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Lead: Bob Franklin. Tenor: Gene Cokeroft. Baritone: Harlan Wilson. Bass: Bill Cain.

The Suntones began singing in 1957 with Gene Cokeroft on tenor, Clark Bell singing lead, Bill Wyatt on baritone and Danny Whipple on bass. Wyatt wrote wild and crazy arrangements of songs like That Old Black Magic. In addition to singing barbershop, the quartet enjoyed singing "Hi-Lo's" songs and was known for their ability to tune chords.

Families and draft boards took their toll on original members and forced some personnel changes. In November of 1958 the Suntones were looking for a new bass, when into a chapter meeting wandered Bill Cain. He sang a song with Gene, Bill and Bob Franklin. The sound was so impressive they rehearsed nine nights in a row and entered the district contest. They were the surprise of the weekend, coming in second. The very next year, the quartet won the first district quartet championship of the newly formed Sunshine District. It was that weekend they met baritone Harlan Wilson. Their first exposure to the International Convention audience was in 1959 in Chicago where they placed 24th despite Bob having the flu.

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1961 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

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The Suntones : Best of the Suntones Songbook : TTBB : Songbook : 00251421

The Suntones : Best of the Suntones Songbook

The Suntones were International Barbershop Quartet Champions in 1961 and went on to enjoy a successful professional career for many years. One of the reasons they were so successful was due to their stunning arrangements by tenor Gene Cokeroft who became one of the most respected barbershop arrangers of all time. Here is a collection of arrangements that are a joy to sing for quartets of all abilities.

Songlist: After You've Gone, As Time Goes By, The Chordbuster's March, Danny Boy, Jezebel, Show Me Where The Good Times Are, The Old Black Magic, They Wrote 'em In The Good Ol' Days, Where Is Love?

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Voicing: TTBB | Performed by The Suntones | 4522b | Songbook | $19.95 | A Cappella

The Suntones : Masterwork Series : 1 CD

The Suntones : Masterwork Series

Miami, Florida's Suntones, formed in 1957 singing innovative arrangements of "Old Black Magic" and Hi-Lo's songs, finally won SPEBSQSA Quartet Gold in 1961. They went on to record extensively and seek professional bookings outside of barbershop circles, causing them to perfect their act, and helping to create a world of possibilities for top-drawer barbershop groups in the entertainment industry. "Suntones" is a "best-of" collection of 23 songs, certainly tough choices given the large number of excellent recordings by the group. From the first cut, "Bye, Bye Blues," the final tune in their Gold-winning set that became a trademark for them, we see how special this group is. "After You've Gone," which begins straight, introduces a major 7th chord, jazzy 2nd chorus and wild and crazy tag. "If You Can't Tell the World She's A Good Little Girl," "Old Songs Medley" showed that even though they tended toward daring innovations, they never lost their love of the simple, "square" barbershop songs. "Danny Boy," "That Old Black Magic," "West Side Story Medley," "Jezebel," "Where Is Love," "Show Me Where The Good Times Are," "Tennessee Waltz," "Shrimp Boats" and "For All We Know" need to be listened to again and again to appreciate the chances the Suntones took, and how solid the barbershop fundamentals were that formed their base. "Suntones" is an amazing recording on many levels, and certainly mandatory listening for aspiring quartets to expand their horizons.

Songlist: Bye Bye Blues, Emaline, After You've Gone, If You Can't Tell The World She's A God Little Girl, Old Songs Medley, Danny Boy, No, No, Nora, Finian's Rainbow Medley, That Old Black Magic, A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet, West Side Story Medley, It's A Most Unusual Day, Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, Jezbel, Where Is Love?, Watch What Happens, As Time Goes By, Two Guy Medley, Show Me Where The Good Times Are, Tennessee Waltz, Shrimp Boats, Armed Forces Medley, For All We Know

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5678c | 1 CD | $19.95 | A Cappella

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Show Me Where the Good Times Are : SATB : Gene Cokeroft : The Suntones : 1 CD : 00362236

Gene Cokeroft : Show Me Where the Good Times Are

Arranger: Gene Cokeroft Performed By: The Suntones

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.50 | A Cappella |

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