Gentlemen Songsters

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The Gentlemen Songsters
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Background Information



Formerly Known As

Chevrolet Glee Club of Detroit

Years Active

1932 - Present


Peggy Barry Bartz


Hwa-Ling Russell


Membership Requirements

Male, Joy of singing

Rehearsal Location

Clawson High School
Music Roon


Tuesday nights
7:30 pm- 9:30 pm


The Gentlemen Songsters began in 1932 as the Chevrolet Glee Club of Detroit. It was founded by Dave Redwood a general foreman at the Chevrolet-Detroit Forge Plant who thought that men needed to do something more than work all day.

In the late 1970's, during a recession, Chevrolet dropped their sponsorship. Rather than give Chevrolet free publicity, the membership voted to change our name. After an extensive search, They borrowed the name from a line in an old glee club song "The Whiffenpoof Song."

The Gentlemen Songsters perform throughout the year at retirement communities, nursing homes, churches and other civic functions. As members of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association, Each year They participate in an "Annual Sing" in which they join voices with approximately 300 singers from around the Michigan/Indiana/Ohio area.

Over the years, the Songsters have sung at numerous Soap Box Derbies, various World's Fairs, Chevrolet new car introductions, many Michigan Great Lakes Male Chorus Association State Sings and Associated Male Choruses of America International Sings.

On Saturday, October 9, 1948, the first day that Channel 7, WXYZ-TV, began televising, The Chevrolet Glee Club performed the first program on that station prior to the telecasting of the World Series baseball game from Cleveland.

The Gentlemen Songsters with
Accompanist Hwa-Ling Russell - left
Director Peggy Barry Bartz - far right


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