Arrangements

Hang On Sloopy

Originally called “My Girl Sloopy,” this tune reached No.26 on the charts for the Vibrations in 1964. The McCoys had a No.1 hit with it the next year. By one account, the inspiration for the song was Dorothy Sloop, a jazz singer from Steubenville, Ohio—also the birthplace of Dean Martin—and…

Help!

Your quartet or chorus might want to, uh, help itself to this classic from the Beatles. The arrangement is partly lead solo and partly all-skate. So give it a shout, eh?

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No One Knows

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.

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My Guy

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,…

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Leader of the German Band

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.

I’m Henry VIII, I Am

A goofy golden oldie, this English music hall song is quite repetitive, so you might want to make part of it a sing-along with your audience.

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White Christmas

This classic is a good candidate for the best popular song of all time. “And may all your Christmases be white!”

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If You’ve Only Got a Moustache

The great Stephen Foster wrote many beautiful, poignant songs, as well as some lighthearted ones. Guess which kind this is. This song, as well as its composer, was featured at the 2015 Pittsburgh International convention.

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Hey, Good Lookin’

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.

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My Wife Is on a Diet

This witty song is popular with high school boys for some reason. Go figure. Of course, grownups like this Cincinnati Kids’ song even more.

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Knighthood Rhythm Medley

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!

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Knighthood Quest Medley

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.

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Don’t Put a Tax on the Beautiful Girls

“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.

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

This rousing song is from the musical “Les Miserables.” Your audiences’ hearts and guts will be surely be moved by your powerful performance. Although the song itself would fly in contest, this arrangement is intended for shows only.

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Amazing Grace

This may be the best song ever written, period. Couldn’t all of us fallible mortals use a little grace?

Be My Life’s Companion

Do you want to stay young, at least in your heart? Then this is the song for you.

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Rock and Roll Medley

Four rock ‘n’ roll classics make this medley a winner: Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay, Hound Dog, Tears on My Pillow and Blue Moon. So, hey, let your eternal teenager out for a little while.

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Yesterday

The lovely Beatles’ tune may be the most recorded of all time. The men’s version of this arrangement is published by the BHS. Now available for SATB mixed voices.

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You Meet the Nicest People

Light and sweet, this Christmas tune will add sparkle to your holiday shows. Wouldn’t you like to meet it?

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When the River Meets the Sea

What a beautiful song this is. A metaphor for the afterlife, the piece can be a great comfort at funeral and at other times as well.

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When There’s Love at Home

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.

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie

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.

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Whispering

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.

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When I’m Sixty-Four

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.

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When I Lost You (Aging Superheroes Parody)

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.

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When I Lost You

Voted the best barbershop ballad of all time by Arrangement judges, this song will touch your listeners’ hearts.

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Western Medley

Here are seven songs that could be the centerpiece to a Western-themed show: Back in the Saddle Again, Home on the Range, Deep in the Heart of Texas, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Clementine, Red River Valley and Oh Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie. This medley is also available in a shorter…

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Virgin Mary (Had a Baby Boy)

There is plenty of rhythmic interest in this Christmas tune. It somehow manages to be both calm and lively at the same time—not to mention lots of fun.

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Under the Boardwalk

This happy summer song is always in season. The BHS publishes the men’s version, of this tune, which is virtually a Polecat song in some places. Now available for SATB mixed voices.

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Tie Me to Your Apron Strings Again

Here is a classic, poignant ballad about mother. Though not the version sung by 1986 champ Rural Route 4, this one is also pretty darn powerful.

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Tomorrow

A peppy Dixie uptune, this song is a solid choice for contest. Hey, you will be home . . . tomorrow.

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Thousand Thoughts of You, A

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.

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They Go Wild, Simply Wild over Me

This arrogantly fun uptune was debuted by our 1984 champs, The Rapscallions, and revived in most humorous fashion by popular medalist quartet Metropolis.

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They Call It Dancing

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…

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That’ll Be the Day

The rock hit performed by Buddy Holly, Linda Ronstadt and many others, this tune is a lot of uppity fun.

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Sunshine of Your Smile, The

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.

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