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The Four Preps

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The Four Preps was a popular music quartet most popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The group originally consisted of Bruce Belland (born 22 October 1936, Chicago, Illinois), Ed Cobb, Marv Ingram, (originally named “Marvin Inabnett”) and Glen Larson (born 1937), who later become one of the most prolific creators and producers in the history of American television.

They had a minor chart hit that year with “Dreamy Eyes” and between 1956 and 1964 reached the top 100 charts with 13 different songs. The following year they appeared with Lindsay Crosby on the top-rated television special, The Edsel Show.

Their biggest hit was “26 Miles (Santa Catalina),” which was written by Belland and Larson and reached #2.

For a short period, Don Clarke replaced Marv Ingram while Marv finished college at UCLA, but he rejoined the group in 1960.

In 1960 they also recorded a parody single, “More Money for You and Me,” which included single parody verses of several popular songs by The Fleetwoods, The Hollywood Argyles, The Platters, The Four Freshmen, The Kingston Trio and Dion and the Belmonts. The title parody, sung to the tune of “Tom Dooley,” went like this:

Hang down the Kingston Trio,
Hang ‘em from a tall oak tree;
Eliminate the Kingston Trio;
More money for you and me.

In 1966, David Somerville, formerly of The Diamonds, joined the group replacing Cobb. Belland and Somerville continued occasionally to perform as a duo after the breakup.

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