Born Al Albertini in Chester, Pennsylvania, he went to South Philadelphia High School. As a teenager, he appeared on the Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour, a radio program. After graduating from South Philadelphia High, he went to Temple University and the United States Navy, where he met Dave Mahoney. They went on to found The Four Aces.
The Four Aces recorded the song “Three Coins in the Fountain”, written by Jule Styne for the film of the same name. The song hit the #1 bestselling record twice in 1954, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song the same year. Alberts also popularized the song “On the Way to Cape May”, first through recording it, and then by performing it often on his later television show and specials. The Four Aces biggest hit was “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing”, which was the theme to the 1955 film starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones. The song was a number one hit for four weeks, and it also won the Academy Award for best song.
In 1960 he recorded On The Way To Cape May, a song that has become a Jersey Shore sound summertime anthem for the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley and South Jersey Shore area.It was written by Maurice “Buddy” Nugent according to BMI and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The song became popular without the push of a major record label. It has become popular in a variety of 21st century media, such as XM satellite and internet radio, and also enjoys regular airplay on many Delaware Valley AM and FM stations.
Subsequently, he became a television personality in Philadelphia where he hosted a one-hour Saturday afternoon talent show, called Al Alberts Showcase, first airing on WKBS-TV, and then on WPVI-TV that featured a panel of local children known as the “Teeny Boppers.” Also there was a group of young teenage dancers called the “Show Stoppers.” Local talents of all ages would sing songs and perform dance routines. Alberts would sit with the Teeny Boppers and they would each tell him a joke. The show helped launch the careers of Andrea McArdle, and such acts/performers as Sister Sledge, The Kinleys, and Teddy Pendergrass. After 32 years, the show went off the air after Alberts’ retirement in 1994. Alberts died at his his home in Arcadia, Florida of complications from renal failure. The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia posthumously inducted Alberts into their Hall of Fame in 2010.
- August, 10, 1922
- Chester, Pennsylvania
- November, 27, 2009
- Arcadia, Florida