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The Serendipity Singers
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductees

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SERENDIPTY SINGERS BIO PHOTO

(Visit the Serendipity Colorado Music Hall of Fame page)

A mostly University of Colorado student group who hit nationally.  They were promoted locally by Jack Kaufman, the owner of Harmony Records who became known as the trumpet playing taxi driver.  Kaufman’s store was located in downtown Denver next to Woolworth’s and he featured rhythm and blues discs.  He distributed in the local area for Philips Records, King Records and a few others.

Many members of the original group were formerly with The Newport Singers from C.U.  They migrated to the New York folk scene in 1963 performing at the Bitter End and it was in New York where they changed the name to the Serendipity Singers.  By the early 1970’s all original members of the group had departed and revolving lineups would continue with the Serendipity Singers name into the 2000’s.  The group was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013 with Judy Collins, Bob Lind and Chris Daniels.

Original members included Bryan Sennett, Brooks Hatch, Mike Brovsky, John Madden, Jon Arbenz (deceased), Bob Young (deceased) and Lynne Weintraub – All of these except Lynne were from The Newport Singers.  They were supplemented with Diane Decker and Tommy E. Tiemann both from Texas.  By the fourth LP Patty Davis had replaced Lynne Weintraub,

When the glory days were finished they recorded a Colorado based LP on the Empire Label “Musical Postcard From Vail – Not sure which musicians performed on this LP – whether or not it was a reunion effort or by the replacements.

LP – Philips 200-115 – The Serendipity Singers – Charted March, 1964 – #11

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LP – Mercury Wing 16352 – The Serendipity Singers (Budget Reissue)

LP – Philips 600-134 – The Many Sides of the Serendipity Singers – Charted June, 1964 – #64

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SERENDIPTYS - PHILIPS 600134 - RA SERENDIPTYS - PHILIPS 600134 - RBA (1)

LP – Philips 200-151 – Take Your Shoes Off – Charted January, 1965 – #149

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LP – Philips 200-180 – Bowl Em Over – 1965
This is a special release cover of the “We Belong Together” LP shown below.  The liner notes state “One of the ‘happening’ sequences find the Serendipitys bowling…. at least one is bowling is and the rest of the group are pins!”  And the caption for their photo on the back states “The Serendipity Singers are featured in “Go-Go Bowling Campaign”.  Sounds like a great cause for the turbulent Sixties.

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LP – Philips 200-180 – We Belong Together – 1965

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LP – Philips 200-190 – Sing of Love, Lies and Flying Festoons – 1965

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SERENDIPTYS - PHILIPS 200190 - RA SERENDIPTYS - PHILIPS 200190 - RBA (1)

LP – United Artists UAL 4149 – “The Way West” Soundtrack

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SERENDIPITY SINGERS - UNITED ARTISTS 4149 A (1) SERENDIPITY SINGERS - UNITED ARTISTS 4149 A (2)

LP – United Artists UAS 6619 – Love Is A State of Mind – 1967

LP -Empire 2948 – Play The Palace –

LP – Empire 2949 – Musical Postcard From Vail

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LP – United International 12880 – “Serendipity Gold” – 1980

By the time this was released all original members were long gone.

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LP – JCI 3109 – Folk Sixties – 1985

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LP – Pickwick SPC-3227 – The Cowsills, The Serendipty Singers, The Mindbenders and The Lincoln Park Zoo

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45 – Philips 40175 – Don’t Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man) b/w Freedom’s Star – Charted February, 1964 – Peaks #6

The song was first released as “Crooked Little Man” and quickly reissued when it hit the charts

PHILIPS 40175 - SERENDIPITY DJ A

Philips 40175V - Serendipity Singers - Crooked Little Man Philips 40175V - Serendipity Singers - Freedom's Star

Philips 40175 - Serendipity Singers - Don't Let the Rain Come Down Philips 40175 - Serendipity Singers - Freedom's Star

Philips 40198 – Beans In My Ears b/w Sailin’ Away – Charted May, 1964 – Peaks #30

PHILIPS 40198 - SERENDIPITY A PHILIPS 40198 - SERENDIPITY B

Philips 40215 – Down Where The Winds Blow b/w The New Frankie & Johnny Song – Charted August, 1964 – Peaks #112

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Philips 40236 – Same Old Reason b/w Autumn Wind – Charted October, 1964 – Peaks #114 Regional Charts

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Philips 40246 – Little Brown Jug b/w High North Star – Charted January, 1965 – Peaks #124

Philips 40246 - Serendipity Singers - Little Brown Jug PS

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Label Variation

Philips 40273 – My Heart Keeps Following You b/w Rider – Charted April, 1965 – Peaks #145 Regional Charts

Philips 40292 – Run, Run Chicken Run b/w We Belong Together – 1965

Philips 40309 – The Bells of Rhymney b/w Oh Brother – 1965

Philips 40331 – Plastic b/w When Peaches Grow On Lilac Trees  – Charted December, 1965 – Peaks #118
(“Plastics” was tied in to the promotion)

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SERENDIPTY SINGERS - PHILLIPS 40331 SLV DJ A SERENDIPTY SINGERS - PHILLIPS 40331 SLV DJ B

SERENDIPTY SINGERS - PHILLIPS 40331 SLV A SERENDIPTY SINGERS - PHILLIPS 40331 SLV C

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Philips 40356 – Phoenix Love Theme b/w If You Come Back In Summer – 1966

PHILIPS 40356 - SERENDIPITY PS

Philips 40385 – Another Side to This Life b/w Maybe, Baby – 1966

Philips 40410 – Born Free b/w Autumn Bound – 1966

United Artists 50137 – Hawaii b/w Wishing Doll – 1967

United Artists 50166 – The Way West b/w Love to Love – 1967

United Artists 50168 -The Boat That I Row b/w  Signs Of Love – Charted June, 1967 – Peaks #149 Regional Charts

UNITED ARTISTS 50168 - SERENDIPITY DJ A UNITED ARTISTS 50168 - SERENDIPITY DJ B

United Artists 50317 – Rain Doll b/w Love is a State of Mind – 1968

United Artists 50457 – What Will We Do With the Child b/w Illusions – 1969 (featuring Nick Holmes)

United Artists 50532 – Come Softly To Me b/w Cotton Mouth River – 1969

UNITED ARTISTS 50532 - DJ A UNITED ARTISTS 50532 - DJ B

Collectibles COL 4250 – Don’t Let the Rain Come Down b/w Montego Bay (by Bobby Bloom) – 1986

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