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?
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.