THE FABULOUS GATEWAY SINGERS
The Gateway Singers Sound
To create the Gateway sound, Lou Gottlieb initiated inventive arrangements across an incredible breadth of material. The jazz overtones, the jocular humor and messages in many of their songs made the quartet genuine pathfinders for the hundreds of groups which followed them. Because they had no specific formula beyond an emphasis on pure quality, they were an influence for just about every single act which trailed in their echo.
In actual fact, The Gateway Singers had the intention of patterning themselves on what The Weavers were doing, but with a wish to add a raft of trimmings to the extant folk songbook, which when they came together, was, in practice, still only a slim volume. For this reason, in some circles, they had become nicknamed “The Reweavers.”
But The Gateway Singers offered no hand-me-downs with a few patches to cover the threadbare spots. Their product was genuine couture. The source material might have been classic, but there was no trace of the dated or quaint in their songs - rather amazing arrangement and performance genius which allowed the authenticity of the originals to shine through within a fresh, but never artificial or contrived form.
Each of the Singers was encouraged, and took the opportunity, to enhance the vibrant catalogue of musical fare which made up their program. All contributed original compositions and adaptations. Jerry Walter was responsible for many Gateway arrangements. Elmerlee Thomas brought spirituals from the black churches. Travis Edmonson introduced melodies from south of the border. Anything of quality that was interesting, charming , unique or timeless was welcome. There were no limitations.
And behind that brilliant sound and diverse repertoire lay a philosophy which gave substance to all the style.
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