The Sidewinders from Riverside, California were the 1964 Barbershop Harmony Society International Champions. In about 1962 I heard them sing this song at Fullerton High School during the Fullerton chapter’s Spring Show. At the time I was singing in my own junior high school quartet. These guys were our heroes.
Gene Boyd, who was actually the baritone in the group, sang the lead on this song, Full Time Job. The comedic sketch that went with it was hilarious. Boyd always wore his hair in a huge pompadour. The man could sing.
After taking us through the main chorus, Boyd changes keys upward and launches into a yodeling episode. Then after a little falsetto cadenza he prepares for the final note, which the listener is just sure is going to be at the very top end of his vocal range.
Before Boyd can hit that last note, the other members of the quartet, beginning with bass Jay Wright, followed by the tenor Jerry Fairchild and the lead tenor, Joe Daniels, interrupt him and insist he move the key upward, because he’s under the pitch. So, rather incredulous that he’s been accused of singing “flat”, Boyd raises the key three times, making us absolutely certain he’ll never be able to hit that last note.
At this point, one of the others taps him on the shoulder and says, “Good luck.”
You’ll have to listen to find out what happens next.