December 31, 2008 7 Comments
With the return of Perfect Heart, I was reminded of a routine they did when I saw them in concert once. The personnel was tenor Garry Sheppard, lead Dale Shipley, baritone Darren (?), bass Mike Presnell, and pianist Jeff Stice. Garry starts out saying he always wanted to be a bass singer or how singing bass was easy and he wanted to do it so they all swapped around. Garry moved to bass, Presnell moved to lead, Dale moved to baritone, Darren moved to piano (had a funny joke asking if the sustain pedal was a gas pedal) and Stice moved to tenor. They sang “Have a Little Talk with Jesus.” Instead of singing the low bass notes, Shep would blow a raspberry. It was pretty hilarious!
The Perrys did something similar when they first went to the 3 male/1 female lineup. They did a male quartet where their lead singer Loren Harris went to bass, bass singer Tracy Stuffle went to tenor, baritone Curt Davis went to the piano, pianist Dennis Horton sang lead, and the bass player Jamie Bramlett sang baritone and played bass.
I’ve seen on some Statesmen videos where Doy Ott would go to the piano and Hovie would join the other vocalists mid song.
Does anyone else have any examples?