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The Piper-Ettes

The Piper-Ettes

Lead: Ruth Doll. Tenor: Carolyn Morter Sexton. Baritone: Kitty Bawtenheimer. Bass: Carol Simons.

The Piper-Ettes had been a performing quartet for ten years and had entered international competition three times prior to 1966, placing in the top ten each time. Finances nearly kept them from attending the 1966 convention in Houston but the hard work and generosity of their home choruses made the trip possible. All four sang with Seven Hills Chorus (Cincinnati, Ohio); Carolyn also directed the Dayton Chorus.

The four singers had come to an agreement that 1966 was to be their last try for gold medals. The day after their arrival in Houston for the competition, Ruth Doll came down with laryngitis, which allowed her to sing only two songs before becoming hoarse. The other quartet members nursed her through the three stages of competition with broth, throat spray and plenty of rest. The Piper-Ettes retired after their championship year but remained active Sweet Adelines with their chorus and other quartets.

A Cappella.  

1966 - Sweet Adelines Queens of Harmony

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