Gala Lads

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Gala Lads
The Gala Lads is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1962 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Dave Panther
  • Lead:Tom Keehan
  • Bari: Gordon Lees
  • Bass: Bill Cockrell

Replacement Members:

  • Tenor: Joe May


Contest Placement

Internationals

1959 1960 1961 1962
11th 6th 1st

District

Represented the Far Western District.

  • 1960 1st

Recordings

Extended History

The Gala Lads

"Experienced" - and proving it - might best describe the members of the 1962 International quartet champion, the Gala Lads from Alhambra, CA.

While a few gold medalists have been young and won while in their teens, the Gala Lads averaged 36 years of age when they won the championship. Tenor Dave Panther was 28, lead Tom Keehan 35, bari Gordon Lees 36, and bass Bill Cockrell 45.

What's more, collectively they had sung in 16 quartets before getting together as the Gala Lads, and could count a total of 35 years of barbershopping experience.

One of Bill's previous quartets was the West Coasters, 1957 International silver medalists. For Dave, although the youngest of the group, the Gala Lads was his seventh quartet.

Although the foursome was organized in 1958, the winning combination did not get together until 1960. A year later, in its first International competition, it placed sixth, then jumped to the top of the heap the following year in Kansas City.

In 1964 Tom was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, and California barbershoppers staged a benefit to raise $1,200 to help with medical expenses. By 1968 the Gala Lads were back in business with all the original members except Dave, who had been replaced by Joe May.

External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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