August 3, 1932 Asbury Park Press

by Albert Haim

"Rollickers Quartet, Clark Brewer, Victor Hall,, tenors; William Scholia, baritone; James Davles, bass; Clifford Lang, accompanist."

Evidently the individual Rollickers changed with time, except Victor Hall, a constant presence.

Here is some info about how some of the singers got together, from Radio Digest, March 1930.

Mr. Fate to the Rescue
FATE played a prominent part in or- ganization of the Maxwell House
Dixie trio, popular feature of the Maxwell
House Melodies program. Had the long arm of coincidence not stretched out as it did, Radio fans would probably
not now have the opportunity of hearing
the interpretations of these young singers
every Thursday night in the Maxwell
program.
Victor Hall, "daddy" of the trio, is one
of Radio's first stars, having sung over
the air when Radio-owners were few. He recognized the future of Radio, and
started to organize a group of male
voices which would be flexible enough
to handle every sort of music from opera
to jazz. He tried out a number of
singers, but none fitted his conception
A very recent but nevertheless charming addition to the stage,
Helen Charleston was starred in the RKO hour over the NBC system one Tuesday night no so long ago.
of what a trio should be. Meanwhile Kenneth Christie was
working in the WOR studio as an- nouncer and studio accompanist, a job
for which his all-round musical education
fitted him. One night he did the announcing and accompanying for a young singej- named Victor Hall. Hall was impressed with Christie's ability,
and vice versa. The nucleus of the organization was promptly formed. Coincidence
number one! Randolph Weyant, now first tenor of the trio, was at that time phlegmatically
carrying on his duties as assistant super- intendent of property at New York uni- versity in the daytime, and doing some
concert work in the evenings. At a
fraternity convention he was introduced
to a fraternity brother who was in Radio
work and liked the songs Weyant had
sung informally at the piano. The fra- ternity brother was Kenneth Christie. Coincidence number two!
Since Christie, in addition to arranging
and accompanying, had a perfect bari- tone voice, the trio was now complete,
but it was felt that Christie should
center his attention on the arranging.
So when Weyant, walking along 57th
Street, ran across a chap named Leonard
Stokes who had studied with him under
the great voice instructor, Oscar Segal, a new baritone was added and the search
for singers was over. Coincidence number
three!

Albert

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