The Brooks Four -- Italian boys Frank Giaretta, Frank DeLisi, Bob DiLeo, and Bob Paladino from Bound Brook, NJ -- lived within four blocks of each other. The two Bobs and two Franks began their singing career in high school in 1960. A tight harmony vocal group, they sang at colleges, proms, banquets and dances. In 1962 they recorded "Ill Be Faithful" on Sinclair Records. In 1963, they recorded "Playgirl" as The Four Winds on Derby/Felsted Records, earning a Billboard Magazine "4 stars" review. In 1964 they recorded "Calendar of Love" on LeMans Records, with tracks arranged and conducted by Charles Calello. The group then performed on the "Clay Cole Show" with Jimmy Clanton and Gary U.S. Bonds and also did a live Color TV broadcast from the 1964 New York World's Fair, headlining with The Shangri-Las, Ronnie Dove, Robert Maxwell and blues legend Joe Williams. As the Four Winds they also recorded for Nick Massi and Tom DeVito, from The Four Seasons, singing background on the Bernadette Carroll classic "Nicky," and then they had the honor to record "A Chance To Live," penned by the great Tom DeCillis.
In 1968, a few years after the group broke up, Bob Paladino wrote and produced "You Donít Love Me" by the Epitome of Sound on Sandbag Records. This record, recently re-released on the Go Ahead Label, has become a collectors' item and a "Northern Soul Anthem" from the days of the Wigan Casino in the UK.