Al Alberts

Death of Al Alberts

August 10, 1922 - November 27, 2009
Arcadia, Florida | Age 87

Veteran TV talent-show host, composer and performer.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Veteran TV talent-show host Al Alberts, one in a long line of South Philadelphia crooners, died Friday in Florida, a son said. He was 87.

Alberts featured child singers and dancers on his "Al Alberts Showcase," which was produced in Philadelphia for more than three decades.

He also was a founding member of The Four Aces, whose hits included "Three Coins in the Fountain," "On the Way to Cape May" and "Love is a Many Splendored Thing."

Alberts died at his home in Arcadia, Fla., near Port Charlotte, according to his son, Chris Alberts. He had been hospitalized in recent months and apparently died of complications from kidney failure, the son said.

Alberts' weekly show helped start the careers of local performers Andrea McCardle, Sister Sledge and Teddy Pendergrass, according to Alberts' Web site.

The long list of Philadelphia crooners of his era includes Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Eddie Fisher.