Rossmoor Home Tour & The Lettermen

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

The Home Tour 12/4/2011

The homes along the Rossmoor Women's Club Holiday Home Tour were decked out in glourious holiday splendor on Sunday afternoon. While the decorated interiors were closed to cameras, the tour ended at Seal Beach Fire Station #48, a 12,000 sq. ft. "green" station house decorated for the holidays.

Rossmoor Home Tour

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To The Fire Station

Rossmoor Home Tour

Rossmoor Home Tour

Rossmoor Home Tour
Start your engines but don't gass us while doing so

Rossmoor Home Tour
She always matches

Rossmoor Home Tour
Engine on and no fumes

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
They keep their own gasoline just in case

Rossmoor Home Tour
R&R time

Rossmoor Home Tour

VFR To Cerritos For The Lettermen

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
No flash photography....

Did You Know? - The Lettermen are an American male pop music vocal trio. The Lettermen's trademark is close-harmony pop songs with light arrangements. The group started in 1959. They have had 16 Top 10 singles including one #1, 32 consecutive Billboard Magazine chart albums, 11 gold records, and five Grammy nominations.

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
We were up close and personal this afternoon

Did You Know? - The group was formed in late 1950s by Mike Barnett, Dick Stewart and Tony Butala. They auditioned for Jackie Barnett, chief comedy writer for the Jimmy Durante TV show. They landed the part to impersonate The Rhythm Boys, the vocal group that traveled with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra in the late 1920s, and gave Bing Crosby his initial fame. The "Newcomers of 1928" review opened on 28 February 1958 at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada. This review also starred Paul Whiteman, Buster Keaton, Rudy Vallée, Harry Richmond and Fifi D'Orsay. They played to sell-out audiences and were held over for many weeks.

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
Tony was a choir boy behind Bing Crosby on White Christmas

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
Great audience interaction

Did You Know? - The Lettermen were unknown until they signed with Capitol Records in 1961. Their first single for Capitol, "The Way You Look Tonight," succeeded on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Their next, "When I Fall in Love," reached the Top 10 in late 1962 and hit #1 on AC. They had several other Top 10 AC hits, such as 1965's "Theme From A Summer Place". In late 1967 Bob Engemann resigned, and was replaced by Jim Pike's younger brother, Gary Pike. The hits continued with the 1968 medley "Goin' Out of My Head"/"Can't Take My Eyes Off You", and in 1968 with "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", plus 1969's "Hurt So Bad", which reached #12.

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
Come on up....

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
The audience almost matches the singers

Did You Know? - They pride themselves in welcoming audience member photographs during the show, unlike many recording acts.

Among their many songs include renditions of several traditional Filipino kundimans such as Dahil Sa Iyo ("Because of You"), Sapagkat Kami ay Tao Lamang ("For We are Only Human"). Their enunciation and pronunciation in the language has developed over the decades that they have interpreted these love songs.

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
Very very funny

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
The entire audience was bee-bopping to the music

The Twelve Days Of Christmas Will Never Be The Same

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
Laugh out loud funny

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
Donovan provides a lot of assistance....

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos
... and he dances also...

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos

Lettermen Holiday Show at Cerritos