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The Colgate Thirteen, Free the Colgate Thirteen

Free the Colgate Thirteen | 1975, Vinyl

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Track Song Title Play
1 Breakin' Up Listen
2 Shenandoah
Soloist: Peter Tannenbaum
3 Ballin' The Jack
Soloist: Rick Lacey
4 Yesterday Listen
5 Hooray For Love Listen
6 Joey
Soloist: Peter Cunningham
7 Sandman Listen
8 Ezekiel
Soloists: Daniel Mason, Peter Tannenbaum
9 Maggie Blues
Soloist: Daniel Mason
10 Blue Moon
Soloist: Bruce Levkoff
11 Teenager
Soloists: Bill Goodmen, David B. Hart
12 Dear Heart
Soloist: Eric R. Warren
13 Black Water
Soloist: Bruce Ward
14 Coney Island Baby
Soloist: David Stappenbeck
15 Colgate Alma Mater Listen

Hamilton, N.Y.—

A police spokesman from this small upstate village revealed today that a group of young men known as the "Colgate Thirteen" actually may not be an alliance of political radicals as formerly suspected. Apprehended recently by local authorities, the group has been under careful surveillance since 1942, when the organization originally became known to the public.

The Thirteen claims to be in reality a college singing group which performs for a wide variety of audiences all over the Northeast, including alumni clubs, resorts, civic organizations, colleges, and high schools. The group allegedly is on tour almost every weekend, traveling to and from engagements in their own private 28-foot maroon limousine. Ostensibly included in their repertoire are show tunes, barbershop numbers, folk and popular music, and traditional college songs.

Usually reliable sources indicate that the Thirteen's true numbers substantially exceed thirteen, although only that number is operative at any time. An unconfirmed rumor reports that each member is actually enrolled as a full-time student at Colgate University, a small prestigious college of the liberal arts, founded in 1819 and located in Hamilton.

The group's stated purpose, which is "to spread Colgate songs and Colgate singing in the College and in the world", appears to be in the interest of the college, although some hold that this may possibly be a front for underground operations.

At present, officials are unable to substantiate reports of subversive activities, but are considering both suspending the Thirteen's poetic license and charging the group with several counts of captivating audiences. A spokesman for the Thirteen promised that the group would appeal immediately. When asked to comment on the Colgate Thirteen's chances for success, he confidentally replied, "We never lose."