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Jan 15

Members of the Barton Hills Choir practice two David Bowie songs in anticipation of future performances.



Produced by Gavin Tabone
Guitar/Keyboards – Gavin Tabone
Vocals – Barton Hills Choir members
‘Starman’ and ‘Lady Stardust’ written by David Bowie


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Mar 11

Enjoy this video of the Barton Hills Choir rehearsing Don’t You (Forget About Me), the signature song from the 1985 John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.

Recorded at Barton Hills Elementary School, March, 2015.
Gavin Tabone – keys, guitar, tambourine
Don Cento – guitar
‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ – written by Forsey/Schiff
Video produced by Gavin Tabone

Fun Facts:

  • Soundtrack producer Keith Forsey originally asked The Fixx, Bryan Ferry, and Billy Idol to record Don’t You (Forget About Me) for the movie, but all three declined.
  • Simple Minds initially also declined, but encouraged by their record label, agreed to record it. Don’t You (Forget About Me) became a number one hit in the United States and around the world.
  • The song’s “la-la-la” coda is a case of a placeholder becoming the actual lyric, as neither Keith Forsey nor Jim Kerr of Simple Minds could think of actual words that made sense.

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Oct 14


Below are songs for 3rd and 4th grade choir members to rehearse for the Halloween Show, Saturday, October 26 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at Barton Hills Elementary.

How to download mp3 files from this web site.


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Oct 11

Here are two fun songs for practice. Octopus’s Garden features Director Gavin Tabone on keyboards, Jake Perlman on drums, and Never Smile at a Crocodile is performed by Aaron Dembe on the electric guitar and Gavin Tabone on keyboards. Vocals for both songs are performed by the sixth grade choir.

Octopus’s GardenOctopus’s Garden

Never Smile at a CrocodileNever Smile at a Crocodile

Fun facts:

  • Octopus’s Garden, from the Beatles’ Abbey Road LP, was composed by drummer Ringo Starr. He was inspired to write it after being told by a boat captain “how octopuses go ’round the sea bed and pick up stones and shiny objects and build gardens.” It was only the second song he had ever written. You can see Ringo and George Harrison working on the song in the movie Let It Be.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile is from Disney’s animated Peter Pan movie, released in 1953. The music was composed by Frank Churchill, the composer of the score for Snow White, who died in 1942.  Walt Disney asked Jack Lawrence to write lyrics to the clever melodic piece.



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