Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas Barbershop Style - Evans Quartet

Howdy, Christmas music-seekers. You didn't think I'd forget about you this year, did you? Never.

Kicking off this (very) shortened sharing season, here are the Barbershop vocal stylings of the Evans Quartet. From the notes on the back cover (Decca DL 74162 / Stereo):

"The Evans Quartet — Turk Evans, tenor; Pres Evans, lead; Gene Smith, baritone; and Shirl Beckstead, bass — were the 1960 International Champions of the well-known S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America), and they were Medalist winners for two years previous."

The program is enjoyable, but your tolerance of the barbershop style may vary — as this is strictly the quartet, with no musical accompaniment. Also of note, the arrangements are much slower than you might be used to, to allow for those elongated barbershop harmonies.

When you prepare your next Christmas compilation of harp, zither, organ & chimes, clarinet, music box, etc., add a little barbershop to the mix.

Enjoy: Merry Christmas Barbershop Style by Evans Quartet

16 comments:

  1. Thank you, sir! I was hoping you hadn't forgotten us this year.

    Mark

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  2. Glad to see you are back and thanks for the great music!

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  3. thanks. much appreciated. keep them coming. it's a calling.

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  4. Thank you, Ryan. Merry Christmas!

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  5. Welcome Back!!! Can't wait to hear this one!!!!

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  6. Welcome back! A real keeper of an album! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hello,

    May I thank you for all your hard work and dedication in posting all the beautiful music during 2014.

    It is very much appreciated.

    All the very best for the Festive Season and in 2015.

    Cheers,

    Douglas (UK)

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  8. Thank you! I miss your wonderful shares, and every fall I hope for a new bounty from you. But I am grateful for whatever you can manage. Looking forward to November! Thank you!

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  9. I have found some amazing stuff on your blog, and now come to you with a request. I (and loads of others, I am sure) am looking for a clean copy of "The Sound of Christmas" by the Living Strings. All I've been able to uncover is a crackly needle-drop on youtube. Do you think your hardworking elves might be able to find a copy for you?

    Thanks.

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    1. I think I might have this LP. Stay tuned this Christmas!

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    2. google Johnny Douglas, living strings and you will find some of the living strings music re released on cd. It comes from a Douglas family member in Englandl

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  10. So glad you're still sharing this great music!

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  11. Christmas song of 2016. Listen here https://youtu.be/LmtravmjrW0

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