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Regents

Regents

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When the Regents won the international quartet championship at Kansas City's 1974 contest, it may have seemed to some that they had an easy road to the gold. It was their fifth international contest, and they had placed third on two previous tries, in 1972 and '73.

But collectively tenor Harry Williamson, lead Joe Mazzone, bari Ron Knickerbocker and bass Hal Kauffman had logged 44 years of experience in nearly 25 different quartets. They lived in four different (albeit small and neighboring) states. And they comprised a quartet that had evolved through four editions since it was formed in the mid-1960s.

Harry was the only member who lasted through all four versions. In 1970 he teamed up with Ron (then a lead), Hal and Dave Reed as bari. When Joe left his previous quartet, the Exclusives, in 1971, to take the lead spot, Ron moved to bari. Interestingly, Hal had been a tenor (and even, at one time, a boy soprano) until a few years before, when Harry persuaded him to switch to bass of a previous quartet so that he, Harry, could sing tenor. The combination, complete with the various part switches, proved the winning one, as the Regents made their "rapid" climb to the gold.

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Review: The Regents won the Championship by an unprecedented 439 points, a record that apparently still stands. Featuring Joe Mazzone on lead, who had secured first prize in an Arthur Godfrey Talent Program, the line-up competed for the first time in 1971, and finished third (behind Champions Dealer's Choice) in 1973. This recording includes several classic seventies pop songs, such as "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Theme From The Godfather," and "We've Only Just Begun," which would have made them cutting edge back then...plus "Hi Neighbor (Medley)," (including "Zippity Doo Dah"), "Little Somebody Of Mine" and "Knee Deep In Daisies" and lots more, for 22 in all.

Songlist: Little Somebody of mine, Love theme from the Godfather, By the time I get to Phoenix, Knee Deep in Daisies, Try a little tenderness, The masquerade is over, Strolling down Harmony Lane, Time Was, Whatever Happened to Mary, Ol'man River, Rock me in my Awanee Cradle, Little Girl, There's a broken heart for every light on broadway, The little boy, You make me feel so young, Old folks, Corabelle, I'll still be loving you , Hi nNeighbor ( medley), Fare thee well, Walk away, We've only just begun

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