Arrangements

Seventy Six Percent

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. . . .

Sudbury Saturday Night

Come join the folks of this nickel-mining town for a rollicking time. Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors paints a most vivid, delightful picture of what the weekend is like up north in Ontario. You are right there, and your audiences will be too.

Hello, Detective Joe

Can Joe Mahoney catch the criminal mastermind who pulled off the big heist? Joe’s disguise when he goes undercover does not fool anyone, but our man just may be able to close the book on this one nonetheless. Set to a light classical tune, this piece is heavy fun.

Twenties Set

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

Seniors Set

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.]

Teen Angst Set

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

Roses Set

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

Penny Set

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

Grease Set

Ah, young love: Grease Medley Young and Foolish [or any other song of young love]

Mary Poppins Set

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

Pirate Set

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.]

Popeye Set

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.]

Aging Superheroes Set

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

Prohibition Set

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…

Sea Set

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…

Oliver Set

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

Golf Set

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

Knighthood Set

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

Dreamer with a Penny

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.

Wochenend’ und Sonnenschein

While this song is not really a translation of “Happy Days Are Here Again,” it does feature a new set of German lyrics that capture the cheery spirit of the original. This song has the honor of being one of the first two polecat songs for BinG!, which is a…

In My Album of Memories

This heartfelt ballad was written by barbershop patriarch Hal Purdy. Hal started the famous Purdy Corral, an institution at International conventions for years.

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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Ukulele Lady

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.

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Going Home

A timeless song that has been redone to be contestable, this piece is purely wonderful. Do check out this gentle, deep journey.

Amazing Grace

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

Blue Bayou

No joke, this is the straight version of the Roy Orbison song, covered so beautifully by Linda Ronstadt, among others. Your group can set a sultry Louisiana mood with this pop hit.

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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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Greatest Gift of All, The

Written and performed by John Jarvis, this lovely song stresses two types of love. One is for one’s spouse, while the other is even greater: “Peace on Earth, goodwill to men.” At this time the arrangement is exclusive to Nova Quattro, but your chance will come one of these days.

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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My Wild Irish Rose

No one doesn’t like this classic ballad. This particular arrangement is just that little bit different.

Seeds and Stems Again

This tongue-in-cheek lament is best saved for after-afterglows. But, hey, legalization is slowly but surely happening. . . .

Yesterday’s Roses

This ballad of lost love contains some lovely, sad images. You can picture the petals slowly falling—and so can your audiences.

Your Horoscope for Today

No matter what your sign, dude, wicked things are in store for you for the foreseeable future. This Weird Al tune is quite funny, not to mention way intense.

You’ve Got to See Mamma Every Night

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!

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Young and Foolish

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.

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