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Gentlemen's Agreement


Lead: Drayton Justus. Tenor: Al Rehkop. Baritone: Glenn Van Tassel. Bass: Bob Whitledge.

The Gentlemen's Agreement, 1971 International champion, is one quartet that really was and "overnight success." Almost, anyway. Organized in December 1969, it qualified for the international contest in the spring, went to Atlantic City in July and came home with fourth-place medals. The following year, in New Orleans, the Detroit-area quartet won the whole ball of wax. But why not? Two of its members (baritone Glenn Van Tassell and tenor Al Rehkop) claimed their second gold medals in New Orleans; they had been half of the Auto Towners, 1966 champions. And the other two, lead Drayton Justus and bass Bob Whitledge, were equally talented, long-time barbershoppers, even though they didn't have medals to show for it.

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1971 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

Gentlemen's Agreement : Gentlemen's Agreement : 1 CD

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Though each of the singers who made up the quartet had prior contest singing experience, it is a fact they went from a brand new group to International Champions in just nineteen months. One week after winning they spent three weeks in Viet Nam entertaining the troops for the USO. Part of their vocal appeal, for this reviewer, is the fact that the lead singer, Drayton Justus, had a higher voice than most barbershop leads and the mix of voices has a sweet bell like quality when they hit those ringing chords. They used the finest arrangers of the day such as Renee Craig, Al Rehkop (the tenor of the group), Mo Rector, Greg Backwell, Joni Bescos and Jarmela Speta to whom they pay tribute in song. You'll find twenty-six songs amassing seventy minutes of marvelous music on this recording.

Songlist: One of Those Songs, Back in the Old Routine, Shenandoah, Basin Street Blues, Irish Mother, Dames, Spiritual Medley, O My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, Try to Remember, Bacharach Medley, Me, She's Making Eyes At Me, Lucky Old Sun, Good Old Days, Just a Cottage Small, Al RehkopMy Wife the Dancer, Love Story, Ring Out the Bells in Dixieland, Hush, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, Everybody Loves a Lover, My Way, Fiddler Medley, How's Every Little Thing in Dixie?, Kansas City Star, I'll Be Seeing You, Big Brass Bed

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5187c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella

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