Born Bernard Whalen Convy, 23 July 1933, St. Louis, Missouri
Bert Convy was the lead singers of the Cheers, a West Coast group, who had a # 6 hit in the autumn of 1955 with "Black Denim Trousers and Motor Cycle Boots". The Cheers featured Bert Convy, Gil Garfield and Sue Allen. The songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller used the group to sing demo records that Jerry and Mike had written. All five A-sides of their Capitol singles are Leiber-Stoller compositions and some of the B-sides too.
"Black Denim Trousers" was covered for the French market by none other than Edith Piaf, as "L'Homme A La Moto". I recently heard this version for the first time ; to my surprise, my daughter had it in her collection. Not exactly rock 'n' roll, but interesting, to say the least.
After recording two more singles in 1957 for Mercury, the Cheers broke up towards the end of that year. Convy decided to become an actor and later became a very popular television personality, playing in countless TV shows and hosting his own long-running show "Tattletales". He kept making occasional solo records, like the monster novelties "The Monster's Hop"/"The Gorilla" on Contender Records. At the end of "The Gorilla", the Purple People Eater ends up being eaten by a gorilla. The late 70s and early 80s brought continued success to Mr. Convy, including a nomination for an Emmy Award. In 1990, Bert became ill with a brain tumor and passed away on July 15, 1991, aged 57.
More info on the Cheers: http://www.thecheers.com/ Website: http://www.bertconvy.net/
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