The Hi-Lo's: An Appreciation
Clark Burroughs, reportedly still possessing his famous laser tenor voice, fronts his own group called L’arc in Los Angeles. Don Shelton remains active as a member of the Johnny Mann Singers,and as an instrumentalist in the Los Angeles studios. He is also a member of two well-known LA-based groups: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and, arranger/composer/pianist extraordinaire Clare Fischer’s Clarinet Choir.
Although both Puerling and Burroughs are now in their early 70s, and Shelton is 69, fans of the Hi-Lo’s—-of which I’m proud to be onecontinue to hope that one more recording is possible. Hey, if you don’t wish...?
Almost all of the group’s 16 recordings are now available. The best of the best include the aforementioned And All That Jazz, released now as Harmony in Jazz as part of a two-fer with Suddenly. The groups’ ballad side is showcased on another great two-fer called Love Nest/All Over the Place. Clare Fischer’s three vocal arrangements for the quartet (Mr. Fischer was the groups’ musical director/accompanist in the late 50s to early 60s) on Love Nest is worth the price of the entire CD alone. Another wonderful release is a two-fer of two of their earlier recordings for Starlight called Hi-Lo's Under Glass/The Hi-Lo's, I Presume. The arrangements on such classics as "Speak Low", "Jeepers Creepers", "Rockin' Chair", "Chinatown", and "Georgia On My Mind" are equally great.
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