Born: March 31, 1929 | Died: March 25, 2008 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Gene Puerling, leader of the innovative vocal quartet the Hi-Lo's and a noted vocal arranger whose sophisticated harmonies influenced the sound of other groups, including the Beach Boys
The Hi-Lo's rich sound sprang from Puerling arrangements that could make other performers swoon. Jazz pianist and TV host Steve Allen is said to have called the Hi-Lo's the best vocal group of all time. Singer Bing Crosby reportedly said: These guys are so good they can whisper in harmony.
Puerling exhumed songs from the past and reinvigorated them, creating a catalog of grand American standards, Don Gold, a former Downbeat magazine editor, wrote in 2002 in the Chicago Tribune....