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Brisbane's historical meeting in harmony with the past

Brisbane's historical meeting in harmony with the past

Brisbane's historical meeting in harmony with the past

8 November 2019

Pictured above: Salvation Army pop music group, Harmony 4 plus 4, in the 1960s (from left) Merv King, Raymond Moore, Eric Moore, Barry Moore, Verna Gittins, Dorothy Moore, Coral Luhrs and Jocelyn Luhrs. Photo courtesy Barry Moore. Pictured below: Harmony 4 plus 4 members in 2019 (from left) Verna Gittins, Raymond Moore, Barry Moore (with the original tea-chest bass), Dorothy Moore, Coral Luhrs, Merv King and Jocelyn Luhrs. Photo courtesy Robert Marshall.

By Garth Hentzschel

Four female singers who were part of the 1960’s Salvation Army pop music group Harmony 4 plus 4 recently reunited to perform pieces they had sung 50 years earlier.

Their presentation was part of a celebration of the group, led by Barry Moore, at a recent meeting of The Salvation Army Historical Society, Brisbane Chapter.

Historical photos of the group, sound recordings and moving images were also part of the celebration.

All members of Harmony 4 plus 4 came from Nundah Corps in north Brisbane. The original group consisted of the four female singers – Coral Luhrs, Dorothy Moore, Jocelyn Luhrs and Verna Gittins – and bandsmen Barry Moore (tea-chest bass), Eric Moore (accordion), Merv King (cornet) and Raymond Moore (drums).

Half of the group comprised the Moore family, which included husband and wife Eric and Dorothy Moore and their sons Raymond and Barry.

In the 1960s, Harmony 4 plus 4 held concerts and also participated in meetings and open-air services. They performed at Parramatta, Campsie and recorded a session for the Christian Broadcasting Association in Sydney.

In Melbourne, they played at Hawthorn, Geelong, Box Hill, in the Plaza of the Southern Cross Hotel, appeared on the television programs Time for Terry, In Melbourne Tonight and played at Swinburne College.

The group also performed alongside the Melbourne Staff Band and pop sensations such as Col Joy and Little Pattie.

Garth Hentzschel is the President of The Salvation Army Historical Society, Brisbane Chapter.



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