A quick story. I believe the GHG were the most favourite quartet of BABS and certainly one of the most entertaining of all time (IMHO). This particular visit, the GHG were singing at the Barbican centre in London England, during their set, they performed an iconic song from Les Miserables, after which one of my 'musical' friends said "did they stuff the tag up, or was it supposed to be like that!" haha, little did he know. Anyway, after the performance, during a 'kind of' afterglow, this skinny kid from England cheekily asked if he could sing with the GHG (back in those days this was a bit forward) however, they very kindly obliged with Rich stepping aside (although he hung around for a bit until he was happy I was gonna do OK) and we nailed one of their current repertoire songs (sorry can't remember which one). I have kept in touch with Jim particularly over the years and still exchange the odd email or two (goodness knows how he gets the time to answer) anyway he eventually does.
Before the days of X Factor and the like, I've always felt that the GHG have had something extra special (X Factor?) about them, sure International Gold Medal quartets of years gone by have all be gracious and generous, but to me there was something about the GHG that made them extra special. I'm not gonna guess what it was but it was certainly something. I thank them for this gift and wish they were still singing today, I for one like 1000's miss their presence and beautiful musicality. The Society and all of us better off for knowing them, satiated by listening to them and comforted by their tremendous and obvious bond
Kudos to all the members of the Gas House Gang.
~ Jim Catt (formerly BABS) now in Australia