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Lead: Tom Palamone . Tenor: Harry Conte . Baritone: Bill Conway . Bass: John Ward .

Tommy Palamone had been in quartets and trios throughout the 1930s and '40s. One evening in 1946, he threw together a quartet and went to a meeting of the Society's Pittsburgh Chapter. The foursome-Harry Conte on tenor, Tommy at lead, his cousin Fred as bari, and "Turp" Marcanello at bass-caught the attention of Pittsburgh's premiere barbershopper, Molly Reagan. Reagan decided to coach the group, dubbed the Allen Club Four. The group dubbed the Allen Club Four. The group went to the Society's 1946 convention, where it placed a respectable sixth, but soon afterwards, "Turp" left to sing with a band and was replaced by Bill Conway on bass. Then cousin Fred left the group, and they had to find a new baritone. But the new guy backed out of a New Years' engagement at the last minute. Desperate for yet another bari, they called Jiggs Ward. Did he have a tux ... and a maroon tie?

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1948 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

Pittsburghers : Pittsburghers : 00  1 CD : 02437

Pittsburghers : Pittsburghers

Society Champions in 1948, the Pittsburghers were trailblazers. They were the first to perform written arrangements and a key change in a contest. Featured on this album are anecdotes as told by one of the original members, Tom Palamone. It is replete with classic barbershop songs like "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "Oh, What a Gal Was Mary." Most of them were written in the 1920's and '30's, and are liberally laced with double entendres. "You Can Never Be Too Sure About the Girls" is a charming example. Though the sound quality is not ideal, the expert handling of the material - and its merit as a keepsake of the era - is indisputable.

Songlist: A Cop on the Beat, Give Me a Night In June, Good Little/Bad Little You, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, You Never Can Be Too Sure About the Girls, Chinese Honeymoon, I'm Sittin' on Top of the World, Somebody Knows, Oh What A Gal Was Mary/Mary Is a Grand Old Name , Oahu, Pebble In a Pool, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone , Curse of an Aching Heart, Kill 'em With Kindness, Old Killarney, Darktown Strutters' Ball, Make Yourself at Home at My Home, Many Tears Ago, My Mother's Rosary, Sweet Adeline, Home Again Blues, When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New, You Made Me Love You, When I Lost You

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