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April 11 is National Barbershop Quartet Day!

Now there’s something to sing and tap your toes about!

They're taking requests, folks. Go ahead and have these fancy gents sing you your favorite Golden Oldie (and I do mean Oldie)!

Barbershop Quartet Day honors four guys with great voices that blend perfectly–their outfits don’t blend so well, but their voices sure do. This day celebrates the founding of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11, 1938. Barbershop Quartets date back to the early 1900’s in America.

Barbershop quartets are popular in some areas of the country, especially those favoring straw hats and bow ties. Musical selections are usually happy and naïve…innocent (no rap, hip-hop, or ska, and crotch-grabbing during the performances is strictly forbidden), and allow full use of the voice ranges and skills of these talented singers. Competitions at local and national levels encourage these groups to flourish, or at least perform regularly.

Celebrate today by listening to a Barbershop Quartet, either live or recorded. This may take a little schedule-juggling on your part, but isn’t some good old-fashioned harmony worth it? Give it a try!

Click here for a YouTube video of a delightful Barbershop Quartet if you’re too busy to find a real one in a venue near you.

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