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Click the picture above to see Craig Thornton's full interview with music trio The Lettermen before their show in Watertown. The artists are live tonight (Friday April 21) at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown at 7:30pm. The show is sponsored by DPAO.
- By Craig Thornton
You may not know their name, but you know their music. The Lettermen recorded their first record in 1962, and they are still making music and still entertaining audiences today. They are iconic, they are legendary and they were in Watertown for a DPAO concert on Friday, April 21.
“Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “When I Fall in Love” are some of their most famous hits, but you don’t last over fifty years by relying on your hits; The Lettermen, which is now made up of founding member Tony Butala, Donovan Tea, and Bobby Poynton who both joined in the 1980’s, are constantly finding new ways to bring their unique harmony to audiences. Donovan calls this Lettermenizing songs; a concept whereby their inimitable harmonizing can infuse old songs, new songs, Broadway standards and songs from so many genres with their signature vocals and eternal warmth. Ultimately it all comes down to love; love songs that is. You may be surprised by their career longevity, but they aren’t. They know love songs will always be in demand, and there isn’t anyone who can do love songs like The Lettermen.
I especially love “The Best of Broadway” album from 2008. Check out my full interview, with these amazing artists; of special interest is their origin story, which is one of the most interesting I have ever heard.
The Lettermen website, where you can buy music and check out their amazing history.