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Spotted: the origins of Red Robin restaurants' name -- a barbershop quartet! The official company chronology notes that in the 1940s, "Sam’s Tavern opens near the University of Washington. Sam, the owner, is known to sing 'When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)' with his barbershop quartet. He loves the song so much that he changes the name to Sam’s Red Robin." Wonder if you c...
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Mike Rowe is “Returning The Favor” to an inspiring music educator

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A music educator once changed the course of Mike Rowe's life, and in his new Facebook video series, he pays tribute to another influential teacher in a big way. When health issues forced world-class trumpeter Tim Wilson to give up a performance career, he turned to teaching, and gave his talents and treasure to an instrumental music program in an impoverished school district. Mike sought him ou...
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92-year-old WWII veteran with terminal cancer sings at his own wake

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The Detroit Free Press ran a great profile of a Barbershopper who held his Afterglow before his funeral.   Three weeks ago, Johnny Wearing learned that the liver cancer he'd been battling for years had progressed for the worse. The 92-year-old World War II veteran has a few weeks, maybe a few months, to live. Despite a long and fulfilling life — one filled with children, grandchildren, tons of...
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Quartets take over FOX5 News This Morning in Las Vegas

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LABBS 2015 champion PZAZZ appears on FOX5 Vegas - KVVU The quartets kept coming, and the anchors and entire staff of Fox5 News this morning in Las Vegas had a great time hearing a wide range of harmony.  Reporter Peter Dawson toured  groups all around the building and onto the rooftop for a dozen performances throughout the morning.   
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Stay Up All Night for “The Chew’s” BBQ Special

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Look for international quartet quarter-finalists Up All Night making a number of appearances on “The Chew: The Best Backyard Barbecue in HISTORY!”  (Missed it? You can still see it on demand through many cable and satellite services.) The “Barbecue Shop Quartet” plays a prominent role opening and closing the show as well as singing  intros to each menu course as Carla Hall, Mario Battali and Mich...
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Barbershop champs star in New Zealand singing show “The Naked Choir”

The path from high school quartet singers to world champs is already well-known to Barbershoppers, but now New Zealand television viewers have gotten a heaping dose of our pals from Musical Island Boys.  TVNZ's The Naked Choir, an a cappella singing show, featured tenor Jeff Hunkin as host and bass Matt Gifford as a judge in the recently concluded series. Along the way, they shared their storie...
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One Month at a Time: Kordsmen friendships are bigger than competition

We've previously looked in on the "embedded journalist" who joined a barbershop chapter in his quest to try new things. In the final chapter, Bill Lynch takes the leap, and performs on stage with the Kanawha Kordsmen in contest. At the beginning of March, I wasn’t sure I could carry a tune well enough to keep up in rehearsals, let alone be anything but very dead weight when it came to actually pe...
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