Old Timers Salute the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers

A couple of photos from way back when.

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The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus during the early 1960s, Bill James (center, white pants) directing.
(Gerry Taylor made this picture available to Mike Krieger, who passed it along for posting here.)











The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus during the early 1960s, Bill James (center) directing.
(Photo courtesy of Bob Chieffo.)

Steve Plumb comments:
I'm pretty sure this may be the Providence 1965 District contest that happened soon after our Boston International appearance.
These are the same uniform sets we used in Boston (so it could be Boston?). I think I remember using the Taconichords plaid jackets in Boston, though.











The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus, with Bill James directing, at competition in Boston. (Bill is in the front row, dark green jacket, fourth from the right.)
(Photo courtesy of Bill James.)











The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus, Bill James director (front row, red suit, fourth from right), circa 1966.

(Photo courtesy of Bob Chieffo.)


Steve Plumb recalls:
This is the 1966 International Chorus Contest picture from Chicago. It was our second shot at the big show and it was the debut of our brand new Newyorker outfits.
Stopped the show COLD for a 45 second ovation. Placed second in Stage Presence (behind only the champion Thoroughbreds in their white tuxes and roses).
We sang "Carolina Mammy" and "Roll Out of Bed with a Smile."
We lost our bet with the silver medalist Dapper Dans and had to build them a seven-foot trophy with all our names and other stuff on it, plus go down and sing on their show.
That night we found out all the airlines had gone on strike and Rudy Veltre collected our plane tickets and chartered a bus to take us back to Newark Airport (an 18-hour or so adventure).











The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus in 1969, Bill James directing. (Bill is in the front row, orange suit, fourth from the right.)

(Photo courtesy of Al Calavano.)


Steve Plumb writes:
Ummmm---this is a continuation of an old joke, right? The picture of the 1969 St. Louis International Contest Newyorkers lists Bill James, Director (only).
I recall fondly that I [front row, yellow suit, fourth from the left] also directed one of the two songs in that performance.
Back in 1969 no matter how many times we registered the chorus for contests or shows with both co-directors listed, the chorus was so strongly identified with Bill (no wonder)
they usually listed just him. I began to get an "I don't get no respect" complex. :-)
It happened in Hartford when we won the district and also in St. Louis when this picture was taken.

It got to be such a continuing joke, you may recall, when we gave a dinner to honor Bill when he moved away we presented him with a gigantic picture
of ME which got great laughs since everyone knew about the long series of omissions the other way.

By the way, the proudest object on my den wall is the gigantic hand-drawn image of me that Cliff Mellow created and was presented to me
(along with the glass-encased red-and-white striped tie [which was made by Bob and Diane Chieffo]) at the NED District Contest
Saturday night show in Albany, after I had moved away, which was the precursor of the photo they presented to Bill a few months later.
The whole thing truly was way more fun than a bother to me.

But, hey, you know it might be nice to have my name under that St. Louis picture, too, just this once.










The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus, Bill James directing. (Bill is in white.)
(Photo courtesy of Mike Krieger.)











The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus in 1970, Bill James directing. (Bill is in the center, arms raised.)
(Photo courtesy of Al Calavano.)












The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus, Bob Royce Director, in the early 1970s.

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Bud Fair Identifies the Newyorkers Shown Above:

Kneeling, front center . . . . . . . Director Bob Royce
Front left -- Big Lemon. . . . . . . Anton Grosz, Ed Johnson, Lee Borden, Art Burns
Front right -- Big Green . . . . . . Lew DiStasi, Mike Myers, Joe Burke, Bob Chieffo
Second left -- Big Pink. . . . . . . Frank Gould, (Jerry Andersen says this is Hank Schultz), Bob Hirsh, Cliff Mellow
Second right -- Big Light Blue . . . Rudy Veltre, Ed Koziol, Ed Miller, Pete Donatelli
Third left -- Big Orange . . . . . . Bruce Slack, (???), Bill McFadden, Fritz Jones
Third middle -- Big Red. . . . . . . George Hotchkiss, Jim Lurwick, Don Gutheil, with Bill Lahl in front
Third right -- Big Olive . . . . . . (???), Jim Pasquariello, (???), Fred Gielow
Fourth left -- Big Teal. . . . . . . Al Calavano, Glenn Smith, Don Dennerlein, John Haverkamp
Fourth left-center -- Big Lime . . . Roger Brockmeyer, Jerry Anderson, Tom Enger, Don Bunch
Fourth right-center -- Big Blue. . . (???), Joe Alber, Fran Benjamin, (???)
Fourth right -- Big Yellow . . . . . Ken Wheatly, Ron Yerke, Bud Fair, George Nagy


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The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus in the 1970s, Bob Van Wart (center) directing.
(Photo courtesy of Al Calavano.)











The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus in the 1970s, Cal Sexton (center) directing.
(Photo courtesy of Al Calavano.)









The sound on this webpage is the first few measures from "Once Upon a Time," the first song on the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers' recording.

This webpage has been prepared by Fred Gielow.