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Western Continentals

Western Continentals

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A funny thing happened to the Western Continentals on their way to the 1968 International championship. In 1965, only a year after they first got together, Dr. Curt Kimball, Ted Bradshaw, Paul Graham and Terry Diedrich placed eighth in the International competition.v

Then Curt, the tenor, was called to service in Vietnam and was replaced by Al Mau. They dropped to 21st in '66. They went to Los Angeles in '67, not only with Al but with a new bass, Phil Foote, replacing Terry. They won the silver medals. The next year, in Cincinnati, they captured the gold.

If a native Arizonan still lived in Phoenix in the 1960s, he wasn't with the Continentals. Al was from Wisconsin, Ted (the lead) from Ohio, Paul (bari) from Michigan, and Phil from Detroit (by way of El Paso, thanks to the Air Force). Curt had come from Oklahoma.

The quartet was "on again, off again" for a decade after winning the championship. Al moved to California in 1971 and was replaced by Frank Friedemann, but they disbanded in '72. Phil had also left, but by 1973 both he and Al were back, and the Continentals resumed shows until a job transfer took Phil away again. He returned a second time in 1977, but the quartet hung up the pitch pipe for good in 1979.

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Review: Springing from SPEBSQSA's contests and festivals aimed at young people, Baritone Paul Graham and lead Ted Bradshaw sang with the Devilaires at Arizona State. Other veterans of high school and college quartets came in and out of the group after its formation in 1964, helping it place 8th in Boston in 1965, but dropping to 21st in 1966. Adding Tenor Al Mau and Bass Phil Foote seemed to turn the Continentals around, and the group came out of nowhere to win Silver at the Los Angeles International in 1967. In 1968 they won it all, edging out the Golden Staters. One of the clearest, strongest leads ever to step up to a Barbershop mike, Ted Bradshaw shines on everything from "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "The Masquerade is Over," to the classic "I Believe," and the others match him note for breathless note. Sweet, Pure, Classic; in short, Incredible!

Songlist: Are you from Dixie?, Heart of a clown, If you ever fall in love, These foolish things remind me of you, My lovely one, Everything's coming up roses, By the time i get to Phoenix, Green green grass of home , Lone prairie, Down by the riverside autumn leaves, On a wornderful day like today, The boy I used to be, I've gotta be me, The masquerade is over, I'm gonna live till I die, Old....., I believe , Love is a many splendored thing, Annabel Lee, Little pal, Gonna Build a Mountain, When the Saints go Marching In

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