Bluegrass Student Union | Volume VI

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Volume VI

by Bluegrass Student Union

The final volume of the champs' recordings illustrates the electric atmosphere of a live Bluegrass Student Union show. Some tracks include spoken introductions that give the listener more insight into the guys' personalities.
Genre: Easy Listening: Barbershop Quartet
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1. The Chordbusters' March (live)
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2. The Old Songs - Everything Old is New Again - In the Good Old Summertime Parody (medley) (live)
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3. Sweet Adeline (live)
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4. Minnie the Moocher - Jukebox Saturday Night (medley) (live)
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5. All the Things You Are (live)
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6. The Auctioneer Song (live)
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7. Lulu's Back in Town (live)
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8. How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (live)
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9. In My Brand New Automobile (live)
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10. River of No Return (live)
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11. Erie Canal (live)
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12. Without a Song (live)
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Album Notes
1. THE CHORDBUSTERS' MARCH (live): Inspired by the "Suntones" version of the "Chordbusters" quartet theme song, we made a few subtle changes to leave our mark on this rousing barbershop number. m/w/a/p-W.A. Wyatt.

2. THE OLD SONGS - EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN - IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME PARODY (medley) (live): We tied Society "Polecat" songs together with Ed Waesche's adaptation of a 1970's Anne Murray pop hit, to illustrate the timelessness of this theme. We borrowed parody lyrics from the "4 Preps" for the second chorus of IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME. THE OLD SONGS: m/w-G. O'Hara, a-SPEBSQSA, INC., p-Boston Music Co. EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: m-P. Allen, w-Carole Bayer Sager, a-EW, p-Warner Brothers IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME (PARODY): m-George Evans, w-Ren Shields, a-Ed Waesche, p-Edward B. Marks Music.

3. (YOU'RE THE FLOWER OF MY HEART) SWEET ADELINE (live): We were asked to record this tune for an album by National Geographic called "Barbershop Days." We borrowed the traditional arrangement from our hero quartet, the Suntones, but replaced their tag with one written by our late friend and mentor, Ed Gentry. We surrounded this song with progressive songs and arrangements, but always included this song in live performances. Our reason was not to impress traditionalists, but to provide beautiful contrast with an artistic performance of this timeless American Popular Song. m/w-Harry Armstrong, a-Suntones/Ed Gentry, p-Witmark & Sons.

4. MINNIE THE MOOCHER - JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT (medley) (live): We used the front end of 'Jukebox" to introduce the late Cab Calloway's "sing-along" classic, as performed in the first "Blues Brothers" fil. It's a natural for barbershop audiences, because they require little encouragement to sing along. Walter's great tag was perfect for the studio cut, and "Grandma's Boy" Jay Giallombardo contributed a "fanfare" tag for the live performances. MINNIE THE MOOCHER m/w-Cab Calloway/Clarence Gaskill/Irving Mills, a-WL, et al, p-EMI Mills Music Inc. a-Walter Latzko JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT: w/m-Paul McGrane/Al Stillman, p-Mutual Music Society.

5. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (live): This popular tune was recorded by many artists, and most couples danced to instrumental versions of it in the 1940's. Our love song specialist, Allen, interprets the beautiful lyric of Walter and Marjorie Latzko's favorite song. m-Jerome Kern, w-Oscar Hammerstein II, a-WL, p-Polygram International.

6. THE AUCTIONEER SONG (live): This show closer guaranteed a standing ovation after every performance. Our rendition of the Nighthawks classic novelty song was a great fit for Kenny's affinity for a fast pace. m/w Leroy Van Dyke, a-Greg Backwell, p-Milene Music Inc.

7. LULU'S BACK IN TOWN (live): Our rendition was inspired by the great Michael Feinstein, cabaret artist, recording artist, musicologist and son of a barbershop quartet singer from Columbus, Ohio. m/w-Harry Warren, Al Dubin, a-Ed waesche, p-WB Music Corp.

8. IN MY BRAND NEW AUTOMOBILE (live): This live recording of our first performance in International Competition, at the 1976 Convention in San Francisco, CA. was graciously provided by the SPEBSQSA, INC. The song and the arrangement were written by Al Rehkop, the great tenor of two International Champion quartets, the "Autotowners" and the "Gentlemen's Agreement." w/m/a-Al Rehkop, p-SPEBSQSA, INC.

9. RIVER OF NO RETURN (live): Baritone Dan has always been too modest about his solo voice (that was Dan on SUMMERTIME), but our audience loves to hear him. We captured this live BSU performance of another "Suntones" classic from a live package show in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1986, and included it here against his wishes (ha ha). By the way, we still haven't met anyone who can define "way-la-ree." m-Lionel Newman, w-Ken Darby, a-Gene Cokeroft, p-Beverly Newman.

9. HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM (live): Our attraction to this song had to do with its familiarity to barbershop audiences, its driving tempo, and its risque message. The live cut was taken from our performance on an "Association of International Champions" show, held at the International Convention in Hartford, Connecticut in 1987. m-Walter Donaldson, w-Sam Lewis/Joe Young, a-Ed Waesche, p-Mills Music

10. EERIE CANAL (live): Our inspiration for singing this traditional tune came from Ken and Allen's elementary school music teacher, Ms. Faye Cornish, who introduced her young pupils to a wide variety of American folk, pop and show songs. The purpose this folk song originally served was to accompany the drudgery of the barge workers of the 1800's, so its charm was in its repetitiveness. Walter Latzko's challenge was to render the song musically interesting by differentiating the harmony of each succeeding verse in his arrangement. As usual, we were pleased with his work. This live cut came from the 1988 AIC show, in San Antonio, Texas. w/m-Traditional, a-Walter Latzko, p-Public Domain

11. LULU'S BACK IN TOWN (live): Our introduction to this tune was provided by a cameo instrumental performance by the great Michael Feinstein on an episode of the 1980's television drama, "Thirty-Something." Michael's solid left hand demonstrated to us the strength of the song's rhythm. The live cut included came from a "Thoroughbred Chorus" annual show in Louisville, in 1990. m-Harry Warren, w-Al Dubin, a-EW, p-Witmark & Sons.

12. WITHOUT A SONG (live): This Walter Latzko arrangement was written for the great Buffalo Bills and covered by BSU favorites, the Suntones. The Bluegrass always took a reverent approach when performing this song. m/w-Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans, a-Walter Latzko, p-Anne Rachel Music Corp., L S Q Music Company, W B Music Corp.




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