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The Norm Wooster Singers

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Brooklyn NY, United States

NORM WOOSTER:
THE MYTH AND THE LEGEND

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It is one of the great ironies of the Twentieth Century that pop idol Norm Wooster is best known for a song which he did not, in fact, perform on. “Lovin’ You Lots And Lots,” a #1 single for three days during the Fall of 1964, was actually recorded by Wooster’s backup band, the Norm Wooster Singers, after a bitter breakup.

Norm Wooster (b. Normauceau Woostechevski, Brooklyn NY, Nov. 12, 1932) was the self-titled “King of Barbershop,” at one time an international pop idol whose fortunes eclipsed even those of stars such as Jim Nabors, Zev Damone and Guy Smiley. Wooster came from a musical family. His father, George “Poppa” Wooster, was a Trans-Lithonian immigrant who led a regional dance orchestra in the early 1920s, and pioneered the crooner style along with Russ Columbo and Bing Crosby. Wooster’s mother, Evelyn Bain, began her career in Vaudeville, eventually gaining national fame as the featured vocalist in her future husband’s big band, the Poppacats (pictured below). In addition to leading one of the Midwest’s most popular dance bands, George Wooster is also noted for helping launch the careers of early jazz legends such as Ben Pollack, “Wildman” Tommy Uebel, and guitarist Emmet Ray.


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