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BOB PIERCE in San Rafael, California names “Bury Me In My Overalls” as his favorite Gateway song.

” I first saw the Gateway Singers in Palo Alto in 1956 or 1957, and thereafter at the hungri i. I have completely worn out my copy of Puttin' On The Style.”

Bob Pierce
February 2007




BILL LEET in Davis, California, whose favorite Gateway song is Monaco,  is one who wore the grooves out of his copy of “Puttin' On The Style.”

“When I was a college freshman (1957), we played the Gateway Singers album constantly! “

Bill Leet
February 2007




KAREN STONE's parents saw The Gateway Singers perform at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo when her father was a student there in 1957.

"Puttin' On The Style" was a favorite of my grandfather's in the 1950s/early 1960s; my parents saw the Gateway Singers live in the 1950s and bought the album for my grandfather. I remember dancing to it as a little girl. My grandfather was definitely "blue collar" and "Bury Me In My Overalls" could have been his theme song. “

Karen Stone
February 2007




Favorite Gateway song of GEORGE ALLGAIR, who's now living in Florida , is “This Little Light of Mine.”

”I loved The Gateway Singers' music even though I am a jazz fan. I was stationed on the West Coast when I first became aware of their existence. No one else seems to remember the great music.”

George Allgair
January 2007




DON WILT names his favorite Gateway song as “Rock Island Line.”

” When we were married in 1963 my wife brought to our family the record "Puttin' on the Style." Over the years the tracks have just about worn off the record. This Christmas my son, Eric, ordered the three CDs for his mother as a Christmas present.

Thank you so much for reviving this great music on remastered CDs. We have played each CD through at lease three times since Christmas Day.”

Don & Kay Wilt
January 2007




RICHARD ATKINS in San Francisco was delighted to learn that The Gateway Singers albums were available on CD.

” My father introduced me to the Gateway Singers more than fifty years ago. They were his favorite folk music group. In the mid 1950's he took me to see them at The hungry i. What a memory! I would like to be able to play the Gateway CD's for my son, daughter and granddaughter. They would love the music.”

Dick Atkins
December 2006




IRMA JEAN CARLSON in California fulfilled a long-time ambition when she obtained The Gateway Singers albums on CD through this website.

” My husband and I saw the Gateway Singers at the Hungry I many times and once at Lake Tahoe. They were an exciting group. I have been wanting to get recordings of them for a long time but didn't think any were available
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I was very sorry to hear about Travis' stroke and Parkinson's Disease. I knew that Jerry Walter and Lou Gottlieb had died, but did not know Elmer Lee Thomas had also died.

I had bought a couple of their albums on LP's many years ago, and I played them so much that they became scratchy and worn out. I am so happy to have the opportunity to buy their albums. It will bring
back a lot of wonderful memories.

Once when my husband Glen and I saw them up at Lake Tahoe, Jerry Walter dropped his guitar pick and it landed over under our table. So I picked it up and I still have it!”

Irma Jean Carlson
December 2006




ED PEOPLES is the brother of Irma Jean Carlson

” I have many fond memories of The Gateway Singers' performances at the Hungry I during the '50s, and used to see Them as often as possible. I was hooked on them from the gate.

In the late '60s I was a probation officer in Sonoma County and visited Lou Gottleib several times at his Morning Star Ranch out of Sebastopol. We would talk about the Hungry I days while my cohorts would meet with their probationers and get up tight about their behavior. Lou and I would laugh. I saw him perform much later in Santa Rosa at the Burbank theatre.

We have one Gateway album, but its scratchy and we don't have a phonograph to play it on. “

Ed Peoples
December 2006




DON MCKECHNIE in California was excited about obtaining Gateway albums on CD.

I sure hope The Gateway Singers albums are available on CD. ”Man, I haven't thought about them in many moons but I discovered the Website while researching the Kingston Trio.

I did see the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary, and the Limelighters at Chico State when I was a student there. I think that was in 1963. I had "Puttin' on the Style.” Great songs.”

Don McKechnie
November 2006




RICHARD PARDO, now living in Virginia, is rekindling his Gateway memories via their CDs from The Travis Edmonson Collection.

” During 1957 and 1958 I was a young Army officer stationed at The Presidio of San Francisco. I must have gone to the Hungry I at least a dozen times or more to hear this marvelous group. What a treat that was!”

Richard Pardo
November 2006




ROGER HULBUSH, now living in Washington State, treasures the “Gateway Singers at the hungry i“ album.

”My now departed wife Lona, and I saw The Gateway Singers live at the Hungry i in 1956. It was fantastic. I had the 33 1/3 album but somehow during several moves it was lost. I need to replace that for the wonderful memories. “

Roger Hulbush
October 2006


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