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Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/2/2021 | Era: 1960s | Director: Al Stewart

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Source: Bill McGaughey collection

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Hey Paul. Found a write up I did shortly after I found and digitized the tape. I think the thing that was so special about it was here was Al at his very best. Something we never got on the records.”
 

Let There Be Music

It started as a simple basement cleaning exercise a few months ago.  I was on a no holds barred; take no prisoners mission when I came upon a simple, brown cardboard storage box.  I thought I should at least see what’s inside before I committed it to the dumpster.  To my surprise, it was filled with old reel-to-reel tapes I hadn’t seen, or obviously listened to, in many, many years.  The box had survived numerous moves and had been sitting in a damp basement for at least the last 15 years, an almost certain formula for audio tape disaster.  My first instinct was to just toss it.  After all, any tapes in the box were certainly ruined by now.  But my natural curiosity and some innate need to never throw anything of any value away drove me into that box.  As I started to sort through the tapes I found most to be old pop music I’d recorded back in the 60’s and 70’s.  As I got to the bottom I found them:  two boxes of Scotch ¼” audiotape, Model 111.  On the back of the first box, hand written in blue ink, was the following:  Side 1 – Beginning through Plothow “Yesterday.”  Side 2 – “Danny Boy through Introduction to “Scholars”.  I knew immediately it was Mickey McGuire’s handwriting.  I was stunned.  

I don’t remember exactly how I came to have these tapes.  I suspect I asked Mickey to run a copy of my final concert, as I had done on previous occasions while in the club.  I took the first tape out of its box and to no surprise; the sides were covered with mildew.  Not a good sign.  I took them upstairs and cleaned them up the best I could.  Then the search began for my vintage Sony reel-to-reel tape recorder.  I knew I hadn’t thrown it away.  A frantic rifling of the house finally located it in the back of one of our closets.  At least I had the sense not to store it in the basement with the tapes.  I probably haven’t used it in 20 years so I wasn’t expecting much.  I took the covers off, cleaned the rolls and capstans, oiled the rollers and put it back together.  I apprehensively plugged it in and pressed the on button.  Much to my surprise there was no smoke.  The lights came on and I could hear the motors purring.  So far, so good.  The moment of truth had arrived.  I gingerly loaded the first tape, threaded it through the capstan and onto the take up reel.  Remember the old reel to reels?  I put the earphones on and with not much confidence twisted the start lever to play.  The tape started rolling.  

Coming from offstage, I heard us singing the Purdue Hymn.  I was mesmerized.  As the song ended I heard us start to run on stage.  The applause started to build;  then it increased as Bill moved to the piano and finally it was obvious Al had walked to center stage.  Bill started an introduction that became so much a part of us, Let There Be Music filled the earphones and I was off on a trip I thought I’d never experience again.  I was back on that stage for nearly 2 hours with the goose bumps and the tears and the emotions that made us so great.

I have some old glee club records I’ve tried to play from time to time, but they were so worn out it was always a disappointment.  Plus, Al was never there.  I even went so far as to contact Brian Breed a couple of years ago to see if there was a possibility to issue some “vintage” glee club material on CD.  No luck.  

The quality of what I listened to that afternoon was amazing considering the history of the tape and the machine it was being played on.  There was more hiss at the beginning of each reel than I wanted to hear and an occasional dropout.  Certainly not up to the digital standards we have become accustomed to these days, but overall, the quality was incredible.  I believe now it was a first generation tape, copied from the master that was made for a WBAA broadcast that was scheduled for the day after commencement.  

I knew immediately what I had to do:  preserve these treasures and share them with as many of my Brothers as possible.  Fortunately, a year and half ago, I obtained a digital MP3 player / recorder I have really enjoyed using.  I eventually produced digital MP3 files from the tape and started the editing process of cutting the songs into individual tracks and doing what limited processing I could do to improve the sound.  Finally, I reassembled the tracks and burned the CD’s you’re about to listen to.  A true labor of love.  

It’s all there…Al’s truly unique down home showmanship, Bill’s awe inspiring accompaniment, Dick Plothow, The Scholars, Kenny Knowles, Let There Be Music, The Eagle…only a few moments from our past, but a time that will live in my heart forever.  I thought I’d never be in that place again.

So, 35 years later, the house lights are coming down.  Make that last adjustment to your tie, check your fly and get ready to run on stage one more time.

 

Brothers, Sing On!
Bill McGaughey
Easton, Connecticut
June 3, 2003



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  1. Purdue Hymn
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 596 Duration: 00:02:50
  2. Let There Be Music
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 517 Duration: 00:03:11
  3. Al welcomes audience and introduces Ein Traum
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 848 Duration: 00:00:45
  4. Ein Traum (A Dream)
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 489 Duration: 00:02:39
  5. Al introduces The Eagle (Composer Noble Cain is in the audience)
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 1022 Duration: 00:00:28
  6. The Eagle
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 550 Duration: 01:37
  7. Al introduces Brothers Sing On
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 802 Duration: 00:28
  8. Brothers in Song Sing On
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 610 Duration: 02:12
      Singers:
  9. Al introduces The Spirit Flower
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 860 Duration: 01:18
  10. A Spirit Flower
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 546 Duration: 03:57
  11. Al introduces Cool Water
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 441 Duration: 00:33
  12. Cool Water
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 537 Duration: 03:41
      Singers: Byron Fox
  13. This Is My Country
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 449 Duration: 03:18
  14. Al introduces Yesterday
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 595 Duration: 00:54
  15. Yesterday
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 606 Duration: 02:26
      Singers: Dick Plothow
  16. Danny Boy
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 495 Duration: 02:20
      Singers: Dick Plothow
  17. Al introduces Marching To Pretoria
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 769 Duration: 00:09
  18. Marching To Pretoria
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 467 Duration: 01:31
  19. Al introduces Gonna Build A Mountain
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 753 Duration: 00:21
  20. Gonna Build A Mountain
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 482 Duration: 02:54
      Singers: Ted Howard
  21. Al introduces Set Down Servant
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 653 Duration: 01:44
  22. Set Down Servant
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 539 Duration: 03:05
      Singers: Bob Smith, Ted Pearson
  23. Glee Club Introduction
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 502 Duration: 03:35
  24. Al introduces Row Row Row
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 435 Duration: 00:12
  25. Row Row Row
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 505 Duration: 02:34
      Singers: Mack Shultz
  26. Al introduces I Wish You Love
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 592 Duration: 00:19
  27. I Wish You Love
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 465 Duration: 02:11
      Singers: Ron Walz
  28. Al introduces Walk Into The Dawn
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 845 Duration: 01:01
  29. Walk Into The Dawn
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 429 Duration: 02:27
      Singers: Michael W. Chung
  30. Al introduces I’ll Walk With God
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 783 Duration: 00:16
  31. I’ll Walk With God
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 504 Duration: 03:03
      Singers: Dan Macy
  32. Al introduces Three Scholars
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 896 Duration: 01:53
  33. A Very Good Year
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 680 Duration: 04:21
      Singers: The Three Scholars
  34. A Woe A Me
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 537 Duration: 02:51
      Singers: The Three Scholars
  35. Al introduces Soliloquy From Carousel
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 975 Duration: 00:24
  36. Soliloquy (From Carousel)
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 434 Duration: 06:59
      Singers: Zig Berzins
  37. Al introduces Sugarcane Jubilee
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 579 Duration: 01:01
  38. Sugarcane Jubilee
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 479 Duration: 02:25
      Singers: The Pappas
  39. Al’s followup, Sugarcane Jubilee
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 669 Duration: 00:26
  40. Happy Birthday Tom Ringer
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 512 Duration: 00:29
  41. Al introduces Once In Love With Amy
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 404 Duration: 00:30
  42. Once In Love With Amy
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 471 Duration: 02:12
      Singers: Rick Pickering
  43. Lazy River
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 527 Duration: 01:38
      Singers: Rick Pickering
  44. Al introduces Old Man River
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 896 Duration: 01:00
  45. Old Man River
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 499 Duration: 02:24
      Singers: Phil Jenkins
  46. Old Man River (Fast Version)
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 1 | Page views: 622 Duration: 01:56
  47. Senior Cane Ceremony
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 512 Duration: 03:03
  48. Senior Cane Ceremony Continued
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 500 Duration: 01:05
  49. Al introduces Water Come A Me Eye
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 538 Duration: 00:06
  50. Water Come-a-Me Eye
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 448 Duration: 02:39
  51. Al introduces Dominique
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 794 Duration: 00:06
  52. Dominique
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 420 Duration: 01:03
  53. Al Stewart introduces Mosquitoes
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 661 Duration: 00:24
  54. Mosquitos
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 552 Duration: 02:19
  55. Al Stewart, Ken Knowles Introduction
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 912 Duration: 02:23
  56. Once Upon A Time
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 675 Duration: 02:38
      Singers: Ken Knowles
  57. I Believe
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 1 | Page views: 747 Duration: 02:51
      Singers: Ken Knowles
  58. Al Stewart’s Comments on Purdue Students
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 567 Duration: 02:27
  59. Born Free Introduction
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 984 Duration: 04:24
  60. Born Free
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 659 Duration: 03:10
  61. Auld Lang Syne
       Rec. Year: 1968 | Added: 9/1/2021 | Comments: 0 | Page views: 794 Duration: 01:38

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