Western Continentals

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Western Continentals
The Western Continentals is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1968 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Al Mau
  • Lead: Ted Bradshaw
  • Bari: Paul Graham
  • Bass: Phil Foote

Replacement Members:

  • Tenor: Frank Friedemann

Former Members

  • Tenor: Curt Kimball
  • Bass: Terry Diedrich

Contest Placement

Internationals

1965 1966 1967 1968
8th 21st 2nd 1st

District

Represented the Far Western District.

  • 1964 1st

Recordings

  • Gonna Build A Mountain[1]
  • Barbershop With A Continental Flavor[2]

Extended History

Western Continentals

A funny thing happened to the Western Continentals on their way to the 1968 International championship. In 1965, only a year after they first got together, Dr. Curt Kimball, Ted Bradshaw, Paul Graham and Terry Diedrich placed eighth in the International competition.

Then Curt, the tenor, was called to service in Vietnam and was replaced by Al Mau. They dropped to 21st in '66.

They went to Los Angeles in '67, not only with Al but with a new bass, Phil Foote, replacing Terry. They won the silver medals. The next year, in Cincinnati, they captured the gold.

If a native Arizonan still lived in Phoenix in the 1960s, he wasn't with the Continentals. Al was from Wisconsin, Ted (the lead) from Ohio, Paul (bari) from Michigan, and Phil from Detroit (by way of El Paso, thanks to the Air Force). Curt had come from Oklahoma.

The quartet was "on again, off again" for a decade after winning the championship. Al moved to California in 1971 and was replaced by Frank Friedemann, but they disbanded in '72. Phil had also left, but by 1973 both he and Al were back, and the Continentals resumed shows until a job transfer took Phil away again. He returned a second time in 1977, but the quartet hung up the pitch pipe for good in 1979.


External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

References

  1. http://www.discogs.com/Western-Continentals-Gonna-Build-A-Mountain/release/6567877
  2. http://www.discogs.com/Western-Continentals-Barbershop-With-A-Continental-Flavor/release/6198228