Music Series # 1 - My Vinyl Records Collection featuring The Lettermen

The Lettermen (with: L-R Bob Engemann, Jim Pike and Tony Butala)
The Lettermen (with: L-R Bob Engemann, Jim Pike and Tony Butala) | Source

Mission Possible

This hubber literally ransacked a local radio station for the acquisition of the remaining vinyl records that were replaced by radio automation system on the computer. His friend personally requested for the DIY (do-it-yourself) mission and a fruitful outcome resulted.

No harassment was done for the visiting hubber (a former announcer himself). The radio technician also nodded for his approval and said that the clutter inside the radio station will be lessen because of travel man.

The most important thing is: he was able to prolong the life of those vinyl records, waiting to be played again.

First Feature: The Lettermen

Six vinyl records of  The Lettermen were brought home by travel_man1971 and immediately he played it one by one, much to the amusement of his neighbors. He usually play it during Sundays for a more relaxed period of rest and communion with the Almighty God.

By just listening to the trio, interpreting songs in a heaven-like harmony of voices,  problems are momentarily forgotten as your mind travels along with the beautiful music emanating from the group.

Never mind the scratches or hissing sound at the beginning of the record. As long as it is playable, the immortality of the songs will never be tampered by those glitches.


Taking Care of the Vinyl Records

If you still have collections of it in your homes, please take note of the following:

  1. Store it in a cool, dry place. Moist environment can accumulate fungi on it. Heat can curl up the vinyl records.
  2. Clean it from dust with a clean cheesecloth.
  3. Don't rub alcohol on it for cleaning. It can distort the recording.
  4. Always have a plastic casings to cover the vinyl one by one.
  5. Don't let the children play it. It will be broken , I'm sure of that.

Note: If you want to convert it into mp3 music, Audacity is the best free software to use. You must buy a peripheral or plug-ins to be used in order to convert it from the vinyl player into the computer. The procedure is somewhat tedious, but I'll stick to the original vinyl sound. I'll convert it  later.

The Lettermen - I Have Dreamed (1969) c/o MrMusicman1971

Salvaged Lettermen's LP albums

  1. The Best of The Lettermen (1966) - It showcased the #1 song: When I Fall In Love at AC (American Countdown). You can also enjoy another chart-topper, The Way Look Tonight and my personal favorite, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.
  2. The Best of The Lettermen, Vol. 2 (1968) - enjoys airplay time bacause of this medley: Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You.  Check out other covers, like: The Impossible Dream, Sealed With A Kiss and the surprisingly beautiful Volare (Italian song: Let's Fly) with an American touch.
  3. I Have Dreamed (1969) - This hubber also included a video of the title cut. Among the songs you can enjoy on the album are: Traces, I Love How You Love Me, California Dreamin' and other covers.
  4. All-Time Greatest Hits (1973) - The theme from : A Summer's Place (movie) banners this LP album. The did a cover of Paul Anka's hit: Put Your Head On My Shoulder.
  5. Love Is (1993) - Side A features single 1: What I Did For Love, a classic song. Check out other covers , like: Barbra Streisand's Evergreen, Neil Sedaka's Breaking Up Is Hard To Doand Boz Scaggs' We're All Alone.
  6. The Lettermen and WEA Various Artists, Vol. II (1994) - This is the second installment of the tribute of the Philippine music industry for the group. The trio did two cuts, namely: Midnight Blue and I'm Coming Home.

Note: This hubber never intended to violate the copyrights of these albums. This hub was made for reference and for the enjoyment of those who like the artists.

A Hubber's Collection: The Lettermen

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The Lettermen - I Have Dreamed (1969) (Photo by Travel Man, April 18, 2011)The Best of The Lettermen (1966) (Photo by Travel Man)The Best of The Lettermen, Vol. 2 (1968) (Photo by Travel Man)The Lettermen - Love Is (1993) (Photo by Travel Man)The Lettermen : All-Time Gtreatest Hits (1976) (Photo by Travel Man)The Lettermen & WEA Various Artists (1994) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Lettermen - I Have Dreamed (1969) (Photo by Travel Man, April 18, 2011)
The Lettermen - I Have Dreamed (1969) (Photo by Travel Man, April 18, 2011)
The Best of The Lettermen (1966) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Best of The Lettermen (1966) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Best of The Lettermen, Vol. 2 (1968) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Best of The Lettermen, Vol. 2 (1968) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Lettermen - Love Is (1993) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Lettermen - Love Is (1993) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Lettermen : All-Time Gtreatest Hits (1976) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Lettermen : All-Time Gtreatest Hits (1976) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Lettermen & WEA Various Artists (1994) (Photo by Travel Man)
The Lettermen & WEA Various Artists (1994) (Photo by Travel Man)

Getting To Know The Lettermen (1959 - present)

The group was formed in the late 1950s with Tony Butala as the regular singer, until these days. Bob Engemann and Jim Pike completed the trio who recorded successful LP (long playing in vinyl) albums. Bob and Jim resigned in different years and were replaced by Donovan Tea and Mark Preston. The new trio has been dubbed as the best sounding group and best combination of voices up to the present.

The Lettermen was rivaled by a five-member R & B group with the same name, but the latter conceded when they had their first hit record. The trio was awarded to use the name exclusively.

The Lettermen were unknown until they signed with Capitol Records in 1961. Their first single for Capitol, "The Way You Look Tonight," succeeded on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart. Their next, "When I Fall in Love," reached the Top 10 in late 1962 and hit #1 on AC.

They had several other Top 10 AC hits, such as 1965's "Theme From A Summer Place". In late 1967 Bob Engemann resigned, and was replaced by Jim Pike's younger brother, Gary Pike.

The hits continued with the 1968 medley "Goin' Out of My Head"/"Can't Take My Eyes Off You", and in 1968 with "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", plus 1969's "Hurt So Bad", which reached #12.

What's fascinating about this group is that they are able to sing fluently and beautifully some kundiman (Filipino folk songs), like Dahil Sa'Yo (Because of You) and Sapagkat Kami ay Tao Lamang (For We Are Only Human).

The Inductees: The Lettermen as Hall of Famer Vocal Group
The Inductees: The Lettermen as Hall of Famer Vocal Group | Source

The Lettermen: After All These Years

  1. Tony Butala - the consistent Letterman

  2. Bob Engemann - part of the original recording trio

  3. Gary Pike - part of the original recording trio

  4. Donny Pike

  5. Rick Corbin

  6. Jim Pike - replaced his brother Gary

  7. Allen "Puddler" Harris

  8. Doug Curran joined in 1969, as Jim Pike's replacement due to voice problems. With tours and recording ahead, he was able to accomplish three albums with the group: I Have Dreamed (May 1969), Hurt So Bad (October 1969) and Traces / Memories (Jan. 1970).

  9. Ralph "Chad" Nichols

  10. Don Campeau

  11. Ernie Pontiere

  12. Bobby Poynton

  13. Darren Dowler, joined the group in 1995, also the lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders in 2008, and starred in the motion picture Rock and Roll the Movie in 2009 (I've seen this. ), a film he wrote, directed, scored and starred in. Dowler also had smaller parts in the films, Hancock and Eagle Eye. Dowler is also the author for a novel entitled THE WAR OF ANGELS (Author House Publishing 2007).

  14. Donovan Tea -the present part of the trio

  15. Mark Preston - part of the present trio

  16. David "Red" Saber -now a maritime captain

Discography of The Lettermen

  1. A Song For Young Love (1962)
  2. Once Upon A Time(1962)
  3. Jim, Tony and Bob (1962)
  4. College Standards (1963)
  5. In Concert (1963)
  6. A Lettermen Kind of Love (1964)
  7. Look at Love (1964)
  8. She Cried (1964)
  9. You'll Never Walk Alone (1965)
  10. Portrait of My Love (1965)
  11. The Hit Sounds of The Lettermen (1965)
  12. More Hit Sounds of The Lettermen (1966)
  13. A New Song for Young Love (1966)
  14. The Best of The Lettermen (1966; re-released 1988 on CD/Capitol)
  15. For Christmas This Year (1966; re-released 1975 and again in 1990)
  16. Warm (1967)
  17. Spring! (1967)
  18. The Lettermen!! ...And Live! (1967)
  19. Goin' Out of My Head (1968)
  20. Special Request (1968)
  21. The Best of The Lettermen, Volume 2 (1968)
  22. Put Your Head on My Shoulder (1968)
  23. Close Up (1969)
  24. Hurt So Bad (1969)
  25. I Have Dreamed (1969)
  26. Traces/Memories (1970)
  27. Reflections (1970)
  28. Everything's Good About You (1971)
  29. Feelings (1971)
  30. Love Book (1971)
  31. Lettermen 1 (1972)
  32. Spin Away (1972)
  33. A Time for Us (1972)
  34. Alive Again ...Naturally (1973)
  35. Now and Forever (1974)
  36. All-Time Greatest Hits (1974: re-released 1987 on CD)
  37. There Is No Greater Love (1975)
  38. Make a Time for Lovin' (1975)
  39. The Time Is Right (1975)
  40. The Lovin' Touch of The Lettermen (1975)
  41. Kind of Country (1976)
  42. With Love from The Lettermen (1977)
  43. To a Friend (1977)
  44. Love Is... (1979)
  45. Why I Love Her (1986; re-released 1993 and 2006)
  46. It Feels Like Christmas (1987)
  47. Twin Best Now (1988)
  48. When I Fall in Love (1989)
  49. Best Now (1990 CD: Capitol/Japan)
  50. Greatest Hits - 10 Best Series (1990)
  51. Close to You (1991)
  52. Live in Concert (1991)
  53. Collectors Series (1992)
  54. Sing We Noel (1992)
  55. Best Hits (1993)
  56. The Best of The Lettermen (1993)
  57. Best of The Lettermen (1993)
  58. Love Is All (1993)
  59. Their Greatest Hits & Finest Performances (1994)
  60. Christmas with The Lettermen (1995)
  61. Deck the Halls (1995)
  62. Super Now (1997)
  63. Memories: The Very Best of The Lettermen (1998)
  64. Greatest Movie Hits (2000)
  65. Today (2001)
  66. A Song for Young Love/Once Once Upon a Time (2002)
  67. Soft Rock Collection (2003)
  68. Greatest Hits: The Priceless Collection (2003)
  69. Absolutely the Best (2004)
  70. Complete Hits (2006)
  71. Live in the Philippines (2006)
  72. Why I Love Her (2006)
  73. Complete Hits Volume Two (2007)
  74. The Lettermen: Best of Broadway (2008)
  75. The Lettermen: Favorites (2008)
  76. The Lettermen: New Directions 2010 (2010)
(Reference: Wikipedia for parts and parcel about The Lettermen)

Travel Man recording a program intro/extro last February 11, 2011 @ the local radio station in Camarines Sur, Philippines
Travel Man recording a program intro/extro last February 11, 2011 @ the local radio station in Camarines Sur, Philippines

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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Hmmn, I remember my ftaher because of this hub. Thanks for sharing, travel man. Rated it up! Please feature more of the oldies. It's a true music in its truest sense!


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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

It's a great find for sure! I like The Lettermen, too. It's as if your mind floats as you listen to their song renditions.


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

It's gonna be a long, lonely nights if I hear these on board ship. I'm a fan!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound: Your father has a taste for good, long lasting music.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: Their music is outstanding and very therapeutic!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: The music of The Lettermen can bring you to paradise. I'm not kidding! ^-^


Tom 5 years ago

You are pronouncing the groups name wrong...it Lettermen on word not Letter men


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great hub....I still believe the sound from vinyl records is way better than the current cds/computer downloads...thanks for sharing all this information..


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Tom: Maybe it's some kind of language barrier. Thanks for correcting me.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Cogerson: Thanks for agreeing with me. No enhancement needed; only original sound when you play vinyl records. I'm still looking for more old records to add on my collection.


Mon 5 years ago

Hello mr.travel_man

since you know about vinyl, i'd like to ask you where can I sell my Tita's Old vinyl record collection and some she call 45's the small ones(which I dont know what is it), although its only few. Pls. do reply here or email me: onmythursdaysbest@yahoo.com so i can show you the pictures if someone is interested to buy it, thank you


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mon: I hope you can still keep it. You just buy new vinyl player for your Tita's collection.

Wel, if you still want to sell it, I already sent you an email and recommended selling it on eBay or AyosDito.com.ph. You must first sign up in order to auction or buy something at the two leading selling/auction sites.

Thanks for dropping by.


Padol 5 years ago

actually, Jim Pike is the original, his brother Gary took his place sometime in the late '60s.


Padol 5 years ago

. . . sorry, Gary replaced Bob Engemann in the late '60s. Jim left sometime in the '70s.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Padol: Thanks for your hub-visit. I've researched about it, too. So, I'm confident that facts presented here are right.


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MM Del Rosario 5 years ago from NSW, Australia

I still have some vinyl records too.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MM Del Rosario: Good for you, kabayan. I am taking care of my collection, so that I can pass this to the next generation in our family.

Thanks for dropping by.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MM Del Rosario: Good for you, kabayan. I am taking care of my collection, so that I can pass this to the next generation in our family.

Thanks for dropping by.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MM Del Rosario: Good for you, kabayan. I am taking care of my collection, so that I can pass this to the next generation in our family.

Thanks for dropping by.


Fikrillah Ex 4 years ago

Thank you?


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Fikrillah Ex: You're welcome? How about writing on HubPages. I'm sure, you'll like it here.


brighteyes0619 23 months ago

Just located your site and was reading history.... You may want to change facts. Jim Pike was original founder along with Tony Butala and Bob Engemann. Bob left the group sometime in 1967 . Gary Pike replaced him, and was with the group until 1982. When Jim left the group around 1976 their younger brother Donny Pike stepped in. Further update: In 1983, Bob, Jim and Ric de Azevedo formed the vocal group known as The "Reunion" doing Lettermen hits. Bob left "Reunion" in 1995 and once again Gary replaced him. "Reunion" is still active making albums. Fans can find them at www.Reunionthesingingroup.com (NO typo - there is only one g between singing and group. Hope this all helps.

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