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Ayer High School Acappella Choir
Ayer High School Band
Ayer High School Pops Staged Song Productions,
Ayer Town Hall, Spring 1962

John Carton directs the Ayer High School Choir and band, also Plays the Piano for the Pops Staged Song Productions.

Recordings and Program notes:

The Ayer High School Acappella Choir

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1. "Charlotte Town is Burning Down"
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2. "The Paper Reeds by the Brook"
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3. "Every Night When the Sun Goes Down"
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4. "At The Cry of the First Bird"
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5. "I'm Gonna Ride in that Chariot"
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THE AYER HIGH SCHOOL BAND
6. "Strike Up The Band"
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7. "Tune in 5/4"
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8. Show Tune Medley
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9. "McHale's Navy"
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THE AYER HIGH SCHOOL "FOLK SINGERS"
10. "The Rock Island Line"

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11. "Hush Little Baby"
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12. "To Work Upon the Railway"
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13. "If I Had A Hammer"
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14. "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream"
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15. "Shadrak, Mishak, and Abednego"
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POPS STAGED SONG PRODUCTIONS
16. "I Enjoy Being a Girl"
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17. "Somewhere"
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18. "Standing On The Corner"
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19. "Till There Was You"
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20. "Get Me to the Church On Time"
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TECHNOLOGY
These Recordings were made in the Spring of 1962 the recordist is currently unknown. The microphone used was a Dynaco Type BM4 Ribbon microphone, center stage, approx 10 feet above the choirs (Property AHS Music Dept.). The Recording machine used was an Ampex 970 (c. 1960) stereo audio tape recorder (Property AHS Music Dept.) This particular model was one of the very first stereo audio tape recorders mass produced. The original 1/4 inch audio tapes were duplicated in 1964 by Jim Deering on a Roberts 770 1/4 track stereo recorder (Property Jim Deering) from which these digital recordings were made. The original recordings were left in the care of the Ayer Jr. Sr. High School Music Department. Over the ensuing 50 years Jim's copies have been in storage in various garages in various states. They have been played occasionally but full restoration has not been attempted until now (time/money/technology).


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