30
    Four Esquires
    Hi I am a fan of them. Nice to find your website with all those info. Still got a problem to find two tracks ( for years now!) 1. Adorable 2. Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful Any chance for your help? Really appreciate:) regards Jay
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