Did you know July 13th is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day and is a day to relax and enjoy the sweet voices of a Barbershop Quartet or the Sweet Adelines?Barbershop Harmony is four part, unaccompanied, close harmony singing. In most cases, barbershop music is taken from 20th (and 21st!) century popular music.
It can be sung by a quartet, with each singer singing her own part, or by larger groups of anything up to 200 singers – still singing in four parts. Barbershoppers do more than just sing…they entertain!
Edna Mae Anderson of Tulsa, Oklahoma invited some women to her home to sing on July 13, 1945. Their husbands were members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The ladies wanted to participate in the singing fun and enjoyment. On that evening, the “Sweet Adelines” were born. The group later became Sweet Adelines International., which now boasts hundreds of groups and thousands for members.
July 13th is a great day to listen to barbershop music.
The Origin of Barbershop Music Appreciation Day:
Barbershop Music Appreciation Day was created in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International. It was started to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their organization. This organization boasts over 300 choruses, and 15,000 singers.
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