The Last Resort!
Mary Voll, Barb Seith, Lonnie Finnie and Keith Gatling
This very popular mostly-women's quartet was launched in the winter/spring of 1977, and started as a womens' trio, a la The Andrews Sisters. Barbara Seith recalls, "The Last Resort started because Mary starting singing Sentimental Journey and Lonnie and I started singing harmony on a break in the Chapel. We decided it sounded pretty good and that we could be a group. Mary came up with the name - I think it might have been a name she had previously used. There might have been some subtext about it being a non-barbershop group and therefore never being allowed to sing in the concerts. I did most of the arranging for the group -- although we used some published women's trio stuff (Steam Heat, Dear Hearts and Gentle People), or we borrowed from the women's barbershop group (Snap, Crackle, Pop)."
So how did a bass of all people end up being part of the group? "They were singing 'Chapel of Love' in the choir lounge," recalls Keith, "when I just happened to walk by and added the 'ding dongs' underneath it as I walked down the hallway. They liked it, but were hesitant about becoming yet another choir quartet. What had made them special was that they were a trio. But eventually I became 'one of the girls', to the point where I was regularly practicing in women's bathrooms with them before gigs."
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