March 2019

Musicians in Bathrooms: Vintage Four—A Barbershop Quartet

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Musicians: Bill “Duke” Andrus, Jim Chessman, Mike “Squeak” Dorsey, Brian Franck

What’s your sign?
Bill Andrus: Leo
Jim Chessman: Leo
Mike Dorsey: Pisces
Brian Frank: Leo

Most underrated song that in your opinion should be a classic.
BA: “God Bless America”
JC: “Lost in the Fifties Tonight”
MD: “The Meadow”—Joe Walsh
BF: “Over the Rainbow,” sung by Eva Cassidy

What is your favorite song to perform?
BA: “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”
JC: “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”
MD: “Caroline” and “Darkness on the Delta”
BF: “Something”—George Harrison

What do you sing in the shower?
BA: Anything that comes to mind. It will vary from day to day.
JC: “Sweet and Lovely”
MD: “In My Life”—Beatles
BF: Anything, everything, and I even make up some new ones.

Favorite cereal?
BA: Cheerios
JC: Kashi Go Lean
MD: Apple Jacks
BF: Cheerios

At what venue do you most like to perform?
BA: Any senior facility
JC: Strolling among tourists at Harbour Town
MD: Any with a good sound system
BF: Casual, medium-sized and personal

First concert you attended?
BA: Segovia
JC: Purdue Glee Club
MD: KISS
BF: Lionel Richie in Cleveland with my daughter

Favorite artist(s)?
BA: Frank Sinatra
JC: Dave Brubeck
MD: Beatles and Billy Joel
BF: Rembrandt as a painter and Billy Joel as a singer/songwriter

Place you go to get away from it all.
BA: My backyard
JC: My home in Moss Creek
MD: In the garage to make furniture
BF: Chorus rehearsal or Peaceful Henry’s (cigar shop)

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
BA: I gram and book. My handle is Bill Andrus (I know, not very original)
JC: Do not tweet, gram or book
MD: Used Facebook (mrdlowcountry), but it got too politically charged.
BF: Sorry, but I don’t do any of these.

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
BA: I would have chosen John Denver, but he isn’t around any longer. I suppose Tom Hanks, as his father was a great singer.
JC: Tom Hanks
MD: Ty Pennington
BF: Mickey Rooney

First instrument you learned to play.
BA: Clarinet
JC: Piano
MD: Drums
BF: Piano

Song you were thrilled to finally master.
BA: “Star Spangled Banner”
JC: “How are Things in Glocca Morra”
MD: “Fire and Rain” on piano
BF: “The Lord’s Prayer”

What do you wish you knew more about?
BA: Music
JC: Music
MD: Finances/the stock market
BF: Computers and iPhones

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
BA: Barbra Streisand
JC: Tony Bennett
MD: Ray Charles
BF: Celine Dion

What animal do you most identify with?
BA: Lion
JC: DOGS. I’ve had a dog since I was in the eighth grade. That was about 1948. They say a dog is man’s best friend. For proof of that, lock your dog and wife in the trunk of a car and see which one is glad to see you when you let them out.
MD: Carolina Wren
BF: Lion

If you got super famous and you had to change your name, what would your new name be?
BA: The Duke
JC: The Big Cheese
MD: Felix Hilton
BF: Frankie O’Brian

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