There are at least three artists who recorded as The Sandpipers. 1. The Sandpipers were a U.S. easy listening trio/quartet, who carved a niche for themselves in the world of 1960s folk rock. Founding members Jim Brady (born 24 August 1944), Mike Piano (born 26 October 1944) and Richard Shoff (born 30 April 1944) first performed together in the Mitchell Boys Choir, before deciding to go it alone as 'The Four Seasons'. It was quickly pointed out to them that a group of that name already existed in New York, and they changed their name to 'The Grads'.