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2017

This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Words and Music by Steve Allen. Arrangement by Scott Kitzmiller. As sung by Instant Classic. Recording by Kohl Kitzmiller.

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? 

I've Got the World On a String

Words by Ted Koehler. Music by Harold Arlen. Arrangement by Adam Reimnitz. Recording by Tim Waurick.

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

Words by Oscar Hammerstein, II. Music by Jerome Kern. Arrangement by Scott Kitzmiller. Recording by Kohl Kitzmiller. As sung by Instant Classic.

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

Words and Music by Ray Stevens. Arrangement by Gary Parker. Recording by Tim Waurick. As sung by Max Q.

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

Words by Arthur Freed. Music by Nacio Herb Brown. Arrangement by David Wallace. Recording by Gary Lewis.

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

Words by Albert A. Beach. Music by Léo Chauliac and Charles Trenet. Arrangement by Larry Triplett. Recording by Jordan Litz.

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

Words by Sammy Gallop. Music by Milton Delugg. Arrangement by Bob Dowma. Recording by Randy Rogers.

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. 

Love Letters

Words by Edward Heyman. Music by Victor Young. Arrangement by Steve Delehanty. Recording by Tim Waurick.

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

Words and Music by Lew Brown and Sammy Fain. Arrangement by David Wright. Recording by Tim Waurick. As sung by Platinum.

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

Words by Rhoda Roberts. Music by Kenneth Jacobson. Arrangement by Gene Cokeroft and Dot Short. Recording by Jordan Litz. As sung by the Suntones.

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. 

2016

Daydream

Music and Words by John Sebastian. Arrangement by Mel Knight. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Daydream was written by John Sebastion, a member of the The Lovin' Spoonful. They recorded it on their second album, which was also named Daydream. The single reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also #2 on the UK singles chart. The song has been recorded by many artists, including Chet Atkins, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Art Garfunkel, and Doris Day.

For All We Know

Words by Sam M. Lewis. Music by J. Fred Coots. Arrangement by Lou Perry. Recording by Tim Waurick.

For All We Know was written in 1934 and recorded by both Hal Kemp and Isham Jones, reaching #3 in the charts that year. Recor- ded through the years by over 50 artists, it once again made the Top 100 in 1962 in a recording by Dinah Washington. More recently, it was sung by Bette Midler in the 1991 film, For the Boys. 

I Will Go Sailing No More

Words and Music by Randy Newman. Arrangement by Rich Hasty. As sung by O. C. Times. Recording by Randy Rogers.

It's a Most Unusual Day

Words by Harold Adamson, Music by Jimmy McHugh, Arrangement by Walter Latzko. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Although The Suntones are known for their brilliant blend, one of their most thrilling attributes is the dynamic solo ability of each of the singers. This arrangement provides features for both the Baritone and the Tenor. The optional tag is a rendering of the actual voicing used by The Suntones. Note the high Baritone harmonization, leading to a most unusual final voicing!  

Oh! Look At Me Now

Words by John DeVries. Music by Joe Bushkin. Arrangement by Aaron Dale. As performed by O. C. Times. Recording by Tim Waurick.

A Sunday Kind of Love

Words and Music by Barbara Belle, Louis Prima, Anita Leonard and Stan Rhodes. Arrangement by Adam Reimnitz. As sung by Rounders. Recording by Tim Waurick.

The Way We Were

Words by Alan & Marilyn Bergman. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Arrangement by Brian Beck. As sung by O. C. Times. Recording by Tim Waurick.

When I Lift Up My Head

Words and Music by Dottie Rambo. Arrangement by David Wright. As sung by the Ambassadors of Harmony. Recording by Tim Waurick.

You Took Advantage of Me

Words by Lorenz Hart. Music by Richard Rodgers. Arrangement by Aaron Dalef or Four Aces. As sung by the Crush. Recording by Tim Waurick.

You're 16, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine

Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Arrangement by Aaron Dale. As performed by O. C. Times. Recording by Tim Waurick.

2015

Make 'Em Laugh

Words by Arthur Freed, Music by Nacio Herb Brown. Arrangement by Clay Hine. As sung by Keepsake. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Words by Johnny Burke, Music by Jimmy van Heusen, Arrangement by John Bober. As sung by Power Play. Recording by Tim Waurick.

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down

Words by Joe Young. Music by Fred E. Ahlert. Arrangement by Jim Kahlke. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Ebb Tide

Words by Carl Sigman. Music by Robert Maxwell. Arrangement by Fred King. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Ebb Tide was written by Robert Maxwell (1921-2012) and Carl Sigman (1909-2000). Maxwell, primarily a harpist won a scholarship to Julliard School and, at 17 became the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra. Sigman graduated from law school but, with encouragement of his friend Johnny Mercer, soon embarked on a songwriting career. He wrote such hits as Dream Along with Me, Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think), and What Now My Love.

Arranger Fred King is a legend in the world of barbershop harmony. A long time choral and instrumental teacher in the Maryland school system, Fred was exposed to barbershop music while still a high school student. His long association with the Barbershop Harmony Society yielded many awards and honors. He was the baritone of the 1970 international quartet champion, the Oriole Four. In 1971 he directed the chorus of the Chesapeake (Dundalk, Maryland) to the international chorus gold metal. Fred was named to the BHS Hall of Fame in 2004.

This arrangement by Fred is full of lush, modern harmonies not usually identified with the barber shop style but which beautifully enhance the melody of the song. 

Drivin' Me Crazy

Words, Music, and Arrangement by Bob Disney. As sung by OC Times. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Bob "Diz" Disney was born in 1947 and started singing when he was 10 years old. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1962. Since then she has penned over 40 original compositions and more than 200 vocal arrangements. He is a three-time mid Atlantic district quartet champion and finished third in the 1979 international quartet with the B&O Connection. Over the years he has directed both men's and women's barbershop courses, and has been a sought after coach, arranger and composer.

And me crazy was written in 1989 and originally performed by one of Diz's quartets, Arcade, the 1992 mid-Atlantic district champion. Though originally intended to be an afterglow tune, it has since turned out to be an exciting show opener or closer. The song was recorded and performed in competition by OC Times, the 2008 international quartet champion. It was also recorded by Keepsake, the 1992 international quartet champion.

All the Way

Words by Sammy Cahn. Music by James van Heusen. Arrangement by Tom Gentry. From "The Joker is Wild". Recording by Tim Waurick.

Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)

Words and Music by Cole Porter. Arrangement by John Brockman. As sung by The Crush. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Blue Skies

Words and Music by Irving Berlin. Arrangement by Clay Hine. As sung by Keepsake. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Always

Words and Music by Irving Berlin. Arrangement by Mark Hale and Don Gray. As sung by Michigan Jake. Recording by Chris Arnold.

Your First Day in Heaven

Words and Music by Stuart Hamblen. Arrangement by Aaron Dale. As sung by Crossroads. Recording by Tim Waurick.

2014

You Brought a New Kind of Love

Words and Music by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, and Pierre Norman. Arrangement by Larry Triplett for the quartet Wheelhouse. From the Paramount movie The Big Pond. Recording by Tim Waurick.

What'll I Do?

Words and Music by Irving Berlin. Arrangement by Ed Waesche and Renée Craig. As sung by Platinum. Recording by Tim Waurick.

The great songwriter Irving Berlin was a master at simplicity. There is no better example of his genius than What'll I Do? The song was introduced in the Music Box Review of 1923 by Grace Moore and John Steel. It was sung by Danny Thomas in the 1948 film Big City.

Ed Waesch, one of the society's most popular and prolific arrangers, borrowed the tag from Renée Craig's arrangement of this song. There is probably no greater influence in the world of barbershop in performance in the inimitable Renée Craig. It is safe to say that almost every barbershop chorus and quartet has sung a song by each of these fine arrangers.

I'm Looking over a Four Leaf Clover

Words by Mort Dixon. Music by Harry Woods. Arrangement by Ed Waesch. As sung by Accoustix. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Lazy Day

Words by Tony Powers. Music by George Fischoff. Arrangement by David Wright.

George Fischhoff is a former student of Rudolph Serkin and a Juilliard graduate who composed the 1960s pop music hits 98.6 performed by Keith and Lazy Day performed by Spanky and Our Gang, both of which became "million performance songs" in 1996.

In 1970, Fischhoff was the youngest composer on Broadway, with the Tony-nominated musical Georgy! He wrote and directed Promised Land, a musical history of Moses that ran eight months off-Broadway.

David Wright, Professor and chair of the mathematics department of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, is a prolific arranger of vocal music. A member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, he was placed in that organization's Hall of Fame in 2008. His arrangements are recognized for their creativity and our spontaneously enjoyable to perform.

Where the Southern Roses Grow

Words by Richard H. Buck. Music by Theodore F. Morse. Arranged by David Wright. Recording by Ryan Griffith.

Lazy River

Words and Music by Hoagy Carmichael and Sydney Arodin. Arrangement bo Tom Gentry. As sung by Marquis. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Cowriter Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra introduced this classic tune in 1931. The song won a Grammy award for Si Zentner and his Orchestra 30 years later. In the interim, the Mills Brothers revived in a big way.

This arrangement has been made popular by Marquis, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1995 international quartet champion.

Love Me

Words and Music by Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber. Arrangement by Aaron Dale. As performed by OC Times. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Gee, I'm Glad it's Raining

Words and Music by Shane and Alice Keister. Arrangement by Jeremy Johnson. Recording by Simon Rylander.

Down Where the South Begins

Words by Gus Kahn. Music by Walter Donaldson. Arrangement by Bill "Buz" Busby. As sung by Platinum. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Swing Low Chariot/Swing Down Chariot Medley

Traditional Words and Music. Arrangement by Vagabonds, et. al. As sung by Vagabonds. Recording by Tim Waurick.

2013

A Fool Such as I

Music by Bill Trader. Arrangement by Aaron Dale for OC Times. As sung by OC Times. Recording by Tim Waurick

Liar Medley

Arrangement by Renée Craig."How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You" Words by Alan J. Lerner. Music by Burton Lane. "A Sin to Tell a Lie" Words and Music by Billy Mayhew. As sung by Gas House Gang. Recording by Simon Rylander.

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

Words by Maurice Mysels. Music by Ira Kosloff. Arrangement by Aaron Dale. As sung by OC Times. Recording by Tim Waurick.

When I Fall in Love

Words by Edward Heyman. Music by Victor Young. Arrangement by Jay Giallombardo. As sung by Grandma's Boys. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Why Don't You Fall in Love with Me? Undecided Medley

Arrangement by Clay Hine. "Why Don't You Fall in Love with Me?" Words and Music by Al Lewis and Mabel Wayne. "Undecided". Words and Music by Sid Robin and Charles Shavers. As sung by Platinum. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Yes, Indeed

Words and Music by Melvin "Sy" Oliver. Arrangement by Earl Moon. Recording by Tim Waurick.

No More Sorrow

Traditional words and music. Arrangement Shelton Kilby, III. A sung by the Gas House Gang. Recording by Tim Waurick.

Somebody Knows

Words and Music by Harry von Tilzer. Arrangement by David Wright for Michigan Jake. Recording Sean Milligan.

If I Love Again

Words by J. P. Murray. Music by Ben Oakland. Arrangement by Katie Farrell. As recorded by Louisville Times. Recording by Tim Waurick.

A Little Patch of Heaven

Words Glenn Slater. Music by Alan Menken. Arrangement by Aaron Dale for Crossroads. As sung by Crossroads. Recording by Tim Waurick.