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 (2nd from left above);
- Rich Bass Darryl Johnson, in his spare time charge d’affaires at the American embassy (2nd from right);
- American businessman Bill Zaritt (left) as the wonderful top tenor;
- And myself on the right 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.