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Harmony Hall of Fame

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Subject: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 04:25 PM

This thread was spurred by the "Visualizing Harmony" thread, and by my recollection of great harmony singers and teams, and by great examples of classic harmony performances. I thought it might be fun to honor some of the great performers and performances of this art form in this little thread.

Most of my memories of great harmony performances came out of either Country or Bluegrass music. The Louvin Bros were the first to perform the kind of soaring harmony that was later popularized by Don and Phil Everly. Phil Everly set the bench mark for clean high harmony that influenced everyone from the Beatles to Crosby Stills and Nash, but it was based on the Louvin Bros' pioneering melodies and harmonies, as well as the Bluegrass tradition. A great example of the Everly Harmony is So Sad to Watch Good Love go Bad . In addition to Phil's on-target tenor harmony, the Everly sound was enhanced by a similarity in timbre between the voices.Maybe singers linked by family ties make the best harmony singers?

It would certainly seem the case with the Beach Boys, who achieved elaborate 4-part harmonies where the voices seemed to merge together like an instrumental chord.

Other harmonists that bear mentioning are David Crosby and Graham Nash, Emily Lou Harris, K D Laing and Sylvia Tyson.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Magpie
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 04:30 PM

LEEJ What about Watersons?

Magpie


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 04:38 PM

Everyly Bros.: Dream

The Persuasions: went to a harmony workshop by them and a concert. Super!

Seven Bridges Road by the Eagles

Caroline & Sandy Paton

In my own Hall of Harmony Fame: My sisters, brother and parents. Yes, there is definitely something to be said for "blood harmony" a term I'd never even heard until coming to the Mudcat; didn't know that was what we had! Somebody came up to my sister, Bet, and me, last summer after a performance and complimented our singing. When I introduced her to them as my sister, they said, "No wonder your voices blended so well!" Made me feel really good.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: mountain tyme
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 08:06 PM

Re; "Blood Harmony"
IMO At its best
The Armstrong Twins
Bill & Earl Bolick
Carter & Ralph Stanley
The Dezuirk Sisters
The Gillis Brothers
The Anglin Twins
The Dixon Brothers
The Lilly Brothers
The Delmore Brothers
The Callahan Brothers
The Maddox Brothers & Rose
The Bailey Brothers
Jim & Jesse McReynolds
The Monroe Brothers
Happy research...Happy listening!


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Susan A-R
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 08:19 PM

The Roches (Maggie, Terry and Suzzy?) That Amazing Linda Ronstadt, Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly Parton album (Was there more than one?) John Roberts and Tony Barrand, Priscilla Hardman, Ann Dodson, Cindy Mangson Ckndy Kallet, Ellen? and Paul? Peter Paul and Mary The Black Family. The Voice Squad The Nylons The Flirtations

I guess what interests me are interesting harmony lines, and the richness of voice blends. I love it when voices cross.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 09:12 PM

Sweet Honey in the Rock.

All 60's retro groups like the Nylons.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: folk1234
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 09:27 PM

Gordon Bok, Ann Mayo Muir, and Ed Trickett. Also Cathy Barton and Dave Para.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Mike Billo
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 10:22 PM

The early Mills Brothers records with their imitations of wind instruments, and the Comedian Harmonists, a German group of the 20's and 30's who also imitated band instruments.

And let's not forget the Sons of the Pioneers.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 10:22 PM

I Love this. Just reading some of the names gives me goosebumps. Way to go Mountain Tyme. Hard to Beat Doyle Lawson and the various Quicksilvers. How about the first time you heard John Duffy with Eddie Adcock and Charlie Waller. Guess I gotta go with Alton and Rabon Delmore though for favourites of all-time.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Dale Rose
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 10:46 PM

Mountain Thyme got most of mine, including my personal favorites, Bill and Earl Bolick, The Blue Sky Boys. Slight subject slip here ~~ Bill Bolick is still alive, Earl died earlier this year. Hard to believe that they were just teenagers when they did those first recordings in 1936!

I'll have to go some to even approach that list without duplications, so for now, I'll just have to add a couple of family groups of more recent vintage, Nova Scotia's The Rankin Family and The Ennis Sisters from Newfoundland. Lamentably, The Rankin Family recently called it quits ~~ I think their last concert is scheduled for early next month. Raylene, Cookie, and Heather do have a series of Christmas Concerts with Symphonies planned, so you Canadians catch them while you still can.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: WyoWoman
Date: 08 Oct 99 - 11:10 PM

Susan--I just got the first Emmylou/Linda/Dolly "Trio" CD and am learning several songs from it. Yes, they've got a second "Trio" album, as I understand.

WW


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: DonMeixner
Date: 09 Oct 99 - 12:21 AM

The Sons of The Pioneers

Robin and Linda Williams

Lulu Belle and Scotty

Chad and Jeremy

Peter and Gordon

The McGarrigles

Don


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: mountain tyme
Date: 09 Oct 99 - 01:00 AM

I would just like to add/share with all of you that find tight "blood harmony" appealing, The Dezuric Sisters (sp?) sang on a radio show from the mid west I believe hosted by Eddie Arnold sponsered by Purina Feeds. The girls grew up singing while milking cows together. Their harmonies and speed can not be believed...even while listening to them. Because the show was sponsered by Purina Feeds the girls were asked to sing like chickens for the commercials and that they did. As a result they became more widely known as "The Cackel Sisters." The kicker is, they not only sang tight and very fast, they yodeled in harmony at an incredable speed. One non-novelty tune I recomend as a good example is "The Arizona Cowboy". They made no recordings but dupes of transcriptions are available. They performed for only a short time before one sister married and the act broke up. I highly recommend to anyone fasinated by harmony to attempt hearing them at least once. You will never forget their never to be believed sound. Their harmony gives the word an entirely new meaning. I have a number of their recordings I am asked to play over and over to the amazement of many of my fellow music lovers. I'm a singer not a speller and I can't find the spell check button...sorry. I do have MediaRingVoiz.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 09 Oct 99 - 01:04 AM

June Tabor and Maddy Prior aka The Silly Sisters but only if you like very unusual harmonies.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Mike Billo
Date: 09 Oct 99 - 11:12 AM

Mountain tyme is absolutely right. There is one recording by the DeZuric sisters on an anthology called "Old-Time Country Duets" on Arhoolie, that's incredible.

In a similar vein, were Dolly and Molly Goode, the "Girls of the Golden West".


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: emily rain
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 02:14 PM

go bev and jerry! silly sisters kick some serious arse.

sally rogers and claudia schmidt also have their moments. their second joint album is a bit shakey, but the first one is very nice. a friend just yesterday reminded me of the king's singers. they have a careful, precise quality, very different from the unrestrained blood harmonies discussed above, but satisfying in its perfection.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Magpie
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 02:32 PM

Oh yes, Bev and Jerry,I forgot Silly Sisters. The Voice Squad is also a must in this thread.

Magpie


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: j0_77
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 02:43 PM

Any oldtimey mountain singing with that random harmony.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Martin _Ryan
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 07:41 PM

No mention of The Persuasions? The Voice Squad, incidentally, have recently called it a day.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 07:55 PM

The DeZurich Sisters' 'Arizona Yodeler' may be heard on Various Artists 'American Yodeling 1911-1946'. As has been said above, it is an incredible performance. The CD is on the German Trikont label Trikont US-0246-2. It is a great CD, as is its companion on the same label 'Black and White Hillbilly Music'. The Arhoolie LP mentioned (Old Timey 128) is long out of print, but as indicated, the Dezurik's 'Birmingham Jail' is great. The album also has tracks by Dixon Bros, Blue Sky Boys, Delmores, Bailes Bros, Girls of the Golden West, Buchanan Brothers, Armstrong Twins, Webster Bros and Johnny and Jack - it is well worth looking out for in secondhand shops. Unfortunately, Chris Strachwitz has made no move to reissue any of his fine Old Timey LP series on to CD, apart from some of the western swing.

Mountain tyme, I have seen the name spelled variously Dezurik and DeZurik - sometimes by the same source!


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Mudjack
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 08:14 PM

Alene and Elkin Thomas... (spelling is wrong )Texas couple who toured several years back, hav'nt heard to much from them in recent years. (?). The Watersons from England were extremely good and MAG's choice of Sweet Honey on the Rock. Fine fine stuff. And then there is Ladysmith Black Mambazo(spelling again).
UMmmmm shaaa na-na Ummmm....
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 08:27 PM

Another thred reminded me of Dolly, Linda, and Emmy Lou.

emmy Lou's voice has too much vibrato in it, for my taste, solo, but she blends great.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Pete Peterson
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 08:41 PM

I can't believe nhobody has mentioned the Carter Family yet; therefore I shall. Sara and Maybelle with AP joining in where-ever he felt like it-- wow! Agree with the list of brother (and sister) duets-- my friend Tim Woodbridge believed that it was the opportunity to sing together a LOT while growing up as well as heredity. I'm an only child myself but have always envied those who have harmony right within the family. PETE


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Stewie
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 09:46 PM

In my above posting, I meant to say 'Cajun' not 'western swing' - Stratchwitz great western swing compilations still lie in limbo.

Many of my favourites have been covered, including the fine Robin and Linda Williams, but to add a few not mentioned: The Johnstons, Robin and Barry Dransfield, The Seldom Scene (particularly when John Starling was present), The Young Tradition, Jolly Jack, Red Clay Ramblers, Muckram Wakes, Regal Slip, Swan Arcade. One of my all-time favourites is the album by Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice 'Skaggs and Rice'. Sugar Hill reissued it on CD with a lamentably short running time - perhaps that is all there ever was available, but every moment is a joy. Of course, great harmony groups abound in the black American tradition, particularly in gospel, but that is another story.

Susan, the second Trio album is indeed available. In addition, there is another new release: Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris 'Western Wall' (WB). This features them as duet partners and includes Olney's '1917' and Cohen's 'Sisters of Mercy'.

Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 10:28 PM

What a fine thread!!! Tyme, I'm impressed! Outside of the "blood" harmony folks, I have to put in a little plug for Robin and Linda Williams....just something about their sound....don't know ( or care ) what...They just have that mountain thing, whatever that is.

Like the thread on what attracts us to a song, some things are hard to put into words.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Mudjack
Date: 11 Oct 99 - 10:32 PM

Ringer/McCaslin"'s Bramble and the Rose is hard to beat.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: bbelle
Date: 11 Oct 99 - 10:45 PM

Here's a trivia bit: The type of "close" harmony heard from siblings, i.e., Lennon Sisters, Osmond Brothers, Everly Brothers, Louvin Brothers, and all other brother or sister groups is physiological, not acquired or learned. While many other duos, trios, groups have great harmony, it is acquired or learned. There have been maybe 2 or 3 people, with whom I've sung harmony in the past 30 years, that was so close it made the hair on the back of my nect rise. It's a feeling I'll never forget and to which I'm constantly aspiring ... moonchild


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: BK
Date: 11 Oct 99 - 11:05 PM

"Joe & Eddie" from the 60's folk era. Not brothers but childhood friends & fantastic. "Clishmaclaver" & "Side By Side," both from the DC area - now split up- as well as "Sanders, Cass & White" from the 'Balmer area. As well, of course, as many already mentioned.. Like to hear some o' them recordings mentioned. Think I'll add this to my tracer list.

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Dale Rose
Date: 12 Oct 99 - 04:36 AM

And there's Canada's should-be-world-famous Quartette, Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church, Sylvia Tyson, and Gwen Swick. Coleen Peterson was a member of Quartette until her death in 1996 at which time Gwen Swick joined the group. Quartette Official Homepage And another good page at the Internet Cowboy Site


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Davey
Date: 12 Oct 99 - 10:32 AM

Dale, thanks for mentioning Quartette... I second the motion. Incidentally, the Rankins are moving in more of a 'pop' direction and away from the traditional, I haven't bought their latest because the previous album did nothing for me personally.

Susan and Wyo, Parton, Ronstadt and Harris do have a Trio II album out, and it surpasses their first album IMHO..

Mudjack, I enjoy Ringer/McCaslin's 'Bramble and the Rose'.. Catch the version by Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin as well, or for that matter, any of their fine albums... They have a wonderfully traditional sound.

Also, I'd like to cast my vote for Tim and Mollie O'Brien for some chilling 'Blood Harmony'..

Folk1234, I agree with Bok, Muir & Trickett, I have nearly all their recordings.. great harmonies and wonderful choice of material...


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Easy Rider
Date: 12 Oct 99 - 11:12 AM

How about Ladyship Black Mambazza?


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: JR
Date: 12 Oct 99 - 11:13 AM

Gotta throw in a favorite of mine... The Limeliters.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 12 Oct 99 - 03:22 PM

Some people wil cringe at this as their harmonies weren't the cleanest, But I always thought that Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson and The Band sounded wonderful together.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 12 Oct 99 - 04:00 PM

I agree, Steve, and The Band was a great example of the fact that Harmony doesn't have to be pretty to be effective. Their voices were very far apart in almost every way, but they blended their harmony in a way that was quite striking. In the same way, the Grateful Dead achieved some innovative harmonies on American Beauty that far surpassed their individual vocal talents, or lack thereof.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: lamarca
Date: 12 Oct 99 - 04:22 PM

My current favorite tight harmony group is the British trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson. Jim Boyes used to be with Swan Arcade; don't know too much about Barry Coope and Lester Simpson. They have a slew of albums out on the "No Masters" label(as opposed to HMV, I suppose) that feature exquisitely tight, intricate harmonies that vary from traditional to Doo-wop depending on the piece they're singing. My two favorite albums are "Hindsight" (all traditional songs) and "Funny Old World" (mostly GOOD British singer-songwriters). Dick Swain introduced their stuff to my husband and me, and we wish we were three people so's we could sing the way they do!


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Frank Hamilton
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 01:38 PM

I vote for The Golden Gate Quartet. Phenomenal harmony and rhythm in gospel music. "Theodora is Dozing" from the Koutev "Music of Bulgaria" recording. Then there's the tradition of "Sacred Harp" singing. Harmony singing has a lot to do with what's appropriate for the style of music. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross would not be appropriate for bluegrass or sea chanteys but their harmonies were great. Next thread should be Great Singers Hall of Fame. :)

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: CarterNut
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 03:47 PM

The Carter Family have my vote. The way Sara and Maybelle weave their voices together. If you listen to them enough you begin to hear different little patterns in each and every song. Then I love the later recordings done by Mother Maybelle and her daughters. The way they stack their voices together, Anita's golden voice at the top of it all, Maybelle taking in the low end. That is pure heaven to me. I also particularly like Jim and Jesse McReynolds. They recorded a song not too long ago, the old Hank Williams song "Faded Love and Winter Roses", with Emmylou Harris that is just pure beauty. John J.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: kendall
Date: 14 Oct 99 - 03:35 PM

Let's not forget Joe Val, he could sing higher than most of us can think..Herb Applin is right up there too.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Davey
Date: 14 Oct 99 - 06:56 PM

A group I neglected to mention earlier is the British trio, Artisan. They are almost exclusively a capella, and wonderful...


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: KC
Date: 14 Oct 99 - 10:13 PM

I agree with JR on the Limelighters, they even have a song called 'Harmony.' Also Mandella, a duo I think might be out of DC, and Schooner Fare, an trio out of Boston with great traditionally-based songs. :-)


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Arnie Naiman
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 11:04 AM

Two of my fave harmony folksters are: Magpie -(Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner), Finest Kind (Ian Robb, Ann Downey, Shelley Posen)


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 08:08 PM

Some wonderful Harmony singers. Susan A-R noted some of my favorites. Cindy Mangsen, Priscilla Herdman, and Anne Hills occasionally tour as a trio. I first heard them at the Uptown Coffeehouse here in Balmer from the altar of a local church. It classifies as one of the magic evenings of my experience. Three fine solo singers in their own right who also seem to intuitively know harmony (some are born with it, I believe).

Marge bought me a special collectors edition of Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. Included are several tracks from the original album that are just the vocal tracks. I have a whole new appreciation of their version of Sloop John B. Ain't folk, but it's real nice!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 08:31 PM

I nominate the Early Music Consort of London and its performance of "Alle Psallite cum Luya" (13th century polyphony).

T.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: D-Dave
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 08:49 PM

How about Herb Pedersen who harmonised for Doc , Emmy Lou, Chris Hillman and just about everyone else.

Got to go along with Steve and EJ about the Band and their rough harmonies. Ain't no more Cain off the Basement Tapes is really fine along with all their other standards. And don't forget GD's Working Mans' Dead .

DD


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 07:39 PM

Listening to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds reminded me of this old thread. Anyone interested in harmony singing should listen to this album. The harmonic interplay is ethereal, unorthodox, stunning. The fascinating thing is you can clearly hear the secondary harmonics generated by the primary intended harmonies. In a word, Transcendent.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: kendall
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 07:52 PM

Schooner Faire is a trio located in Maine, not Boston. For harmony, I'd have to say Sons of the Pioneers, Trickett, Bok and Muir, The Country Gentlemen and the folks on Folk Legacy album, Five days singing.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 07:52 PM

Bob Dylan. Awesome harmony singer. Tom Waits is another one.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: WyoWoman
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 09:03 PM

That's hilarious.


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Ralphie
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 01:47 PM

Huge round of applause for a mench for Coope,Boyes, and Simpson from this side of the pond
Alongside the Watersons, (who occasionally share the same stage as Blue Murder)
But, who remembers Threadbare Consort??
A sort of Heavy Metal Trad acap band (4 Piece) who where around in the mid 70's...
I've got one of the few copies of their only LP....and it's mine, I tell you, all mine !!!! (Mad cackle ensues!)
Ralphie
One Meatball and no potatoes


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Subject: RE: Harmony Hall of Fame
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 02:57 PM

In Gospel, go for the appropriately named Harmonizing Four as number 1, and add The Fairfield Four (who are five now, and not as good as the older stuff) and Doyle Lawson as someone mentioned, The Sensational Nightengales and the Swan Silvertones. The Golden Gate Quartet created a sound that's been endlessly imitated, as did the Soul Stirrers, although they often just seemed to be a backup group for Sam Cooke or Johnny Taylor. And another major vote for Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Jerry


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