Remembering vocalist and TV impresario AL ALBERTS, of THE FOUR ACES, on the anniversary of his birthday August 10 (he passed in 2009, age 87) . Starting in 1951, with “It’s No Sin,” the ‘aces’ graced the pop charts with a string of hits, on to Al’s solo career starting in 1957. He was an icon in Philadelphia, with his TV show ‘Al Alberts Showcase’ that enjoyed a long run on WPVI, in which he helped many careers such as ‘Sister Sledge’ & ‘Teddy Pendergrass’ get off the ground.
Initially, I met Al in 1987 prior to a performance in Ocean City, NJ, a total pro, in which during his monologue, he acknowledged my prescence (“…Eddie Collins of Power 106… WHLM Radio”) to the audience. We stayed in correspondence for a number of years that followed. His recording of “On The Way To Cape May,” remains a standard for many beachgoers.