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Oriole Four

Oriole Four

1970 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

Lead: Jim Grant. Tenor: Bob Welzenbach. Baritone: Fred King. Bass: Don Stratton.

The real beginning of the Oriole Four, 1970 International champion quartet, was in 1951 outside a Baltimore high school - although no one, of course, knew it at the time. That's when students Fred King and Jim Grant first met, discovered they had a mutual fondness for harmony and sang an impromptu duet. They joined the Society a couple of years later, found two other students who liked to harmonize and formed the Deacon Four, with Jim on lead and Fred on baritone. The quartet, with occasional personnel changes, was still getting together now and then after its members had graduated, and in 1956 the name was changed to the Oriole Four.

Bass Don Stratton came along in 1957; tenor Bob Welzenbach joined the others in 1958, and a winning combination was solidified. All were members of the Dundalk, MD Chapter, and three weeks after their first rehearsal they won the Dundalk Open and later the Chesapeake Bay Open. It was in 1958 also that they met Bob Loose, who was to become their permanent coach and close friend. After working with him for only three months, they won the Mid-Atlantic District championship. But then the hills got steeper. Although they placed eighth in their first international competition in 1959, it would be 1965 before they again reached the finals and '69, in St. Louis, before they won their first medal, a fourth-place bronze. But the next year, in Atlantic City, 12 years of work and dedication paid off, and the Oriole Four were the new champs.


Oriole Four : Oriole Four : 00  1 CD

Oriole Four : Oriole Four

Fred King and Jim Grant met first in 1951, in high school, where they discovered a mutual love of harmony and began singing together. They joined SPEBSQSA a couple of years later and after seven years and a couple of personnel changes, met their permanent coach, Bob Loose. After working with him for only three months they won the Mid-Atlantic District Championship. They placed eighth in their first International Championship in 1959 but didn't reach the finals again until 1965. In 1969 they finally medalled and reached the pinnacle, that of International Champions in 1970, after twelve years of work. This retrospective recording has all the pops and scratches of the vinyl recordings eliminated. Allow yourself the pleasure of hearing one of the historic groups who reached the summit.

Songlist: Twelfth Street Rag, Mother of Mine I Still Have You, I Wish I Had My Old Gal Back Again, Could I? I Certainly Could, Why Do They Always Say No When There's Yes, Yes, in Your Eyes , Danny Boy, Hi Neighbor, Memories of You, Old Folks, If You Knew Susie, Sweet Sue Medley, Anywhere I Wander, Margie, You're the Only Girl for Me, A Horse with Love in It, Jeepers Creepers, Lida Rose, Somewhere, I'll See You Again

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5186c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella

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