Harmony Halls

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Harmony Halls
The Harmony Halls is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1944 International Quartet Champion.


The Harmony Halls came from a background of quartet singing that dated back two generations. Grandpa Hall sang bass in a quartet during Abraham Lincoln's presidency. Pop Hall, his son, was a choir and quartet singer at the turn of the century and when O. C. Cash founded the Society it was only natural that some of the six Hall brothers would become barbershoppers.

Harold, Ray, and Gordon Hall, singing lead, bari, and bass respectively, formed the Hall Brothers quartet with tenor John "Slim" Peterson. At the 1942 national contest in Grand Rapids, the quartet made the finals with Frank Clark as tenor.

In March of 1943 the quartet was reorganized; Ray, who was known among barbershoppers as "Curley", and Gordon Hall sang with Bob Hazenberg, lead, and Ed Gaikema, tenor. That year, the Harmony Halls placed fifth. During a year of intensive work, they became Michigan champions the following spring, then entered the international contest in Detroit and won first place.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Ed Gaikema
  • Lead: Bob Hazenberg
  • Bass: Gordon Hall
  • Bari: Ray Hall

Former Members:

  • Tenor: Frank Clark
  • Tenor: John Peterson
  • Lead: Harold Hall

Contest Placement

Internationals:

  • 1943 5th
  • 1944 1st

Recordings

Extended History

External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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