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The Sandpipers were a US easy listening trio/quartet who carved a little niche for themselves in the world of 60s folk rock. Founder members Jim Brady, Mike Piano, and Richard Shoff first performed together in the Mitchell Boys Choir before deciding to go it alone, with no sense of irony, as 'The Four Seasons'. It was quickly pointed out to them that a group of that name already existed in New York and they changed their name to 'The Grads'. Easy listening music is a style of popular music which emerged in the mid-20th century. ... Generally speaking, a trio or threesome is a group of three. ... For Segas arcade game, see Quartet. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde On Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... The Four Seasons can refer to: Season, the annual cycle of the astronomical, geographic, and climatic phenomenon The Four Seasons (group), a singing group led by Frankie Valli The Four Seasons (Vivaldi), the collective name for four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Piazzolla), the collective name for...

Although The Grads didn't set the charts on fire with their early recordings, they were enough to secure them a residency in a Lake Tahoe nightclub where a friend brought them to the attention of trumpet playing A&M Records boss, Herb Alpert. Alpert was impressed enough to give The Grads a shot, but after a couple of singles without success the group agreed upon a name change to 'The Sandpipers' (Apparently blissfully unaware that there was a girl trio in Florida [1] using that name), after which their producer, Tommy LiPuma, recommended they record the Cuban anthem 'Guantanamera', and the boys finally had their first hit... Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay State Park Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada, on the border between California and Nevada, near Carson City. ... It has been suggested that Disco Bar be merged into this article or section. ... Trumpeter redirects to here. ... A&M Records is a record label formed in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. ... Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass debut album, The Lonely Bull. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Tommy LiPuma is an American music producer. ... An anthem is a choral composition to an English religious text sung in church services. ... Guantanamera (The girl from Guantánamo) is perhaps the best known Cuban song and that countrys most noted patriotic song. ...

...except they were no longer just 'Boys' and no longer a trio. With the name change came a fourth member. Although sidelined by the original trio for reasons which may never become clear, Pamela Ramcier had now become an integral part of The Sandpipers' sound. Her lyricless vocals were used much like a second string section, adding what several reviewers described as an "Ethereal" quality to The Sandpipers' sound.

'Guantanamera' charted in the US in September, and in the UK the following month, and remains the group's biggest hit. Nevertheless they had many lesser chart entries, including a 'Guantanamera-ized' version of Richard Berry's Louie Louie, and songs from the movies The Sterile Cuckoo and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Richard Berry (April 11, 1935-January 23, 1997) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Louie, Louie is a pop song written by Richard Berry in 1955. ... The Sterile Cuckoo is a 1969 film which tells the story of a quirky young couple whose relationship deepens despite their differences. ... Movie poster (1970) Australian DVD cover Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a 1970 drama film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, and Michael Blodgett. ...

Having not had a hit in the previous 5 years, The Sandpipers finally broke up in 1975.

There is/was a South African group called the Sandpipers. None of the US group are in the line up and it is assumed that the two groups have no connection beyond their name.

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