Barbershop

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

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