The Gateway Singers were a folk music group who achieved national prominence in the US in the late 1950s.[1] The group was included in the Smithsonian's Folk Song America compilation.[2] The group is best known for their song "Puttin' on the Style" which was later used in a beer commercial and sold 1 million copies.[3]

Gateway Singers member Lou Gottlieb left the band, obtained his PhD in musicology from the University of California and then formed The Limeliters. Travis Edmonson left the Gateway Singers to form the duo Bud & Travis with Bud Dashiell.[3]

The Ed Sullivan Show reportedly cancelled an appearance by Gateway Singers after executives from the CBS television network objected to showing a mixed-race group[4]


  • Puttin' on the Style
  • Gateway Singers at the hungry i
  • Gateway Singers in Hi Fi
  • Wagons West
  • Gateway Singers on the Lot
  • Down in the valley


  1. ^ The Gateway Singers in Hi Fi
  2. ^ Folk Song America Vol 1 @ - Shop, Listen, Download
  3. ^ a b Cohen, Ronald D. (2002). Rainbow quest : the folk music revival and American society, 1940 - 1970 (cop.2002. ed.). Amherst [u.a.]: Univ. of Massachusetts Press. pp. 95. ISBN 978-1-55849-348-3.
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