Gaylord Quartet

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Gaylord Quartet

Gaylord Quartet, circa 1950

The Gaylord Quartet was active in the 1940s and 1950s in Toledo, OH. Photo names starting left and going clockwise: Virgil Henry, Joe Bauer, Al (Albert) Gause, Marvin Stimpfle. The photo is from about the same time as the 1951 BHS (then SPEBSQSA) International Quartet Contest which was held in Toledo that year. It is unknown if they competed in the competition.

Marvin passed in 1971 [1], Albert in 1995 [2], and Henry in 1955 [3]


There are a number of records that exist on vinyl that were recorded by the quartet. Some of them on Virgil’s personal recording machine:

  • “Let the Rest of the World Go By”
  • “B-O By” 1942
  • “Gypsy Sweetheart” 1945
  • “America Loves You” 1945
  • “Sun Bonnet Sue”
  • “Wagon Wheels”
  • “I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” 1945
  • “Sunshine”
  • “Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me”
  • “End of the Day” 1945
  • “Lone Me You Lips for a Kiss”
  • “By-Low”
  • “Dear Old Girl””
  • “Dapper Dan"
  • “Aloha”


Parts Sang in the Gaylord Quartet:

  • Baritone: Virgil Henry (though he was capable of all 4 and would fill in where necessary) and accompanied the group on his guitar
  • Bass: Joe Bauer
  • Lead: Albert Gause
  • Tenor: Marvin Stimpfle

Also Sang With

Marvin Stimpfle

  • Marv sang as one of the Channel Markers, a quartet formed by Walter Schwartz, who revised "Toledo, Our Future's Terrific" to make it nautical themed. In 1957, the quartet (also including Carl Murphy and George Yeats) recorded the song, called "The Port Song". [4]