Tony Butala began singing professionally at age seven in Sharon, Pennsylvania. By the age of eight, he was singing on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. Within a few years, he moved to Hollywood, California to become a member of the famous Mitchell Boys Choir. Since 1932, The Mitchell Boys Choir had appeared in over one hundred motion pictures, scores of television and radio shows, radio and television commercials, and world-wide concert tours.

While in the choir, Tony appeared in such classic films as White Christmas, War of the Worlds, On Moonlight Bay, and he was the voice of one of the “Lost Boys” in the classic Walt Disney animated film Peter Pan. He was the singing voice of child actor Tommy Rettig in the Doctor Seuss script, Stanley Kramer production, 5000 Fingers of Doctor T, released by Columbia Pictures.

The one change Tony Butala, original and founding member of The Lettermen, would have made in the 50 plus year career of one of the most popular vocal groups in history is a surprising one:

We chose the wrong name! In the late 50’s, when you started a vocal group and wanted to stand out from the crowd, all you had to do was use a novel new name that would give your group a unique look and image. If you are a new group in today’s world and want to get noticed, you have to dye your hair purple or pink, multi-pierce your face, ears, and tongue, and even then you may not be different enough to get any notoriety.

Tony’s favorite things in life are his family, Croatian heritage, wine, and Pittsburgh sports.