The DQ of Amherst College

Amherst College Double Quartet (1940s)

1940s CoverThe first album recorded by the independent DQ after splitting from the Amherst College Glee Club.

1940s BackFrom the liner notes:

The eight men pictured above are not professional musicians, nor have they devoted their lives to music. They are just eight people who love to sing, and who have done something about it. They may be found practicing together each week, in any one of their favorite spots around the campus. The Double Quartet has long been a tradition at Amherst. It started out under the wing of the Glee Club, and through the years has become one of the outstanding features of The Singing College. Its songs are an unusual lot. The origins of many are not known. Some are traditional college songs, while others in a lighter vein have been acquired from a hundred and one odd corners. The songs on this album are from among those for which the DQ has become popular.

From left to right, its members are: Lew Ball, Manny Sargent, Pete Soderbergh, Craig Greason, George Bliss, John Esty (that is your narrator), Hank Skeele, and Lou Hood. Director of the group is Hank Skeele, and Walt Latzko has done many of the original arrangements. Bliss and Soderbergh take care of the solos.

For more information on this album, see the narrated accompaniment to the album made in 1992 by John Esty ’50, a member of the DQ featured on this album, featured in the History section.

  1. Hello
  2. Katie Malone
  3. Amherst Song Medley
  4. Are You From Dixie?
  5. I’ve Been Reading Freud
  6. Lindy Lou
  7. Mississippi Mud
  8. Mosquitoes