The Four Coins

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The group in 1954

The Four Coins were a popular vocal group, consisting of Jimmy Gregorakis, George Mantalis, and brothers George and Jack Mahramas. They were all of Greek heritage and came from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.[1] A local orchestra leader, Lee Barrett, took them to audition in Cincinnati, Ohio and this led to their cutting some high-charting records and appearing on television. This also led to a recording contract with Columbia Records.[2]

The group used the name the Four Keys until they learned another vocal group had it under copyright. They then became The Four Coins.[2]

In 1970, however, they left show business to tend to family obligations, not performing again until 2003, when they performed two final shows back in their home town.

They appeared in the 1957 Warner Brothers rock and roll movie Jamboree singing the song "A Broken Promise".[1]

George Mantalis died of lung cancer on December 10, 2016, at the age of 81.[3]

Recorded songs[edit]

  • I Love You Madly"/"Maybe"— Epic 9082 U.S. - Year: 1955
  • Memories of You" U.S. - 1955
  • Shangri-La (1946 song)" U.S.- Year: 1957
  • Shangri-La / First in line - Repress Memory Lane (epic) US - 5-2212 - Year; ?
  • My Anxious Heart/Oh Mother Dear"—Epic 9091- Year: 1955
  • That's the Way/Promises Promises"— Epic 9104 - Year: 1955
  • Story Untold/Magnolia"— Epic 9107 - Year: 1955
  • The Song that Brought Us Together/Need You"—Epic 9116 - Year: 1955
  • Memories of You/Tear Down the Fence"—Epic 9129 - Year: 1955
  • My One Sin/This Life" Epic 5-9229 U.S - Year: 1957
  • Follow Your Heart/A Broken Promise" Epic 5-9253 - Year: 1957
  • My Love Loves Me/New World" Epic 5-9258 - Year: 1957
  • Dream World/One Life, One Love" - Epic 9276 - Year: 1958
  • The World Outside" - Epic 5-9295 U.S.- Year: 1958
  • They Say"/"Jimmy San"-Vee-Jay 474 - Year: 1962
  • Nina"/"(Little Darlin') Take A Bow"-Vee-Jay 551 - Year: 1963
  • My One Sin"/"A Broken Promise", H101, UK. "A Broken Promise" was performed in the Warner Brothers movie Jamboree (1957 film) - Year; 1957

Albums[edit]

  • The Four Coins Greek Songs
  • The Four Coins in Shangri-La

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ""Four Coins" Here for Fourth". The Indiana Gazette. June 30, 1961. p. 41. Retrieved January 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "The Four Coins Bid for Fame". Daily notes. September 1, 1954. p. 1. Retrieved January 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Scott Mervis (December 13, 2016). "Obituary: George Michael Mantalis / A member of hit singing group The Four Coins". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 

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