LETTERMEN GROUP BIOGRAPHY

The beautiful voices of the singing trio, The Lettermen, first hit the music charts in 1961 with "The Way You Look Tonight." Their voices blended as one and after following that first hit with another chart topper, "When I Fall In Love," they were voted best vocal group of that year.

The original singers: Tony Butala, Jim Pike and Bob Engemann continued to stay on top with beautiful harmony and love songs, while becoming one of the top college concert attractions of the 1960's. They brought words to the Percy Faith hit: "Theme From A Summer Place," revived the classic Charlie Chaplin song: "Smile," warmed us with"Our Winter Love", they begged "Come Back Silly Girl," made everyone's "Graduation Day" memorable, and came out, in 1966, with one of the most loved Holiday albums ever recorded: "For Christmas This Year." Late 1967, brought about, on a "Live" album, perhaps the group's most loved and requested hit: the medley of "Goin' Out Of My Head / Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

In 1967, Engemann left the group and was replaced by Jim's younger brother, Gary Pike and the magic continued with hits like: "Up, Up And Away," "Hurt So Bad," "Shangri-La," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," and the John Lennon penned "Love." And in 1973, when Jim left the group the youngest Pike brother Donny took over and the magic continued with hits like: "Cherish / Precious and Few," "World Without Love," "If You Feel The Way I Do," "Feelings," "What I Did For Love," and Donny's own"Thank You Girl." During this time the group's success took off in Japan and they scored with hits like "Mr. Lonely" and "Sealed With A Kiss.

Throughout the 70's and 80's and 90's and 2000's, The Lettermen continued to release albums and travel the world, performing hundreds of concerts each year. Members who contributed their wonderful vocal talents to the Lettermen sound include: Doug Curran, Don Campeau, Ralph "Chad" Nichols, Darren Dowler, Ernie Pontiere, Mark Preston, among others (see the Member Timeline section for more information). Their beautiful harmony truly is timeless. The current Lettermen consist of Tony Butala (The group's only original member), Donovan Scott Tea (an accomplished singer and songwriter who joined the group in 1984) and Bobby Poynton (who originally joined the trio in 1990 and returned in August 2011). Their recording career continues going strong, with their renditions of "All I Ask Of You," "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)," "Unchained Melody", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "My Heart Will Go On" and some of Donovan Tea's own songs, "One More Summer Night," "When I Look At Children", "Daddy's Girl" and "She's A Woman."

December 2003 brought about a brand new Christmas album entitled THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. And inquire about Donovan's new CD release featuring two solos that he wrote: Daddy's Girl and A Little Boy's Prayer. Both the Christmas CD and Donovan's songs are also available through The Lettermen Fan Society. Also, available now is the first CD release of the original recordings of the 1987 album WHY I LOVE HER. In December 2005, a DVD was released of a December 2004 Christmas concert. It is entitled THE LETTERMEN - THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR and features 20 Holiday favorites! January 2007 brought about an outstanding new Live in Concert CD release of THE LETTERMEN LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES. 2010, brought about yet another first for the trio... a Big Band CD! THE LETTERMEN NEW DIRECTIONS, which they recorded with Les Brown Jr and His Band of Renown.