Golden Staters

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Golden Staters
The Golden Staters is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1972 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Gary Harding
  • Lead: Milt Christensen
  • Bari: Jack Harding
  • Bass: Mike Senter

Former Members:

  • Tenor: Jack Lang
  • Lead: Ken Ludwick
  • Lead: Joe Rook
  • Lead: Jim Meehan
  • Bari: Buddy Yarnell

Contest Placement

International

1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
7th 6th 4th 5th 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st

District (FWD)

Recordings

In Alphabetical Order

  • A Little Bit of Happiness"
  • Barbershop Time"
  • Cinderella"
  • Draft Dodger Rag"
  • Floatin' Down to Cotton Town"
  • Freckles"
  • Give My Regards to Broadway"
  • Gotta Be On My Way"
  • Hello Dolly"
  • Honey Bun"
  • I'd Love to Live in Loveland With a Girl Like You"
  • It Must Be That Look in Her Eyes"
  • Jean"
  • Just a Girl That Men Forget"
  • Keep Your Eye on the Girlie You Love"
  • Mary Poppins Medley"
  • Mary, You're a Little Bit Old-Fashioned"
  • May Each Day"
  • Moonlight Medley"
  • Music Man Medley"
  • New Songs Medley"
  • Oh How We Roared in the 20s"
  • Shenandoah"
  • So Long Mother"
  • The Sweetheart Tree"
  • Will You Still Love Me"

Extended History

Golden Staters

The long road to the gold by southern California's Golden Staters, 1972 quartet champions, was marked by a number of "firsts".

They were the first foursome ever to win all five medals (although the Boston Common later duplicated this feat), the only one to place in every position from seventh to first, and certainly the only quartet to compile this enviable record with three different leads: Jim Meehan, Ken Ludwick and finally Milt Christensen.

Organized in 1960, the original quartet consisted of tenor Jack Lang, lead Joe Rook, bari Buddy Yarnell and bass Mike Senter.

Through dozens of personnel changes over the next few years, Mike was the only member who remained, and all the others freely acknowledged him as the leader, composer-arranger, musical director and in-house coach of the Golden Staters.

The composition of the quartet stabilized somewhat in late 1961 with the return of brothers Gary and Jack Harding (their second "tour of duty") as tenor and bari, respectively. But it was 1970 before Milt Christensen was transferred by his company from Salt Lake City to California, and he became the final GS lead. Milt had been lead of the Salt Flats, one of the nation's most popular comedy quartets, which decided early in 1970 to retire the pitch pipe.

Milt was the lead in New Orleans in 1971 when the Golden Staters placed third (for the second time), and he was on hand the next year in Atlanta to help them win the gold.


External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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