The Bob Knight Four

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Formed in 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, USA, this doo-wop vocal group featured Bob Bovino aka Bob Knight (lead), Paul Ferrigno (first tenor), Ralph Garone (baritone) and John Ropers (bass). They initially…
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Formed in 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, USA, this doo-wop vocal group featured Bob Bovino aka Bob Knight (lead), Paul Ferrigno (first tenor), Ralph Garone (baritone) and John Ropers (bass). They initially started working as the Bobby Dells (a quintet additionally featuring second tenor Charlie Licarta) and practising standards of the day by the Heartbeats and Flamingos. They recorded one single under this guise, but ‘Hymn Of Love’ remained unreleased. Their debut record, ‘Good Goodbye’, was released on Laurel Records in 1961. Following a second Laurel effort, ‘For Sale’, the Bob Knight Four appeared as uncredited backing vocalists for rock ‘n’ roll artist Eddie Delmar. This engagement, ‘Love Bells’, was the first of four singles to combine group and singer, but the quartet received little recognition for their efforts. After Knight’s vocals were replaced by the female lead of Sandy Lynn on the Taurus Records single ‘So So Long’, which in ever other respect was the group’s debut, ‘Good Goodbye’, the quartet moved to Josie Records in 1962. However, neither the heavily orchestrated ‘Memories’ nor ‘Two Friends’ revived their fortunes. With line-up changes including the replacement of Bovino/Knight by Frank Iovino, and a returning Charlie Licarta replacing Paul Ferrigno, the group signed off with a final effort for Goal Records. ‘Tomorrow We’ll Be Married’ featured both the Angels and Tokens providing studio accompaniment, but its sentimental lyric and construction failed to win new supporters. The group disbanded in 1964, but like so many doo-wop groups found an opportunity to reform in the early 70s on the wave of a nostalgia boom. Versions of the group continued to perform in the New York area into the 90s.