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Abbott named Honorary Life Member

Tulane University scholar Lynn Abbott's groundbreaking research into the African-American roots of barbershop harmony was honored at the Barbershop Harmony Society's Midwinter Convention, when he was named an Honorary Life Member. Abbott has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including "Play That Barber Shop Chord: A Case for the African-American Origin of Barbershop Harmony" (1992),...
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Past Society President Charlie McCann Passes

Sad news comes from Music City Chorus in Nashville about the loss of Past Society President and the "World's Greatest Tenor", Charlie McCann. A friend to everyone he met, Charlie passed this week surrounded by family. He was a wonderfully encouraging person, and loved barbershop singing. Many of his chorus brothers fondly recall his mantra before each contest and show: "Let's go rip their faces of...
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“Something Special,” the barbershopera, honored in international competition

Combining two forms of music under-appreciated in North American culture, we present: Barbershopera! Wallace dePue, a former Barbershopper and former Professor of Music at Bowling Green State University, was the recipient of awards from the Boston Metro Opera  for "Something Special," a barbershop opera that he wrote in 1976 for the Maumee Valley, Ohio, Chapter show, directed by R. D. Mathey. ...
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The Chordettes Film in funding stage

Who were the Chordettes? The Chordettes were a singing group from the 1940's, through the 60's that transformed male barbershop quartet arrangements into one of the most unique and recognizable sounds ever known to the history of music. Originally hailing from Sheboygan Wisconsin - The Chordettes spent less than three years on the road, singing at barbershop functions and state fairs. They wer...
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Going above and beyond at Harmony U

"I'll follow you anywhere you're going to take us" That's what Doug Robertson of Carstairs, Alberta, would like to tell Society CEO Marty Monson after he and other Society staff personally rolled out the red carpet way after bedtime at Harmony U. In Doug's own words: I just want to relate an experience to your readers that I had at the 2014 Harmony University in Nashville a few weeks ago. I am ...
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Hall of Fame honorees The Boston Common say thank you

No greater honor can come to any man but to be recognized by his colleagues. As the remarkable quartets so honored by the Hall of Fame in the past can attest, our greatest satisfaction stems from those individuals who approach us to confide how they were inspired to sing barbershop harmony and join this wonderful Society. How apropos that the theme of this year’s International convention was “...
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V-Disc 710 Elastic Four Barber Shop Quartet – YouTube

Wikipedia describes a  V-Disc ("V" for Victory) as a morale-boosting initiative involving the production of several series of recordings during the World War II era by special arrangement between the United States government and various private U.S. record companies. The records were produced for the use of United States military personnel overseas. Many popular singers, big bands and orchestras...
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Set the DVR for this Fox News tribute to Tommy Spirito

Set the DVR on Fox News at 4 a.m. Eastern for a moving tribute to recently departed quartet icon Tommy Spirito of the Four Rascals, widely considered one of the greatest quartets never to win. In the closing moments of “THE FIVE," each of the members has the opportunity to talk about something, not in the headlines, that caught their attention. Tom Shillue, a professional comedian, Society quar...
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String quartet Kickstarter project honors OK-4 tenor

Composer David Janssen is running an interesting project on Kickstarter.  Part of his composition will honor his grandfather, Ken Witen, who sang tenor in the much-belvoed OK-4 quartet. Our grandfather was a passionate Christian, as well as an excellent performer, comedian and musician. He sang in an internationally famous barbershop quartet called the OK-4. The middle section of the Elegy quotes ...
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