The song “Down by The Station” is a version of a popular children’s song, updated to tell the story of an unashamed cad. In 1959, the song peaked at #13 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The original song was written by Lee Ricks and Slim Gaillard in 1948. Tommy Dorsey had the most popular recording of it. Bruce Belland and Glen Larson, members of the Four Preps, altered the lyrics.
The Four Preps formed in 1956 with original members Bruce Belland, Ed Cobb, Marv Ingram, and Glen Larson. They were students at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles and signed by Capitol Records. Their piano accompanist and high school friend was Lincoln Mayorga. Over the years, they had eight gold singles and three gold albums. Their hits include “Down by The Station,” “26 Miles (Santa Catalina),” “Big Man,” and “Lazy Summer Night.” They also backed up Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet show and Sandra Dee in the film Gidget. There have been personnel changes over the years, but The Four Preps still perform today with Bruce Belland still on lead vocals. Belland has been on all the recordings done by The Four Preps.