Al Alberts has died

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Local Philadelphia television legend Al Alberts has died. He hosted his Al Alberts Showcase for decades.

Al Alberts, 87, who put countless singing kids on the air on his show Al Alberts Showcase, died this morning in Florida.

He and his wife, Stella, were married in 1953 and lived in Cape May for many years -- hence, his ditty "On the Way to Cape May."

They moved to Florida in 2001.

The show helped launch the careers of such Philly-bred performers as Andrea McArdle and Sister Sledge.

Born Al Albertini in Chester, he and friend Dave Mahoney founded The Four Aces, which sang such classics as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing."

Besides his wife, he is survived by sons Al Jr. and Chris.

Funeral arrangements are not complete.

Did you appear on Al Alberts Showcase? E-mail mklein@phillynews.com.

Hear radio personality Sam Lit's interview, taped earlier this summer, here.

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