The Seventies

Seventies photo of the Gentlemen Songsters

1970 Janet Lawton became our Accompanist. Local comedian, Tommy Mundon made a second appearance as a guest artist at our Annual Concert.

1971 The Choir was invited to sing at The Ideal Homes Exhibition at Bingley Hall, Birmingham (the site of the present Birmingham Symphony Hall).

1972 Our guests at the Annual Concert were Betty Banks and the folk group "Gemini 3".

1973 The Choir's popularity had grown, and it was necessary to move the location of our Annual Concert from local church halls to the 900-seat Brierley Hill Civic Hall. Our guest artists on this occasion were Herbert Bowen (tenor) and Harry Millward (bass).

1974 We produced our first stereo LP, extracts of which were broadcast on Radio Birmingham. We have also featured in radio broadcasts elsewhere in the England and Scotland, and in the USA and Australia. We have also appeared live on television from BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham.

1975 Sopranos, Beryl Hill and Rosemary Ashman were the guest artistes at the Annual Concert.

1976 This year's Annual Concert saw soprano, Catherine Smith, and comedienne, Dolly Allen as guest artistes.

1977 Tommy Mundon appeared again at the Annual Concert - this time with the soprano, Marylyn Troth. David Lloyd George was appointed as the Choir's first President on completion of his extended period as Chairman. Sadly he died in the same year.

1978 The Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir became the first choir to sing on the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain - [top photo above] - courtesy of the Wolverhampton Express and Star.

Janet Lawton was appointed Deputy Conductor

Jim Grainger - our prolific "Letter Writer to the Wolverhampton Express & Star" discovered the following article and photograph which appeared in the Dudley Herald on July 7th 1978 ...

 Express & Star Artical from July 1978

1979 We commenced our annual spring Celebrity Concerts in our new "home", the 1060-seat Dudley Town Hall. Our guests on this occasion were Maryetta and Vernon Midgley, accompanied by their mother, Gladys. We have since performed on many occasions with the Midgley family, and have forged strong relationships with these "stars" of such radio programmes as Friday Night Is Music Night.

The following picture of the choir, outside the ruins of Dudley Priory, was taken at the end of the 1970's

Gentlmen Songsters Outside Dudley Priory