Remember the Pretenders? 2009.06.10

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s variety group, The Pretenders, formed out of necessity in the fall of 1970. fayette.pretenders.jpg

The local women’s club was to serve as the host for the Fulton County Federation of Woman’s Clubs and entertainment was needed.

Since the Fayette women possessed some interesting skills, they decided to provide a variety show.

The program went so well—and the ladies had such a good time—that they kept it up. At an Eastern Star meeting in Morenci, the group was given a name. Ote Hartgrove referred to them as The Pretenders.

Their repertoire grew as they added humorous sketches to a variety of musical and vocal performances. The women would do their own take on popular commercials, and they added impersonations of well-known stars ranging from Liberace to Shirley Temple.

Their music included solos and group singing performances, along with accordion, piano and autoharp numbers.

A story in the Fayette Review in 1974 indicated that the group had performed at churches, meeting halls and schools throughout the area, and many bookings were arranged for the next few months.

“They only need a piano and a dressing room,” the article stated. “The excellence of their program is marked by the number of return requests.”

Donations they received from performances was in turn donated to a variety of causes and organizations, ranging from the community swimming pool to the Art Club, the Swim Team and Cub Scouts.

 

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