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Mid States Four

Mid States Four

Lead: Marty Mendro. Tenor: Rob Mack. Baritone: Forry Haynes. Bass: Phil Hansen.

A quartet was organized by four employees at the Bell & Howell Company. Marty Mendro, lead; Forrest Haynes, baritone; and Bob Corbett, bass. Haynes had been a member of a quartet that was one of the last to appear on the Keith road show circuit on stage and radio. Mendro, a soloist in church choirs during his younger years, was introduced to barbershop harmony at Bell & Howell during World War II. The foursome became 6th place international finalists in 1945 and 1946 and were Illinois District champions in 1946.When three of the quartet members left Bell & Howell, the group changed its name to the Mid-States Four. The president of the Mid States Insurance Company had taken an interest in the quartet and offered to sponsor them, providing uniforms and expenses in return for jobs done for his firm if they would use the corporate name.

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1949 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

Mid States Four : Reminiscing With The Mid States Four : 1 CD

Mid States Four : Reminiscing With The Mid States Four    Out of Print

Stepping into the time machine, we travel back to 1949, when the Mid States Four brand of zany, frequently accompanied barbershop was charming audiences everywhere! Culled from old reel-to-reels, cassettes and albums, this reminiscence is authentic, with many live performances and peals of laughter in evidence, typical of which is "Ayuh, Ayuh," a quasi Polynesian number! Original arrangements ("I Want A Full Time Job") and comic delivery make this CD one of the most entertaining choices, though they were fine singers too.

Songlist: You'll Never Go Wrong With A Song, Limestone Quarry, Tenderly, Rockin' Mockin' Bird, Let's Harmonize, Together/ Oh, How I Miss You Tonight, I'm A Fool To Care, Ayuh, Ayuh, I Want A Full Time Job, Fingerprints Upon The Window Pane, Josephine, I Love You So Much/ Drifting And Dreaming, Swanee, (The Torch) The Gang's All Gone, Frog Kissin', Allegheny Moon, Tiger Rag

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5544c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella

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