We kick it off with a driving song by Steve Allen. Instant Classic set the crowd on fire in Pittsburgh as they rode to the championship. How about an awesome track by their Gold Medalist baritone?
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This Could Be the Start of Something Big
I've Got the World On a String
This was written in 1932 and one of the first recordings was by Louis Armstrong. But it was Frank Sinatra's 1953 recording that really captured everyone's attention. Sinatra tunes are in the mainstream of barbershop these days and Adam's chart is a fun one.
All the Things You Are
Here's a classic among jazz musicians, loved for its unusual harmonic structure that manages to explore chords build on all 12 tones of the chromatic scale. This arrangement was recorded by Instant Classic on their first album. Not your usual contest fare (we definitely do not recommend it for contest), but what gorgeous harmonies! This should be an afterglow staple.
Have a Little Talk with Myself
In place of the usual spiritual, we opted for this Ray Stevens tongue twisting, lyrically challenging novelty song. Dealer's Choice was first out of the blocks with this arrangement, which was picked up years later by Max Q. No doubt many of you have sung this song in the past when it was at its height of popularity. So why not bring it back?
All I Do is Dream of You
This easy beat tune from the 30's came from the legendary music team of Ignacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. It is as laid- back as they come. A great chart by gold medalist David Wallace captures the essence of the big band era.
I Wish You Love
Every break-up doesn't have to be bitter. Sometimes things just don't work out, but you still want the best for the other person. This chart is inspired by a Sinatra/Basie recording. Originally written for Wheelhouse, it was picked up by AHB in 2012.
My Lady Loves to Dance
Arranged by the tenor of 1975 Internation Champion Quartet Happiness Emporium and performed by that quartet, My Lady Loves to Dance is an oldie but goodie. Certainly a playful, toe-tapper that was best characterized and popularized by the likes of Dean Martin and Perry Como. Check out Dean’s rendition on YouTube.
Many old-timers are familiar with the Dealer's Choice version of this ballad, but this new arrangement by the masterful Stevie D. is a refreshing new spin. A few recent quartets including Lemon Squeezy have performed this chart in contest.
That Old Feeling
Introduced in 1937, the song was best popularized in 1955 by the likes of Patti Page, Frankie Laine, and Buck Clayton, followed by Frank Sinatra’s big hit in 1960. Perhaps you remember Hermie dancing to this tune with Dorothy in Summer of `42?
Show Me Where the Good Times Are
We close with a great song from Broadway, the title song from a 1970 musical. The show didn't last long, but the song has endured. This version by the late, great Geno was brought into our style by the great Suntones.
Daydream was written by John Sebastion, a member of the The Lovin' Spoonful. They recorded it on their second album, which was also named Daydream. The single reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also #2 on the UK singles chart. The song has been recorded by many artists, including Chet Atkins, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Art Garfunkel, and Doris Day.
For All We Know
For All We Know was written in 1934 and recorded by both Hal Kemp and Isham Jones, reaching #3 in the charts that year. Recor- ded through the years by over 50 artists, it once again made the Top 100 in 1962 in a recording by Dinah Washington. More recently, it was sung by Bette Midler in the 1991 film, For the Boys.
I Will Go Sailing No More
It's a Most Unusual Day
Although The Suntones are known for their brilliant blend, one of their most thrilling attributes is the dynamic solo ability of each of the singers. This arrangement provides features for both the Baritone and the Tenor. The optional tag is a rendering of the actual voicing used by The Suntones. Note the high Baritone harmonization, leading to a most unusual final voicing!
Oh! Look At Me Now
A Sunday Kind of Love
The Way We Were
When I Lift Up My Head
You Took Advantage of Me
You're 16, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine
Make 'Em Laugh
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down
Ebb Tide was written by Robert Maxwell (1921-2012) and Carl Sigman (1909-2000). Maxwell, primarily a harpist won a scholarship to Julliard School and, at 17 became the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra. Sigman graduated from law school but, with encouragement of his friend Johnny Mercer, soon embarked on a songwriting career. He wrote such hits as Dream Along with Me, Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think), and What Now My Love.
Arranger Fred King is a legend in the world of barbershop harmony. A long time choral and instrumental teacher in the Maryland school system, Fred was exposed to barbershop music while still a high school student. His long association with the Barbershop Harmony Society yielded many awards and honors. He was the baritone of the 1970 international quartet champion, the Oriole Four. In 1971 he directed the chorus of the Chesapeake (Dundalk, Maryland) to the international chorus gold metal. Fred was named to the BHS Hall of Fame in 2004.
This arrangement by Fred is full of lush, modern harmonies not usually identified with the barber shop style but which beautifully enhance the melody of the song.
Drivin' Me Crazy
Bob "Diz" Disney was born in 1947 and started singing when he was 10 years old. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1962. Since then she has penned over 40 original compositions and more than 200 vocal arrangements. He is a three-time mid Atlantic district quartet champion and finished third in the 1979 international quartet with the B&O Connection. Over the years he has directed both men's and women's barbershop courses, and has been a sought after coach, arranger and composer.
And me crazy was written in 1989 and originally performed by one of Diz's quartets, Arcade, the 1992 mid-Atlantic district champion. Though originally intended to be an afterglow tune, it has since turned out to be an exciting show opener or closer. The song was recorded and performed in competition by OC Times, the 2008 international quartet champion. It was also recorded by Keepsake, the 1992 international quartet champion.
All the Way
Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
Your First Day in Heaven
You Brought a New Kind of Love
What'll I Do?
The great songwriter Irving Berlin was a master at simplicity. There is no better example of his genius than What'll I Do? The song was introduced in the Music Box Review of 1923 by Grace Moore and John Steel. It was sung by Danny Thomas in the 1948 film Big City.
Ed Waesch, one of the society's most popular and prolific arrangers, borrowed the tag from Renée Craig's arrangement of this song. There is probably no greater influence in the world of barbershop in performance in the inimitable Renée Craig. It is safe to say that almost every barbershop chorus and quartet has sung a song by each of these fine arrangers.
I'm Looking over a Four Leaf Clover
George Fischhoff is a former student of Rudolph Serkin and a Juilliard graduate who composed the 1960s pop music hits 98.6 performed by Keith and Lazy Day performed by Spanky and Our Gang, both of which became "million performance songs" in 1996.
In 1970, Fischhoff was the youngest composer on Broadway, with the Tony-nominated musical Georgy! He wrote and directed Promised Land, a musical history of Moses that ran eight months off-Broadway.
David Wright, Professor and chair of the mathematics department of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, is a prolific arranger of vocal music. A member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, he was placed in that organization's Hall of Fame in 2008. His arrangements are recognized for their creativity and our spontaneously enjoyable to perform.
Where the Southern Roses Grow
Cowriter Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra introduced this classic tune in 1931. The song won a Grammy award for Si Zentner and his Orchestra 30 years later. In the interim, the Mills Brothers revived in a big way.
This arrangement has been made popular by Marquis, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1995 international quartet champion.