Chicago News

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Chicago News
The Chicago News is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1981 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Ray Henders
  • Lead: Butch Koth
  • Bari: Greg Wright
  • Bass: Tom Felgen


Contest Placement

International

1979 1980 1981
8th 2nd 1st

District

Represented the Illinois District.

  • 1979 1st

Recordings

  • Have You Heard The News?[1]
  • Latest Edition
  • Special Edition
  • Most Happy Fellows & Chicago News

Extended History

Chicago News

To relatively new barbershoppers, the Chicago News, when they won the international championship in 1981, seemed to have come almost "out of the blue."

True, they had placed second in 1980 and 8th in their first competition the year before, but compared to foursomes that struggled a dozen years to reach the gold, the "News" was a rash newcomer.

In fact, however, the '81 victory gave tenor Ray Henders, lead Butch Koth, bari Greg Wright and bass Tom Felgen a total of 19 international medals - 7 bronze, 7 silver, and 5 gold - won in four different quartets. For Tom, bass of the 1965 champion Four Renegades, it was a second gold.

Tom and Greg had been singing in quartets since they were about 10 years old, while Butch was a singer in high school. Ray, however, had been quartetting for "only" about 25 years.

Among the four of them they had performed with dozens of quartets. Ray's included the Midnight Oilers, one of the first to perform overseas for U.S. servicemen, and the Soundtracks, bronze medalists in 1974. Greg and his brother Larry (then lead of the 139th Street Quartet) had sung with the Sundowners, twice silver medalists and later with a professional pop-singing group. Butch was lead of the Landmarks, district champs and international competitors.

With these backgrounds, the Chicago News became an "overnight sensation" in 1981.

External Links

References

  1. http://www.discogs.com/Chicago-News-Have-You-Heard-The-News/release/6461219


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