Comments: Checking in with Alvin Chea

Vinnie, I just wantedt to let you know that I've changed my email address. I don't know if you are even going to get this. You probably don't even check this website. If you do, write back. Take care.

Raychelle in Huntsville

Posted by Raychelle at January 20, 2008 12:44 PM

I am a Take 6 fanatic. I love listening to their music for enjoyment and to pick the voices apart. I have an acapella singing group where I sing bass. I try to mimic them, but I have a ways to go. I come from a family of musicians. My late grandfather, Jacob Carey (bass) and cousin, Zeke Carey were the co-founders of the Doo-wop/R&B/Rock and Roll group called THE FLAMINGOS. The group is known for their stella arrangements; most notable arrangement to an old standard, "I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU" (doo-wop, she-bop). My father, Jacob "JC" C. Carey is keeping the Flamingos alive. These 2 groups especially TAKE 6 have had a profound effect on my musical composing and arranging style. Alvin Chea is the best contemporary bass singer of this era. I love TAKE 6

Posted by Jacob C. Carey, II at November 10, 2008 1:18 PM

Hey Alvin, caught you last Monday night at the SCERA Shell in Orem Utah. I was the big old guy with the gray beard talking to you at the concession stand where you were all sitting - you signed my program last I think, right before you met two of my tall boys - I have eight kids all raised on Take 5 and other jazz vocal groups. I told you I sang with The Lettermen in 1969, recorded "Hurt So Bad" (#1 that year) and others like Shangri-La and Traces/Memories. I was mentioning that we had a reunion of old friend singers in the late 80s in LA, the year you sang at the Hollywood Bowl maybe? Jim Pike, who I replaced in the Lettermen for a year, who put together our reunion and Christmas album we did, saw you guys sing, sat behind Whitney Houston, and brought home your album Take 6. We all listened to it in his small studio with big speakers and we were all absolutely gassed. Honestly, your bass voice and rhythm makes the sound! I sing bass too, though also did falsetto stuff with The Lettermen - but it is that bass sound that makes the group!!! I have sung in jazz quartets since 14, always after The Four Freshmen style and some of their arrangements, the Hi-Los, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer, The Real Group, First Call...Love it all, especially Christmas stuff! It's like pure revelation to me! I sang in a missionary quartet in Brazil for 8 months in 1962, The Mormon Melodaires (three of us were at your Orem concert), singing boleros and ballads in Portuguese, Spanish, English and German - I did most of the arrangements with another guy, some from my memory of the FF and HLs. We found an album down there by The Jubilee Four, one song from which was David and Goliath. So when I heard your arrangement on your first album, I thought maybe you knew those guys too! I loved them!! Anyway, just letting you know again how much we loved the show and your unique place in the music world, and I still think your original two albums were classics, along with some of your great Christmas stuff - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen! Doug Curran

Posted by doug curran at September 11, 2009 3:12 PM
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