1963   1 comment


There are several great recordings in the 1963 “Music at Pingry,” but here’s one that stands out: No. 20 listed below, which is labeled on the album as “Farrell (Alice)”. It is the tune of “Alice, Where Are You Going?” a comic ditty from yesteryear, but with Farrell subbing for Alice. Can anyone reveal who Farrell was, or is? Whatever, just listen to it, not so much for the singing, but for the audience. The crowd is laughing almost from the start, delirious and loving every second of it. The Buttondowns, who rarely shy away from hamming it up, are absolutely killing. Is there anyone who remembers this skit and can describe what was going on? And if there’s a Farrell out there, please raise your hand.
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UPDATE The Farrell mystery has been solved, thanks a message from Tom Ulrich, ’65. See his comment at the bottom.

1. THE BRASS CHOIR
Let All the People Praise the Lord … Dressler
2. THE BRASS CHOIR
Nun Freut Euch … Ducis
3. THE GLEE CLUB
Laudate Nomen Domini … Tye
4. THE GLEE CLUB
O Magnum Mysterium … Handl
5. THE GLEE CLUB
Two Kings … Clokey
6. SOLO
O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings … Handel
7. THE BALLADEERS
Slow Motion Time
8. THE PINGRY CHORUS
Christmas Eve is Here
9. THE PINGRY CHORUS
Dry Bones
10. THE BRASS CHOIR
Nun Danket Alle Gott … Pachelbel
11. THE BUTTONDOWNS
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless … Byrd
12. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Ave Verum … des Pres
13. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Matona Lovely Maiden … di Lasso
14. THE BUTTONDOWNS AND THE KENT PLACE TRIPLE TRIO
La Biche … Hindemith
15. THE BUTTONDOWNS AND THE KENT PLACE TRIPLE TRIO
Puisque tout Passe … Hindemith
16. THE BUTTONDOWNS AND THE KENT PLACE TRIPLE TRIO
Cantate … Schuetz
17. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Carolina
18. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Teasin’
19. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Saloon
20. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Farrell (Alice)
21. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Animals
22. THE BUTTONDOWNS
Gathering Up the Roses

Posted October 23, 2011 by kjgranville

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  1. Farrell was the girls’ group’s president or other officer of their chorus/glee club, and she was seated on a chair with the Buttondowns in a circle around her – something we did at most concerts. At the “oh my goodness, oh my soul, there goes Alice (Ferrell) down the hole” part, the group pressed in around her looking down as if she had done down the drain!

    Tom Ulrich (1965)

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