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1964 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

Lead: Joe Daniels. Tenor: Jerry Fairchild. Baritone: Gene Boyd. Bass: Jay Wright.

Saturday, June 27, 1964, undoubtedly was the happiest day in the history of the Riverside, CA chapter. On that day the Riverside Citrus Belters chorus won 5th place bronze medals in its first International competition. And four chapter leaders, a group known as the Sidewinders, became the new International quartet champions. Some championship quartets, by necessity or by choice, have not always been strong members of the chapters to which they belonged. Not the Sidewinders. Tenor Jerry Fairchild had long been chorus director. Lead Joe Daniels had been president and was about to be named to that post again. Bass Jay Wright was three-term secretary. Bari Gene Boyd was past membership vice president, show chairman, and perennial committee member.

The Sidewinders immediately became popular ambassadors of the Society. They made two major network appearances two days after winning the gold medals. A crowd of 2,000 greeted them at their first engagement as champions in California. For the next eight years they sang from coast to coast and from Maine to Mexico. The Sidewinders stopped accepting engagements as of June 1969, but they emphasized they would continue to sing together from time to time "for our own amusement and amazement."

Sidewinders : Sidewinders : 00  1 CD

Sidewinders : Sidewinders

On his Sunday night show in 1964, Ed Sullivan introduced the "brand new International Champs, the Sidewinders," who quickly broke into a rousing "For Me and My Gal." Tenor Jerry Fairchild, Lead Joe Daniels, Bass Jay Wright and Baritone Gene Boyd had placed 5th and 3rd before winning it all in San Antonio in July of 1964. Their sound is so clean, crisp and upbeat it's hard to wipe the smile off your face when listening to a cover like "Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy." All 22 songs are essentially perfect, but some standouts are "The Way You Look Tonight," "Dangerous Dan McGrew," and their most-requested "My Coloring Book." Classic stuff!

Songlist: Sailin' Away On The Henry Clay, I'm So Alone With A Crowd, Today, My Gal, She Has Some Wonderful Ways, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Just The Way You Look Tonight, Sailin' Down The Chesapeake Bay, Tears For Souvenirs, Brokenhearted, A Garden In The Rain, My Coloring Book, A Child's Prayer

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5419c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella

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