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1976 Champions

Tenor: Doug Anderson
Lead: Jim Meehan
Bari: Pete Neushul
Bass: Jim Kline


1976 FWD Champions
'79, '87, '89, '91, '92 Bronze Medalists
1977 and 1990 Silver Medalists

International Rankings:

1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
          10 2nd   5th 6
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
7 8 7 10 9 6 4th 6 3rd 2nd
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
5th 4th 6 12   25        


CD - "The 139th Street Quartet Collection"

Associate Members:

Lead: Larry Wright - 1979 - 1988

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Lead: John Sherburn - 1988 - 1991

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Lead: Dan Jordan - 1992 - 2010

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The 139th Street Quartet

Perhaps one of the most well-known quartets never to win International is the 139th Street Quartet. These guys were active as a quartet for over 23 years (1975 - 1997). They traveled the world singing unique barbershop arrangements and setting a standard for how a quartet can be an ambassador through song.

Winning seven medals, they were a perpetual force at International contests with a recordtying total of 19 appearances. They qualified to compete at International a record 21 times (1976-1996). They have quite a list of accomplishments. 139th Street Quartet were the 1976 Far Western District Champions. They placed 2nd in the 1977 and 1990 Internationals only missing the gold by a 53 and 20 points respectively.

They focused on songs from Tin Pan Alley and the '20s and often challenged the contest rules of the time. Some of their "hits" include: "The Bowery Medley", "Don't Put a Tax on The Beautiful Girls", "1927", "Jean", "Lulu's Back in Town", "My Mother's Eyes", "Kid's Song / Coney Island / Inch Worm", "Crazy Words", "The Best Times I Ever Had", "Money Makes the World Go 'Round", "I Wish I was 18 Again", "Wild Wild Women", "Can You Tame Wild Women?", "You Tell Her, I Stutter Too Much", "The Quartette from Rigoletto"

The 139th Street Quartet was very influential in other non-contest areas of the hobby. They encouraged the early growth of many affiliates, traveling to Sweden and England many times to promote the beginning of both affiliates (SNOBS and BABS). They were the first American quartet to sing in Russia, sparking interest there. They brought The Quiet Don Quartet to the San Francisco convention in 1990. Pete Neushul and Jim Kline were the founders of the Collegiate Quartet Contest in 1992.

The quartet often appeared on nationwide television with singing and acting roles on Night Court, Nurses and Cheers. They also sang backup for two of Neil Diamond's Christmas albums, earning them platinum records.

They won the FWD International prelims a record 12 times. The 15-year gap between their first and last medals remains a record, including a 13-year gap between silvers. Ironically, Jim Kline would win his third silver medal while singing with Gotcha! in 2003, 13 years after 139th Street Quartet's last silver.

Doug Anderson (The Far Westerners)

Jim Meehan (Golden Staters / The Far Westerners)

Peter Neushul (Buck Thirty-Nine / The Great Stage Robbery / Coastliners / The Bunster Freely Quartet)

Jim Kline (Gotcha! - 2004 Int'l Champions / Buck Thirty-Nine / Crown City Good Time Music Co.)

Larry Wright (California Gentry / Sundowners / Hot Pipes)

John Sherburn (Saturday Evening Post / The New Tradition - 1985 Int'l Champions / Crown City Good Time Music Co. / The Dapper Dans of Disneyland / Hot Pipes / The Diamonds)

Dan Jordan (Hi-Fidelity / The New Tradition - 1985 Int'l Champions / The Grand Tradition / The Perfect Gentlemen / Hot Pipes / Dapper Dans of Disneyland)

Sample Songs:

139th Street - The Best Times I ever Had
139th Street - Lulu's Back In Town

Other Significant Non-Barbershop Appearances:

TV - Night Court
TV - Nurses
TV - Cheers
TV - Big Brother 8
Record - Sang backup on Niel Diamonds Christmas Album