BARBER SHOP BALLADS by Sigmund Spaeth

BARBER SHOP BALLADS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Tune Detective makes another contribution to Music Is Fun, by digging up many of the old ballads that have been popular fare on street corners, in social gatherings, at bars, in schools and colleges, etc., and shows how to get new and individual ""swipes"" (chords outside the common ones used in regular singing). He has made some original arrangements of songs that have lived despite man-handling of generations. Sweet Adaline, How Dry I Am, Way Down Yonder in the Cornfield, We Never Speak As We Go By, Shine on Harvest Moon, and so on. He gives the background of some famous Barber Shop Quartetes who compete for prizes around the country and tells of the initial plans for the proposed contest at the World's Fair next summer, in which the champions will be brought from all over the country. This book should be a good buy for anyone interested in putting fancy touches to old favorites, for the world must sing, and this will help singers in all levels of society to get more fun out of their singing. It is a ""natural"" for squibsters and columnists -- and should get a special sort of publicity in circles where the ordinary book would not be noticed. Have you a Barber Shop Quartet in your home town?

Pub Date: March 18th, 1940
Publisher: Prentice Hall