Just for fun, I’m posting on this page pictures and recordings of one of the greatest Barbershop quartets ever to perform in China in the 1980s – probably because we were about the only one.
The Four Tones (of course, being the high, rising, falling-rising and falling tones of Mandarin Chinese) were made up of lead baritone Jasper Becker of the British Council; bass Darryl Johnson, in his spare time charge d’affaires at the American embassy; American businessman Bill Zaritt as the wonderful top tenor; and myself as somewhere between baritone and bass.
Click below the pictures for links to a selection of our best recordings, from our 1986 Christmas show at the Great Wall Hotel.
Enjoy! We did.
My Evaline My Blue Heaven Margie Love Letters in the Sand Love Letters in the Sand K-K-K-Katy Good Night My Love – from the Music Man Aura Lee I Can’t Give You Anything But Love I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (encore) Good Night My Love – from the Music Man Yessir That’s my Baby Tootsie The End of a Long Day The Animals are Coming That’s Why We Love the French I Want to Synchronise Saloon Ramona Plenty of Nothing