The number is a reference to the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall. The Brothers in Harmony took the place by storm when they placed high with this song and “Goodnight, Saigon” in International competition. Continue reading 50,000 Names
This tune is as sweet and light as they come. Show your audiences you are a clever speller, as well as being wise in the ways of love.
Brothers and sisters, are you ready to eliminate the negative? Then just latch on to this lively tune and help spread the word!
This song is so much fun that it almost even makes sense. Think fondly of the Mills Brothers when you sing this tune.
Power Play sang this lively update of the classic barbershop favorite. Have fun with the patter and the reverse patter.
This classic features a new verse and contains deceptively strong sentiment. Take your audiences back in time with this timeless tale. Continue reading After the Ball
Did you ever wish your quartet consisted of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and, well… Mighty Mouse? Your wish can be granted with this clever batch of parodies. This piece goes very well in a set with the parody version of When I Lost You. Continue reading Aging Superheroes Medley
Heroes Superman, Batman, Spider Man and Mighty Mouse bemoan the effects of aging on their waning superpowers. Time to dress up! The songs:
- Aging Superheroes Medley
- When I Lost You Parody
This lively uptune has a strong Dixie feel to it. Time to get happy in a Southern sort of way.
This collaboration with Ed Waesche pairs “Open Your Arms, My Alabamy” and “Alabama Jubilee.” The medley happily gathers energy as it goes along. Great for groups who naturally sing downbeat songs better than swing tunes.
Do you hate to get up in the morning? Are you sometimes tempted to smash your alarm clock into a thousand tiny little bits? If so, this is the song for you—even in contest.
Did you ever want to dress up like a toy? Sing this sweet ballad in a set with the barbershop classic “The Little Boy.” This package is guaranteed not to put your audiences to sleep.
One of the best barbershop ballads of all time, this song was written in 1924 by the great Irving Berlin.
This cute come-hither uptune is fine for both women and men. Hey, it is time for some billing and cooing in the parlor.
A melancholy, powerful ballad, this song mourns a lost love. Can this love be saved. Continue reading All Dressed Up with a Broken Heart
The wonderful Chilton Price wrote this spicy song. Though no more than R rated, the song makes its meaning clear. Ms. Price’s biggest hit was “You Belong to Me.” She composed this song alone, though a couple of the band members who introduced the piece wangled their way into a share of the compensation. This practice has not been at all rare. Hey, do you think Elvis really wrote “Love Me Tender”?
This wonderfully intense ballad is great for contest. Flipside first sang it in most heartfelt fashion. Now top women’s groups such as MAXX Factor and Gem City have taken this song to a new level. Continue reading All the Way
This tearful ballad is full of evocative, heart-wrenching images. Lost love was never so lovely.
Do you share this secret vice? Are you just wild about this classic treat? Surely many of your audience members will be able to relate. Continue reading Animal Crackers
This medley has a, shall we say, certain point of view. A combination of 1912 songs “I Was Married Up in the Air” and “When You’re Married,” this piece takes a dim view of the institution of marriage and could serve as a light-hearted warning for men who are considering taking the plunge.
No one else ever wrote lyrics quite like the great Cole Porter. In-rhymes, regular rhymes, irregular rhymes—Porter used the English language to enable performers to take their audiences on a delightful roller coaster ride. So hop on into the first car. . . .
Well, are you? This lively, cheery song is a reminder to us all to enjoy life. After all: “You ain’t gonna live forever. Before you’re old and gray, still O.K., have a little fun!”
This song from The King works well for both princes and princesses. Give your audiences the royal treatment by singing them this heartfelt ballad. This piece is a real winner that expresses both sadness and hope. Continue reading Are You Lonesome Tonight
These two love songs from different eras are exactly the same musically. Elvis has not left the building yet. The men’s version is published by the BHS. Continue reading Aura Lee/Love Me Tender
Hit the road down under with three songs from the real land of Oz: “Waltzing Matilda” and “Along the Road to Gundagai,” along with the hauntingly beautiful “Never Never.”
A parody of “M-O-T-H-E-R,” this tune will leave your audiences flying high.
Here is a sweet, light combination of “Sing Me a Baby Song” and “Baby.” Have fun crooning to your sweetheart with this lovely medley. Continue reading Baby Song Medley
Lots of lively fun, this medley was sung by BHS medalist SRO. Time to plink and plunk your way to happiness. Continue reading Banjo Medley
From the animated musical “The Jungle Book,” this delightful tune will charm audiences and judges alike. Storm Front sang it until they decided to be unremittingly hilarious. Continue reading Bare Necessities
This classic slow swing tune puts you right where the action is. No longer exclusive to Saturday Evening Post.
There is lots of fun to be had with this foamy piece. The tunes included are, in order: “Fritz (Fritz, Bring Us Some Schlitz),” “Beer Barrel Polka,” “In Heaven There Is No Beer,” “Under the Anheuser Bush” and “The Night That She Cried in My Beer.” Wet enough for you?
What are these wonderful things that happen on the dance floor? Your can probably guess, and your audiences will love hearing about them.
Did you ever fall in love with the wrong person? You know he or she is just not right for you—perhaps not for anyone—but there you are, hooked. Stuck in the magic spell. Well, maybe it will help you to sing about it. Sinatra did. . . .
Ladies, do you love your man for, well, no certain reason, but you love him just the same? This song tells your story.
There are all sorts of goofy key changes and lyrics in this light-hearted spoof. Can be sung in contest. Hi-Fidelity was runner-up for the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America’s novelty song of the year award with this delightful number. Continue reading Blackbird Parody
Written by Irving Berlin, this cheery tune was a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. The song was an immediate hit, with the audience on opening night demanding an astounding 24 encores from star Belle Baker! Would you settle for just one encore from your listeners?
On just about everyone’s list of top 10 popular songs of all time, this song gets right to the heart of the downside of love. Do check out this most powerful, and contestable, piece.
Bourke Street is one of the main thoroughfares in Melbourne, Australia. It has traditionally been a downtown entertainment hub and is now also a popular tourist destination. Go out on the town with this contestable Aussie song.
The lively pop hit by Neil Sedaka can now be sung in contest. Big fun awaits you! Anne Bureau has recorded women’s tracks for both the contest and show versions. Continue reading Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
This is an old song about even older days. As such, it is really unique, not to mention fun.
This uptune moves right along and is great for a Broadway show theme. Come to think of it, you could open any of your performancew with this lively number.
Here is an old-fashioned fallen-woman ballad. This one is sweet and understanding.
An intense ballad of lost love, this piece is really a winner. The Society publishes the men’s version.
HotShots sang this unique conglomeration on the International stage, to the delight and disbelief of all. What could be more fun than popping bubble wrap? Well, popping bubble wrap to music!
As cute as they come, this tune is available in regular and senior-citizens’ versions. Chris Arnold has recorded learning tracks for both versions. Do give this happy tune a try.
Neil Sedaka wrote and sang this most fun tune. Now it is available for your group to sing in contest, even!
Sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington and Michael Bublé, this tune gives a cheery declaration of love.
This version uses the composer’s original melody, so it is not as sung by the 139th St. Quartet. The punch line, especially, makes this piece big fun.
This classic from the Fab Four is not only lively and wise, it is contestable too (though perhaps not for SAI). But whether for contest or show, this song is a sure winner. “Everybody tells me so!” Tim Waurick’s tracks for women are purely great, and he now has them for men too. Continue reading Can’t Buy Me Love
Barbershopper Gary Markette wrote this song to honor his late wife, Sarah. Gary’s images are purely lovely and would certainly fit other longtime love affairs as well, so do give this song a look.
Written to the tune of “Ballin’ the Jack,” this parody pokes fun at the cliched stage-presence moves we barbershoppers are wont to make. Your audiences, especially barbershop ones, will love it.
A tongue-twister that really rips along, this medley is great fun to sing. By the way, the second song was written and arranged by Al Rehkop, who won gold at tenor with both the Auto Towners and the Gentlemen’s Agreement.
This energetic collection of vintage songs captures the spirit of the early days of the war, when both sides figured they would be able to end matters in a few weeks and be home in time for plowing. Goes well in a contest package with Tell My Father or The Vacant Chair.
Songs do not come any more powerful than this classic. International quartet champion Musical Island Boys did a bang-up job on it in competition.
There are more fun songs in this medley than you can shake a squirting flower at: “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Be a Clown,” “That’s Entertainment” and “Send in the Clowns.” This barrel (or clown car?) of laughs is no longer exclusive to the MegaCity Chorus.
From the musical “Oliver,” this happy, lively tune can be sung in contest. International champ Power Play welcomed you to their family with this one.
Picture yourself at THE night club in 1930s Harlem. What might you hear? What would you see? They would be marvelous and exciting things, that is for sure. This medley is no longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
A good, old-fashioned song about good, old-fashioned times, this tune provides you and your audiences with some light fun. The incomparable Irving Berlin penned this song back in 1922.
Sung by the Everly Brothers, this poignant song of lost love makes a fine tempo ballad for contest or show. This one will sure take your audiences back. . . .
LEARNING TRACKS AVAILABLE:
- James Estes | http://jamestracks.com
Hey, if this heartfelt closer about show biz is good enough for Bobby Darin, it should be a hit for your group too. Continue reading Curtain Falls, The
We sing lots of songs about Mother, but here is one to honor the sacrifices made by Dad. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
The Frankenstein monster can surely raise cane—well, when he is Able—but you should see him dance. If you have seen the film “Young Frankenstein,” you will be able to figure out what the main song in this monster medley is. This piece of lunacy goes well with the “Fabricating Frankie Medley.” No longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
A delightful scoundrel-type uptune medley, this song tell of a shady southern character.
How do sadists earn a living? Easy: They go into a certain field where causing pain is part of the game.
Yes, this is the Eagles’ big hit, and it can even be sung in contest. So “come to your senses” and give this heartfelt tale a try.
As sung by the Scarborough Dukes, this is a happy, rollicking number. In its other incarnation, this song is available as “The Santa Claus Parade.”
This rousing song is from the musical “Les Miserables.” Your audiences’ hearts and guts will be moved, and the song itself would even fly in contest, though this arrangement is better off used for shows.
A classic ballad in solid style, this song of comfort comes straight from the heart.
“Have a little pity, leave my pleasure alone!” So sings the put-upon taxpayer. By the way, this is not the version sung by the 139th St. Quartet.
Ah, how much fun is it to sing a recently written tune about the songs and excitement of the Roaring ’20s? Big fun, that’s how much! This song will be exclusive to The Velvet Frogs until the fall of 2017, but you can start thinking right now about singing this delightful number.
Written by barbershopper Ken Carter for his late wife, this song is short, sweet, sad and most heartfelt.
A regional uptune about a girlfriend back home, this song is lots of innocent, old-fashioned fun.
For contest or show, this song is beloved by audiences and performers alike. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. Continue reading Dream a Little Dream of Me
Cleveland barbershopper Al Voigt composed this ode to friends of old.
Which would you rather be, a rich person with a worried mind or a dreamer with lots of wealth other than money? This song answers that question in happy, swingy fashion.
Would you believe a contestable medley could be made of “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Burning Love” and “Viva Las Vegas”? You will have a blast singing this piece, one that is fit for a—well, the one and only—King.
A tough one to explain, this Metallica hit was goofed on by a lounge-lizardy singer who calls himself Richard Cheese. The arranger further degraded the piece, resulting in a delightful, even marginally contestable, abomination.
No, we are not talking about Mr. Sinatra here. Rather, this is about a certain monster that was created by a mad scientist with a German-sounding name. Pair it with the “Dancing Frankie Medley.” No longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
One of the loveliest pieces you will ever hear, this song has a message that reaches well beyond the avian kingdom. It pairs very well with the “Mary Poppins Medley.”
Midwest Vocal Express earned an International medley with this crazy concoction. Ask anyone who was there: Their performance was all-time funny, delightful, memorable and totally marvellous.
Love needs just a little more sometimes. You are sure to enjoy this gentle tune. It is no longer exclusive to Fermata Nowhere, so get it while it’s warm and sweet! Continue reading Five Minutes More
A lively upper with a Southern theme, this song takes you back to a slower, mellower time.
“Mr. Touchdown USA” and “Football Hero” comprise this All-American medley. Show your spirit by adding this high-energy piece to your repertoire. Continue reading Football Medley
Stevie Wonder in barbershop? Absolutely! Indeed, this pop classic is even contestable.
Barry Manilow co-composed and performs this ballad, a powerful declaration of love. Would fit some weddings just fine.
If you have a short director or singer you would like to, um, honor, then this hilarious parody is for you.
This ballad about loneliness sure is a sad one. Four walls, that is all the singer has to keep him company.
Here are two clever WWI novelty numbers, as sung by the great 139th St. Quartet. The first is “When Yankee Doodle Learns to Parlez Vous Francais,” followed by—take a really deep breath now—”Would You Rather Be a Colonel with an Eagle on Your Shoulder, or a Private with a Chicken on Your Knee.” Hey, this was big-time stuff in 1918. . . .
The great Irving Berlin composed this offbeat piece. Why in the world would a carefree civilian want to go back to the regimentation of the military? Irving tells you all about it in highly humorous fashion. Continue reading Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army
This tune from “My Fair Lady” is a sure hit with your audiences. International champ Power Play sang it delightfully, and it is now available to your group. Continue reading Get Me to the Church on Time
An ultra-cool combination of Get Me to the Church on Time and The Girl That I Marry, this medley is both hip and loving. No longer exclusive to Alchemy.
This song is about a girl from—you guessed it—Rochester, N.Y. Your audiences will enjoy learning about her old-fashioned self.
This song is beyond happy. “Ecstatic” might be a better word, as the both the highs and lows of glorious love are celebrated.
The rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears revived this 1941 Billie Holiday song in 1968. This tempo, bluesy ballad is as moving as they come. And here is a blessing for you: The piece is no longer exclusive to the Big Apple Chorus.
A timeless song that has been redone to be contestable, this piece is purely wonderful. Do check out this gentle, deep journey.
These parodies will ring true to anyone with even a passing familiarity with this obsession, er, sport. Goes great with I’ve Been Workin’ on My Golf Game. A bonus is that all of the songs are in public domain, thus making copyright dealings a breeze.
Whether you are a Tiger or a hacker, or even a couch potato, these two songs could be big fun for you and your audiences:
- Golf Medley
- I’ve Been Workin’ on My Golf Game
A strong ballad about lost love, this song is “a fool’s lament.” Your group will be able to put plenty of emotion into this one.
This uptune is about turning over a new leaf. Faint heart ne’er won fair maiden!
Weird Al Yankovic penned and sang this highly, um, offbeat number. It probably sets a world’s record for backhanded compliments to one’s sweetie. Happily, this piece is contestable. Continue reading Good Enough for Now
An enormously funny and interesting conglomeration, the arrangement is even contestable. This winner has been recorded by SAI queens the BUZZ. The medley bashes the opposite sex, well, just a little bit. Continue reading Goodbye Medley
An old-fashioned ballad about a love in limbo, this song ends with a note of sweet hope.
Written and performed by Billy Joel, this song is as intense as it gets. The Brothers in Harmony pretty much blew the place’s doors off in the chorus contest at the Philadelphia international.
This lively, happy, nostalgic John Denver song is great fun for either sex to sing. Now available in contest and show versions. James Estes has recorded learning tracks for the contest chart.
Revisit Danny and Sandy in a monster medley that is great for either contest or shows. The Hot Air Buffoons no longer have exclusive rights to the piece. Of course, their take on “grease” had to do with—what else?—food!
Ah, young love:
- Grease Medley
- Young and Foolish [or any other song of young love]
Arranged for A Mighty Wind, this Ray Charles song has lots of energy and even more fun.
A happy tune that just rolls along, this song can be sung in backbeat or downbeat fashion. The men’s version is published by the Society.
Very funny for contest or shows, as sung by Shenanigans. Just how many things can go wrong today?
What a sweet love ballad this is. The world is indeed a wonderful place “when the heart of a girl beats for you.”
This unique tune, written by Lynn Hauldren, the inimitable bari of Chordiac Arrest, chronicles some highly unlikely barbershop happenings. No longer exclusive to Rumors.
The lively Ricky Nelson song works just fine for contest or show. Audiences purely love this one.
This country classic is as lively and cheery as they come. I promise you this will be extra fun for you to sing, and for your audiences to hear. Continue reading Hey, Good Lookin’
Lasting just a minute, with appropriate lyrics and a big tag, this tune is just right for opening shows.
This contestable medley from the musical Wildcat was sung by Power Play. With lots of energy built in, this piece makes a fine show-opener. Continue reading Hey, Look Me Over/If My Friends Could See Me Now!
The old meets the new in this fun, lively medley. That’s right, we are talking South Pacific and the Beatles—for contest, no less!
This verse-only can easily be added to the old chestnut, the Honey/Little ‘Lize Medley.
If you are addicterd to late-night TV, you are all too familiar with the commercials and infomercials. And you probably believe every word you hear about the products advertised, don’t you?
Half of the Prohibition novelty set, this tune pairs just right with Where Do They Go When They Row, Row, Row? So put on your zoot suit and get to singing!
A purely delightful tune, Eggs tells of folks who don’t care, um, egg-zactly how their breakfast is cooked as long as a kiss and a hug are involved. Think Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Continue reading How D’Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning
Up and quite lively, this tune was very popular after WWI. The pace of life was picking up, and new (or newly widespread) inventions were changing everyday life. Automobiles, telephones, radios, victrolas, moving pictures—the world would never be the same.
An old-fashioned song about a carefree lad, this tune will take your audiences back in time to a slower, idealized era.
A fresh, new take on both of these tunes, this medley is both energetic and loving.
With a powerful anti-war sentiment, this song beautifully equates motherhood with solving disputes peacefully. The Sweet Adelines champion San Diego Chorus sang this moving tune.
The young woman in question is clearly going to live life her way, no matter what. And her way includes making it big on Broadway. Popularized by Harmony Inc. queen quartet Taken 4 Granite, this tune is lively, saucy and just plain fun!
A contestable medley that is both slick and sweet, this piece was a hit for 2003 quartet champ Power Play. Hey, love is not always very easy to explain . . . Continue reading I Don’t Know Enough About You/I Don’t Know Why
Put a little sophisticated flair into your contest or show package with this classic Cole Porter love song.
From the musical Girl Crazy, this swingy tune is a sure crowd-pleaser. But you had better have the rhythm in your soul if you want to pull it off.
You will have a lively chance to work out some of your love-related hostilities with this snappy medley. Continue reading I Had Someone Else Before I Had You/Who’s Sorry Now
This lively, contestable march medley is sure to stir your audiences’ souls.
Be young and in love again with this swingy, zippy tune. Try something new for contest.
Thumbing one’s nose at losing love never felt so good.
This popular classic is now available in two versions. One has the shimmering feel of the rock ‘n’ roll hit, while the other is a contestable tempo ballad as sung by Metropolis. The latter can be sung either straight or, as the quartet did it, humorously. Continue reading I Only Have Eyes for You
A very happy uptune for kids of all ages, this song just gushes friendship and love.
The old Whippoorwill song has now been arranged with the correct melody and updated. Yo, it really rocks!
A most humorous tune, as sung by The New Tradition quartet. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
From the classic animated film The Jungle Book, this song is great fun to, um, monkey around with.
Your audiences will be almost in heaven when you sing this hearfelt song.
Written by Cleveland barbershopper Al Voigt, this song is just what you would imagine it to be: sweet, sincere and happy!
Written for a Cape Town quartet by a famous South African composer, this tune was humorously inspired by his son Harry, age four.
Sung by our 1985 international champion quartet, The New Tradition, this piece takes a radically dim view of marriage.
Truer words were never spoken, eh? Even when times are tough—as they are right now, in July of 2020—we need to do what good we can every day. This song was arranged for Harmony Inc. queen quartet Aged to Perfection, but there is a men’s version as well.
This is clearly a maudlin, overstated love ballad. The punch line that follows the title: “before I grew up to love you.” Ouch. . . .
A bittersweet ballad of a love thrown away, this song tells of a man who gained wisdom too late.
This is an old-time ballad of one-way love. It is no fun to live on that one-way street.
This is a truly wonderful new take on old love ballad. Feelings of regret can be powerful, indeed. Continue reading I’d Give a Million Tomorrows
A cute, clever uptune for women, this song urges a reluctant man to take action—now!
A lively swing number, this contestable tune was a hit for SAI medalist ReMix for the women and BHS medalist Metropolis for the men. We can’t really be sure about love, can we? Please specify whether you would like to preview the original ReMix version or Mo Field’s revision with intro by Jay Giallombardo—or both! Continue reading I’ll Never Say “Never Again” Again
Do you want an easy, happy way to profess your love? You won’t come to the end of your rope if you sing this easy-beat tune, which is no longer exclusive. So tie it up for your group!
Your audiences will howl at this novelty tune, composed by Joe Hunter and Tom and sung by Reveille. This may not be the best time of life for every man. Does he need to take Viagra? Depends…
The late Mike Senter first arranged this plaintive piece, and Tom has put his stamp on it to make it even more singable and moving.
This one is tough to explain. Think of a typical ’30s swing tune with modern lyrics like “hard-rock diet,” “in your face” and “MTV and AMC.” Way cool, and it is contestable too! Continue reading I’m Beginning to Like It
This is the classic song of a loser at love. You can pine away with this old-time tune.
Everyone likes this fun, offbeat love song. Great for men and women alike, it is now available in both contest and show versions. Learning tracks now exist for the women’s contest chart.
This tempo ballad just drips loneliness. Songs like this can sometimes effect a real healing when a listener who is in the same boat realizes that he or she is not alone.
Bet you can guess what song this parodies. Also bet you can guess how much success the poor duffer experiences after all his or her hard work. This tune goes great in a contest set with the “Golf Medley.”
No doubt you have already guessed the punch line to this tune. No, the person is not a yo-yo. Yes, he or she is head-over-heels in love! Give this happy song a test spin. . . .
If you are not familiar with this song, do yourself a favor and find a clip of Elvis Presley singing it. This plaintive plea drives and drives and drives, as 2014 international champ Musical Island Boys showed us so well. In 2017 this song became a LABBS “polecat” number, sung by all of their ladies.
- Dan from Big Apple Chorus (contact Tom)
From the animated film Monsters Inc., this happy tune was sung as a duet by Billy Crystal and John Goodman. As a bonus, the arrangement is contestable. Continue reading If I Didn’t Have You
This angry love ballad is a cautionary tale for all other women who might be so foolish as to fall for her ex. Brr!
Two different verses put fresh, and very different, spins on Lou Perry’s lovely chorus. Both the sadder slant and the renewal-of-vows version make a familiar piece into something new.
Songs don’t get much more beautiful and poignant than this one. From the musical Carousel, this piece tells a tale that is, well . . . not so theoretical after all.
The singer is worried that if he does that, he “may find somebody else with Caroline.” This arrangement was sung most cheerily by The Allies.
This heartfelt ballad was written by barbershop patriarch Hal Purdy. Hal started the famous Purdy Corral, an institution at International conventions for years.
This is a surprisingly strong contestable version of the old ballad. Do give it a look and listen.
An old-fashioned song of sadness about a fallen woman, this piece is most gentle and understanding.
Different verses set up happy and sad versions. This classic deserves another visit from you.
Here is a ballad blaming men for all of women’s love troubles. Who ever heard of such a thing. . . .
Remember the teenage angst of being out past your curfew—waaay past your curfew? Ricky Nelson sang about it back in 1958, but every word still applies today. And instead of feeling dread, your group, and your audiences, can have great fun with this tune. By the way, this song was arranged for the award-winning Cleveland Heights High School Men’s Barbershoppers.
Metropolis hams this tune up, but it can be sung straight just fine. Profess your love with this soaring song.
Is it the moonlight that makes love happen? This jumpin’ tune tells you where it’s at. Metropolis had big fun with this one, as will you and your audiences.
A most lively dance number, this medley is great for contest. Of course, the potential for energetic choreography is limitless.
The whole town’s talkin’ about the Jones boy. Why? Because he’s in love, of course! Have great fun with this Mills Brothers’ song.
A little child prays for her Daddy, who is off to war. This song will bring a tear to your eye. Continue reading Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight
Regional ballad, similar to “Farm In Old Missouri”.
What do you do when your lover just ups and disappears one day? Do you run around like a chicken with its head cut off? Or do you take a, well . . . easier approach. This fun arrangement is exclusive to Cahoots for now, but do keep it in mind for the future.
Two brave lads are almost ready to slay dragons, rescue fair damsels, drink mass quantities of mead, and the like. Will they make the grade or . . . ?
This nutty compilation contains So Long, Mother; Back in the Old Routine; Side by Side; I Love a Parade; Chattanooga Choo Choo; Bright Was the Night; and (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over. Crazy enough for you? Check out the medley below.
And its partner piece is composed of these tunes: I Got Rhythm, Soft Shoe Song, Tonight, By the Light of the Silvery Moon and The Hokey Pokey. All these, and you get to wear swell costumes as well!
Is your group ready to slay dragons, rescue fair maidens and generally carry on in fun fashion? If so, choose two of these three pieces for your next contest:
- Knight School Medley
- Knighthood Quest Medley
- Knighthood Rhythm Medley
Always a fun uptune, this song makes for lively, old-fashioned fun.
This happy Neil Sedaka tune was a #1 hit back in 1975. Arranged for the Dutch men’s quartet Unlimited, the song pairs very well with “Crying in the Rain” in contest. Laughing, crying—sounds a lot like real life, eh?
Fine for either contest or show, this cheerful song helped Marquis win gold at the 1995 International, in Miami Beach. Though a bit rangy, this piece pretty much sings itself. Continue reading Lazy River (Up a)
From way back in 1905, this tune is lots of old-fashioned fun. So come join Schmidt, Schmaltz, Heiny, Jake and Heinz in some crowd-pleasing antics. This song is published by the BHS.
This toe-tapping song of the sunny South is sure to put a smile on your audiences’ faces. Nothing bothers you, for you will be home “in Virginia in the morning.”
Barbershopper Danny Mills wrote this nostalgic number. Take a pleasant journey to a slower time. . .
This uptune about the good old days helped the Grand Tradition win a medal back in the day. It can be sung in a driving way or as an easy-beat. Though it sounds pretty old, this happy piece was actually written in the 1950s.
Tickets: check! Popcorn: check! Candy: check! Drinks: check! Come on in and grab the best seat in the house. The lights have been dimmed, the commercials and trailers are done, and now it is time for the main feature. Roll ’em! And you will be able to roll ’em too—as soon as the Scioto Valley Chorus has ended its run.
How is this for a great combination: Let’s Sing Again, I Feel a Song Comin’ On and It’s Time to Sing “Sweet Adeline” Again? This medley makes a great contest number for the ladies.
This lovely tune was written by barbershopper Peggy Hill. Though a mother pleads with her infant son not to grow older, he of course does and eventually marries. Then he begs his child, “Don’t grow older.” Give this heartfelt, well-written song a try.
This powerful ballad, which has an anti-racist message, takes some nerve to sing. And it has been sung in contest, to great effect.
A sad ballad of a young soldier’s death, this song harkens back to his childhood very powerfully.
A most moving ballad, this was perhaps the signature song for the Interstate Rivals, the international champion quartet in 1987. The intense women’s version is The Little Girl.
This is a beautifully tender song for a parent to sing to a daughter dressing up in Mommy’s old clothes. The picture the lyrics paint is vivid and loving.
A really sweet ballad with an old-fashioned feel, this song paints a picture of a lovable lady bustling around town doing a little of this and a little of that.
This classic barbershop ballad speaks of a wayward father saying goodbye to his son. Hope springs eternal. . . .
This is a contestable version of a most powerful song. Judges in the Performance category have assured me that this song does not really function a religious number, but rather as a lament about feeling quite alone. The arrangement is exclusive to the Brothers in Harmony for now.
This classic ballad creates a vivid mood of love. Yes, it is “just a song at twilight.”
Her sweetie has left her, and the woman is feeling a deep, dark shade of blue. Despite that, the melody and rhythm lilt along nicely, so give this little tune from 1922 a try.
This is a contestable editing of the barbershop classic. They don’t come any sweeter than this, so give the song a whirl. Continue reading Lullaby in Ragtime, A
The totally nonsensical lyrics of this tune make for lots of laughs. It is way, way silly.
As an old college pal used to say, “You’ve buttered your bread, now lie in it.” After the fun times come consequences that are, well, not necessarily all that enjoyable.
A song of love for mother is always sure to please. Indeed, do feel free to substitute the word “Mother.”
This classic barbershop ballad tells of a sweet, gentle love. And ain’t it grand. . . .
Everyone likes this popular standard. Love and marriage, anyone?
It is always a jolly ‘oliday when you sing this delightful piece. It contains Jolly Holiday, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. This medley pairs very well with the lovely ballad Feed the Birds.
This package would fit a chorus with a female director especially well. Every performance will be a jolly ‘oliday with these two pieces:
- Mary Poppins Medley
- Feed the Birds
A classic barbershop ballad if ever there was one, this tune is gentle and loving.
A modernish rhythmic ballad, this tune is suitable for contest. It conveys a sweet sentiment with powerful, creative lyrics
Everyone knows and loves this classic ballad from the turn of the last century. Will your dreams come true?
Partly in English and partly in German, this song is, well . . . what it is, is . . . different—and great fun! The English title is “My Brother Makes the Sound Effects for Movies.” The sounds included are a mix of vocal, electronic and mechanical effects. And the piece is contestable too. It could be redone for your group to be all in one language or the other.
This C&W classic harmonizes just fine for barbershop and has multi-cultural appeal. A Spanish translation of the chorus is included. Sing both choruses to please a wide audience, even in contest.
This energetic uptune was arranged, and partially composed, for Michigan Jake. It was sung in a cartoon by the one and only Michigan J. Frog, for whom that gold-medal quartet is named. If your lead(s) can handle a disjunct melody, this lively number is for you!
A new setup for a favorite ballad, this verse and tag turn Ed Waesche’s classic arrangement from a song about a painted lady of the night into a tale of a faithless wife. This chart is no longer exclusive to Rhythmix.
For some solid barbershop fun, check out this combination of Freckles and Peck’s Bad Boy. Both lads are just that little bit wicked. Take your audiences back in time with these two tunes from circa 1920.
Hey, this is not a small song celebrating the love of only one person. No, this is about loving the whole state of Missouri. Can you say, Show Me?
An all-time-great popular classic, this swingy tempo ballad is sure to please your audiences—and even the judges. Get down with this evocative, dark-blue tune.
This old-time medley contains Bright Was the Night, Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon. How is that for some vintage classics?
A pretty tune of loving memories, this song combines happy and sad most wonderfully.
A poignant ballad medley of two pop standards, this song expresses bittersweet most effectively.
This old-fashioned ballad about Mom is well, really dreamy. . . .
This cute novelty number is for women only. The old-fashioned references make for great fun.
Check out this fine mix of Sincere, It’s You and Lida Rose. These love songs from the timeless musical comedy are sure to to transport your audiences back 100 years to River City, Iowa.
Written by barbershopper Anne Danforth, this lovely song celebrates our music and the friends we sing it with.
What could be more appropriate for us barbershoppers to sing about than music? Well, probably love. But how about a song that has both? And as far as the expression wine, women and song goes, hey, two out of three ain’t bad!
Partly in English and partly in German, this song is, well . . . what it is, is . . . different—and great fun! The sounds included are a mix of vocal, electronic and mechanical effects. And it is contestable too. It could be redone for your group to be all in one language or the other. The German title is “Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche.”
Here is a wonderful show ballad about falling in love despite having been burned many times in the past. Power Play sang this hopeful, powerful tune.
A novelty song about the travels of a token of love, this tune is large fun. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
When this song went all the way to #1 back in 1964, it was no miracle. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson—get it?—this happy tune of loyal love made in big on both the pop and R&B charts for Motown star Mary Wells. This tune will make your audiences smile, and you as well!
Though usually performed as a ballad, this lovely tune works just fine in a swinging tempo. This one is guaranteed to bring out the feeling of cool cat or kitten in you.
A truly gorgeous contest ballad medley, this piece is a clear winner. The interweaving of these two songs is really something special.
Sally in our alley is not just any girl. No, it is your beloved mother, says this vintage song.
Can you guess which classic barbershop tune this is a parody of? All sorts of mischief is created by substituting fancy words for the normal ones. Do give this uniquely strange piece a try.
This witty song is popular with high school boys for some reason. Go figure. Of course, grownups like this Cincinnati Kids’ song even more.
No one doesn’t like this classic ballad. This particular arrangement is just that little bit different.
This is a simple, old-fashioned song about a sweetheart. And sweet it is. . . .
This one is rather tough to describe. For one thing, it does not exist yet—at least not in a completed form. The gag is pairing the lyrics from songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and so on with the melodies of much older songs. Some examples of the latter are “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland,” “After the Ball” and “I Got Rhythm.” The hope is to pleasantly scramble your audiences’ brain waves (maybe you own also). If you are interested in this weird concept, do give me a holler.
This contestable version of a beautiful ballad is most sincere but also rather sophisticated. Do give this strong song a try.
This song of loneliness was beautifully written back in 1908. The composer really knew what he was doing, writing the melody such that a major ninth chord, a most melancholy sound, was required on “knows.” See what you think of this tune for your quartet or chorus.
Both the Interstate Rivals and the Alexandria Harmonizers won gold with this arrangement, which tells of a fast girl who ended up a lonely woman. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
Bank Street competed with this moving piece, which David Leeder turned into a poignant World War I song by writing a new verse. Now a second version is available, one in which the Musical Island Boys celebrated the Maori connection with the song and won gold doing so.
From the movie Mary Poppins Returns, this delightful song will take you on a natural high. You won’t be flying a kite—you will soar over the town, maybe even heading to the moon. This arrangement is fine for contests using the BHS judging system but might be more suitable for shows in the Sweet Adelines world. Commissioned by the Hunterdon Harmonizers, this piece is exclusive to them for a while longer.
A most powerful ballad, this piece is truly a gem. If you are looking to put all the feeling you have into, this is the one.
This old song requires some boldness to perform and is just fine for contest. Mayhem! did a fine job on it. Does it fit your quartet or chorus?
This pop standard paints a lovely picture. Delight your audiences, and the judges too, with this sweet, swingy song. Continue reading Old Cape Cod
The Four Renegades and Suntones used to sing Buzz Haeger’s version of this tune about a beloved old fellow. The song always reminds me of my grandfather William Thomas “Dandy” Gentry (1896-1987). Some people who have only an eighth-grade education are pretty darn smart. . . .
A most evocative, nostalgic ballad, this song paints a beautiful picture of days gone by. Not surprisingly, this song is really not about a spinning wheel, but love.
What do you call a medley of Consider Yourself; Food, Glorious Food; and Who Will Buy? Big fun, that’s what! This high-energy contest piece is no longer exclusive to the Brothers in Harmony.
Everyone’s favorite urchin is the theme of this package. Choose one of the first two pieces to sing with the touching, lovely ballad:
- Consider Yourself
- Oliver Medley
- Where Is Love
A new twist on an old favorite, this ballad is sure to move your audiences’ hearts. We cannot really recapture the past, can we?
This would be a great ballad in a show-biz/Broadway set. The story is that success in show biz does not necessarily equal a happy life.
This one is way fun and makes a great opener or closer. It is available in both contest and show versions. Continue reading Orange Colored Sky
No longer exclusive to the Spirit of Phoenix, this rousing tune grabs our barbershop audiences right from the start.
A truly marvelous ballad, this song was debuted by Power Play. Hey, the lovely tag alone makes it worth singing. This is the only song I have arranged that sounds as though Lou Perry could have done it.
A moving ballad about missing childhood friends, this song is wonderfully nostalgic.
No one doesn’t enjoy this easy-beat tune. It makes a fine change of pace for your performances.
Yes, it does work in contest. There are not many prettier ballads than this one around. Even more fun is that it can be sung as a swinging uptune too.
Now, this is not really a dress-up package, but the two songs sure do go well together:
- Dreamer with a Penny
- Pennies from Heaven
Have a look at this delightful combination of “You Can Fly!,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Captain Hook’s Waltz” and “The Chase.” We have here a unique mix of humor and heart that the child in you will purely love. Sing it in contest along with the beautiful ballad Second Star to the Right, which comes from the animated film Peter Pan.
The three songs in this cheerful medley are “Mr. Piano Man,” Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano” and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” Each song brings a different, interesting slant to the tale. So get yourself ready to enjoy some vocal ivory-tickling!
Five well-known barbershop songs are given new lyrics, and new life, in this fun romp. Wonder what could be paired with it in a high-concept contest set. “I Don’t Have a Wooden Heart,” “I’m Your Puppet,” “I’ve Got No Strings”—we could think of something!
Time to swash, buckle, pillage, plunder and so on—not to mention dressing up in highly fun fashion:
- Professional Pirate, A
[I can steer you toward some other folks’ arrangements for song two.]
Be sure to include this parody in your next Amish package. You will be doing an Amish package, right?
The BHS 1965 gold-medal quartet, the Four Renegades, made this song popular in the barbershop world. The Renegades were all-time great champions, and this lively tune was one of the reasons why. Buzz Haeger’s arrangement was just fine, but here is a new slant on things, one that you and your audiences are sure to enjoy.
Olive Oyl, Swee’ Pea, Wimpy, Bluto and the Sailor Man himself are all featured in this parody melange. Suitable for contest, this medley would also make a great centerpiece for a fun show theme.
Better suited to a chorus than a quartet, this saga explores the spinach-eating Sailor Man and his gang:
- Popeye Medley
[Hmm. . . . Perhaps you could sing a love song to Olive Oyl.]
. . . but always be prepared for rain, cautions this lively uptune. It is great to be optimistic, but don’t be siimply foolish.
This fun meter parody is quite contestable. The lovable quartet Shenanigans had a hit with it, and so could your quartet or chorus.
Parodies on well-known songs tell of each quartet member’s upcoming stint in Alcatraz, Sing Sing, Marion and Leavenworth. No longer exclusive to Rumors, this piece will really, uh, capture your audiences’ attention.
A yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Captain Morgan’s, ye scurvy landlubbers! This clever song from the film Muppet Treasure Island will shiver your timbers for sure.
Break out your zoot suits or Roaring ’20s grubbies and get ready to explore the mysteries of, and creative solutions for, that dreadful time known as Prohibition:
- How Are You Goin’ to Wet Your Whistle (When the Whole Darn World Goes Dry)
- Where Do They Go When They Row-Row-Row (Three Miles Away from the Shore)
and maybe even the gangster song We’re Number One
This high-energy mix of Razzle Dazzle and Applause is no longer exclusive to the Phoenicians. Start off your performances with a Broadway flair!
From the hit musical and movie Chicago, this fast-paced song is quite lively and clever. So it’s time for you to “hypnotizzy” your audiences. . . . Continue reading Razzle Dazzle
The wall-to-well redneck jokes will have your audience swallowing their chawin’ tobaccy. No longer exclusive to Overture.
Power Play sang this sweet lullaby to fine effect. There is more substance to it than you would think, so give this song a try.
This tune is high-energy, recognizable and just plain fun. On top of that, the arrangement is fine for contest. So what are you waiting for? Have a sip of moonshine and give it a try!
Three flowery songs for women comprise this medley: When You Wore a Tulip; A Robin and a Rainbow and a Red, Red Rose; and Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses. Do give this fragrant medley a try.
A solid but not simplistic ballad, this song was wonderfully rendered by Power Play. The lovely tag has been featured in The HARMONIZER.
A strong, haunting ballad, this song was popular during the First World War. Its story of lovers separated by distance but close together in their hearts is timeless, indeed.
Ah, the flower of love! Here you have an uptune medley and a choice of two ballads:
- Rose Medley
- Roses of Picard
- Roses Bring Dreams of You
Contestable, substantial and lively, this tune was arranged for and sung by Power Play. See if your group too can make that “trombone moan” with this golden oldie.
Here is a fun march your group can sing all year round. It makes a wonderful costume piece and can be combined with an appropriate ballad—for example, Why Doesn’t Santa Claus Go Next Door or The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot—in a memorable contest set.
Well, this medley is, um, hard to explain. The theme is a crew appealing to the captain for shore leave. And there are lots and lots of songs in it. For sure, it is funny. It would make a great contest piece for an ambitious group, or sing it on a show.
More for a chorus than a quartet, this medley deals with sailors who have had their shore leave canceled. It is pretty funny and clever if I do say so myself:
- Sea Medley
[Lots of songs would work; for example, A Son of the Sea or How Deep Is the Ocean.]
A beautiful ballad from the animated film Peter Pan, this song was debuted at the 2009 Anaheim International contest by The Alliance. Tim Waurick has recorded fine learning tracks for both men and women. While this piece stands alone just fine, it would make a lovely companion to a Peter Pan or pirate medley in contest. Continue reading Second Star to the Right
This waltzy tune of childhood pleasures is sure to bring out the happy kid in everyone.
Who among us isn’t older than he or she used to be? But, hey, let’s have some fun with the passage of time:
- Button Up Your Overcoat
- If I Had My Life to Live Over
for shows try Senior Moments [You can’t sing “brain farts” in contest.]
Does your quartet want to make the cut for International? If so, pleading with the judges might just help you pull it off. This piece is exclusive to Boardwalk right now, but maybe someday. . . .
What could be more barbershop than strutting around that stage to this tune from The Music Man? Time for energetic fun!
Definitely an oldie, this song of a fallen woman is to be sung with tongue firmly in cheek.
A wildly creative commentary on lonely life in the suburbs, this song can be sung in contest. You need to experience this offbeat tune at least once in your life to believe it.
Some surprise harmonies flavor this arrangement of the classic barbershop song. Power Play won gold with this upbeat, lively tune. Continue reading Side by Side
A classic ballad of aging, this chorus (only) is most lovely.
One of the great Stephen Foster’s less well-known tunes, this piece is nonetheless wonderful. This lullaby might even be a little bit better for fathers to sing than mothers.
As sung by The New Tradition, Nightlife, Ringmasters and many other groups, this piece is really powerful. You could close your shows with it or sing it in just about any other position. This arrangement is my all-time favorite. It works well for BHS, HI, etc. contests, but I am not sure about SAI. Continue reading Smile
This tender World War I song was debuted by champ quartet The New Tradition. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
The songs included in this medley are Irving Berlin’s “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” and “This Is the Army, Mister Jones” and the George M. Cohan tune “Over There.” This lively compilation should stir up the martial energy just fine!
Who would have pictured this haunting song by the Carpenters being sung in contest? Well, one quartet did, and now your group can too. Continue reading Solitaire
An ultra-intense Civil War song, this piece is contestable. Lots of sadness here, so skip this one unless you can handle it. But if you can, the cost of war is spotlighted in this story of a young solider who did not make it home.
An old-fashioned ballad about parents waiting back home, this lovely song stresses love of family.
This cheerfully snarky medley combines uptune “I Had Someone Else Before I Had You (And I’ll Have Someone After You’re Gone)” with “Who’s Sorry Now.” So if you are itching to thumb your nose at an ex, this may well be your cup of hemlock. . . .
The great Irving Berlin composed this haunting tune back in 1927. Berlin paints a brilliant, poignant image for the end of a love affair. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS.
Ya gotta have heart, and this lively Power Play tune lets your audience know that you do. There is energy galore in this tune.
This ballad is always good for lots of emotion. The story is told that the lyrics were written by some songwriters who were trying to go way over the top, but they seem to have gotten things just right.
Performed by Germany’s Erster Koelner Barbershop Chor, this unique medley allows for lots of costuming, action and just plain fun. Goes well as a contest set with the ballad parody If the Rest of the Worlds Don’t Want You.
A charming mix of Standing on the Corner and Leaning on a Lamp-Post, this medley is about watching all the girls go by—or waiting for just that special one.
From the 1954 Broadway musical The Pajama Game, this tune is hot. No, it’s hotter than hot! The Cleveland Heights High School Women Barbershoppers will be debuted this sultry song with great success at the Midwinter Convention. The piece is probably not suitable for SAI contests, but it is great for shows. And don’t forget to wear your black derbies. . . .
What could be sweeter than singing this McGuire Sisters’ piece of confection? Your quartet or chorus will find out you definitely have not bitten off more than you can chew. Continue reading Sugartime
Happy and romantic, this tune is sort of a Down Under version of A Foggy Day in London Town.
First a barbershop hit for the 1956 champ Confederates, this ballad is a real powerhouse. This arrangement is available as sung by 2003 champ Power Plan and in a longer version better suited for choruses. Continue reading Sunshine of Your Smile, The
Ever wonder what would happen if your group reversed its standing position? A barbershop classic might well come out backward, to highly funny effect. This tune is a sure audience-grabber. It fits both men and women just fine.
Is your group looking for an apologetic, square ballad? Well, you just found it.
Great fun for singers and audiences alike, this lively tune is available in both contest and show versions. It is easily one of my most popular charts. Power Play sang it with much success, and it works just fine for the ladies as well. Continue reading Swinging on a Star
This is an offbeat, fun, potentially contestable list of forbidden things. The original was in German, but the piece is available in English as well.
This is the classic fun version, the one where the notes and words somehow become one notch off. All’s well that ends well, though. Your audiences are sure to enjoy this comedic tune.
Written by talented Canadian barbershopper Janet Kidd, this song is about a Southern city that is known for being, well, a certain amount of fun: New Orleans!
No one doesn’t love this happy, swingy tune. Your contest and show audiences are sure to enjoy hearing you sing it.
A scaled-down version of Steve Tramack’s marvelous arrangement for Harmony Inc. queens Taken 4 Granite, this piece is sweet fun — even with no sugar added! It is in young women’s key right now, having been edited for the Cleveland Heights High School Women’s Barbeshoppers. Best to get the longer, grownup version from Steve himself.
A strong ballad asking your lover to make up, this song ends on a note of hope, which springs eternal.
Things go haywire at puberty and don’t seem to settle down for another, oh, it seems like 40 or 50 years:
- Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
- Crying in the Rain
- Young and Foolish
- Your Tattoo
a little cheerier would be Calendar Girl
From the musical Civil War, this song of a dying young soldier is most powerful, indeed. It makes a fine contest companion to the Civil War Medley of rousing uptunes. Both Power Play and The Alliance have sung it in international competition.
A cute tune about the great comedian, this song was arranged for 1985 quartet champ The New Tradition.
You pretty well know the whole song from the title. This sort of ballad has barbershop written all over it.
This song is heartfelt and purely old-fashioned. Mother knows best. . . .
Swing Street on the ladies’ side and SRO for the men sang this energetic love medley. Pick up on this proven winner for your group. Continue reading That’s My Weakness Now/That Certain Party
An ode to uniqueness, this tune makes for plenty of weird fun.
That’s right: I love you! And I just cannot hide it. Everyone will enjoy this catchy pop standard. Continue reading There, I’ve Said It Again
Ragtime Joe may be just a little bit obstinate, but his taste in music is outstanding. Your audiences are sure to love this barbershop classic.
An old-fashioned love ballad, this tune is about a wish for a “little spark” to become a great flame once again.
This tender ballad was written by early barbershopper Hal Staab. Will the two strangers meet again?
Even back in 1921 the older folks thought the young ones’ dances were just too racy. In the middle of this Irving Berlin song is an eclectic mix of Blame It on the Bossa Nova, La Bamba, Put Your Head on My Shoulder and Hernando’s Hideaway. You too can put your dancing shoes on now that the Granite Statesmen have debuted this piece at International.
This arrogantly fun uptune was debuted by our 1984 champs, The Rapscallions, and revived in most humorous fashion by popular medalist quartet Metropolis.
I wrote and arranged the setting for this medley of sing-along standards: She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round The Mountain, I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad and My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean. Your audiences will enjoy participating rather than simply listening.
Nat “King” Cole sang this haunting song of lost love. Sad songs just do not get any prettier than this. Available in contest and show versions
This parody of the “Three Girls Medley” is plenty of fun. Here are the three tunes included: “My Little Magpie,” “No, No, Nuthatch” and “Robin, My Breast Is Throbbin’.”So if you sing in a bird-brained group. . . .
Here is a classic, poignant ballad about mother. Though not the version sung by 1986 champ Rural Route 4, this one is pretty darn powerful.
This WWI ballad never goes out of style. So it’s time for you to “Smile the while. . . .”
This is a revised version of an old-fashioned ballad. The tune is a real oldie, not the 1947 hit by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne you are probably picturing.
Well, this is sure a unique song. Written way, way back in 1898, this novelty tune was covered by the Kingston Trio in the late 1950s. The fellow tells the agent wants to take a train to Morrow, well, today. Confusion ensues, which will lead to merriment for you and your audiences!
A peppy Dixie uptune, this song is a solid choice for contest. Hey, you will be home . . . tomorrow.
Yet another ballad of a woman too wild for her own good. The poor dear has fallen far.
This clever love song is just too marvelous not to sing. Hey, that is what international medalist State Line Grocery thought. How about you?
An ageless song of young love, this tune tells of the greater wisdom of the younger folks. Singers of any age can have a hit with this piece, for sure.
Here are three quite interesting songs about, um, unique women. Would you believe Sob Sister Sadie, Hard Boiled Rose and Dangerous Nan McGrew?
This quite humorous song, which I also wrote, was a hit for international medalist Riptide.
Composed of three very lively tunes, this medley has great choreographic possibilities for a chorus. Hey, it’s time for you to do the Charleston, Varsity Drag and Black Bottom.
This one is pretty flexible, of course, for so many of our barbershop claassics were written in this roaring decade. So you could either sing these two uptunes or pick one of them and just add a ballad:
- How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm
- Twenties Dance Medley
Here is some gentle, sweet, lighthearted fun for you and your audiences. Mm, can’t you just feel the warm breeze and taste the drink with the little umbrella in it.. . . . The highly entertaining quartet Boardwalk can.
Funny and wordy, as sung by Joker’s Wild, this piece could be made contestable. You will not believe the rapid-fire list of roadside attractions included in this clever song.
Has your envy of the fabulous Vocal Majority ever caused you to want to poke a little fun at them? Now is your chance. This parody will spice up any barbershop performance.
Here is some old-fashioned fun in 3/4 time. It is the happy tale of Madeline Mooney, “who’d rather be dancing than eat.”
And now for something completely different. This jazzy version of a song usually heard as a barbershop ballad is patterned after Frank Sinatra’s interpretation. If you have some swing in your soul, give this one a look and a listen. Continue reading Way You Look Tonight, The
Barbershopper Fred Tremper wrote this piece about Broadway stardom. Hey, perhaps this tune can send you on your way as well.
This is a sad ballad of lost love. Your beloved is getting married but to someone else. You can really jerk some tears with this tune.
A Cab Calloway tune that really swings, this witty song has something for everyone. It is no longer exclusive to Sweden’s Dalton Bros., so do give it a shot.
This popular hit has a lot going for it. Sweet, gentle, flattering, wry—it is just plain fun to sing, and to listen to as well. Treat your seasonal audiences to this one!
A witty conundrum for us singers, this tune was arranged for the Cleveland Heights High School Men’s Barbershoppers. The funny, clever piece, with lots of built-in movement ideas, would be great for adult men too (and could be put into women’s voicing).
Here is a new twist on an all-time favorite of us barbershoppers. Various popular oldies are referenced within this piece.
A lonesome doughboy on R&R in Australia finds that those initials just might stand for Romance & Relationship. This tune offers plenty of light fun.
A fun song about billing and cooing, this lively tune paints vivid picture of innocent romance.
A beautiful Sigmund Romberg tempo ballad, this song tells of a bittersweet parting that is more sweet than bitter.
Ready to thumb your nose at fashion snobbery? With its ever-so-mildly risque lyrics, this Mama Cass tune is bound to be hit, whether on the contest stage or in a show. Continue reading When I Just Wear My Smile
Voted the best barbershop ballad of all time by Arrangement judges, this song will touch your listeners’ hearts.
Are your superpowers—and maybe even some of your normal ones—fading away? If so, you will be able to relate to this clever parody. Not surprisingly, it goes well with the Aging Superheroes Medley.
This Beatles’ song is always a kick, for singers and audience members alike. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. Of course, you can vary the lyrics to reference any age that ends in a four. Continue reading When I’m Sixty-Four
This uptune is a favorite with all audiences. They know it, they love it; so give it a look-see.
A beautiful, heartfelt song, this is a pure joy to sing and listen to. Power Play debuted it, and it has since become a barbershop staple. Continue reading When There’s Love at Home
. . . it’s better to leave them alone, says this novelty tune. This is not the version sung by the 139th St. Quartet, by the way, but it is still great fun.
This pensive, timeless ballad has certainly stood the test of time. The reprise of the theme melody in the tag is a nice added touch.
Here is a square medley of love that has a wonderfully old-fashioned ring to it. Ain’t lifelong love grand?
This cute novelty tune tells of the wild things that can happen on a faraway island.
This clever number combines very well with How Are You Goin’ to Wet Your Whistle in a Prohibition novelty set. Did Joe send you?
There are not many lovelier, more touching Broadway ballads than this. A bonus is that this song is contestable.
This energetic song is a pure delight. If you figure out what the words mean, do let me know.
This tempo ballad that really paints a pretty picture. Is someone waiting for you? I sure hope so.
You may not be familiar with this song, but it is way cheerful and appealing. Your group wants to sing it; you just don’t know it yet. Anne Bureau has made some killer tracks to help you learn this tune fast. Continue reading Wherever There’s Me, There’s You
Here is an easy-beat, contestable love song that is most gentle and enjoyable. This tune is now available in both men’s and women’s voicing.
Did you ever have the feeling that you just should not leave home? Hey, when the cat’s away, the kitten just may play.
This is the cute pop hit popularized by Tony Orlando & Dawn. Suspicion seems to be going around, eh?
This tune is available in both the typical uptune version and a new cool/hot treatment. The latter is quite unique, so do yourself a favor and give it a try.
A #1 hit for Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle in 1993, this lovely tune soars into the stratosphere to tell us of the joys of new love. And believe it or not, this song works just fine in BHS contests. So take a magic carpet ride on this theme song from the animated film Aladdin.
As sung by SAI’s San Diego Chorus, this a real production number. Songs included are “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “Till We Meet Again” and “When You’re Smiling.” They also serve who sit and smile. . . .
This ballad of lost love contains some lovely, sad images. You can picture the petals slowly falling—and so can your audiences.
The great Irving Berlin makes some of his best word plays in this delightful song. From the musical Annie Get Your Gun, this contestable tune is for women only. Continue reading You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun
A strong ballad with a theme of temptation, this song asks that the love-struck person just be left alone. Lots of folks can relate to this theme. . . .
Question: What could be better than a lovely ballad from The Music Man that is about, well . . . you? Answer: two such lovely ballads. Do check out this medley of “Till There Was You” and “It’s You.” Both you and your audiences will be glad you did.
This is a highly cute song that lays down the law about fidelity. For sure it is for women only, and the ladies know how to sing it! Continue reading You’ve Got to See Mamma Every Night
Great for contest, this ’50s ballad builds to a surprising level of power. The men’s version is published by the BHS, and the song is great for women as well. Continue reading Young and Foolish
Love does not always last forever, but some things do. This humorous song is just fine for contest, so do give it a whirl.