Barbershop in the News

History of barbershop singing is rich

Kansas City, MO - August 21, 2016

history of barbershop singing is rich

When O.C. Cash and Rupert Hall met in March 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri, they were passionate about preserving the quartet and harmony style of music. A month later in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they formed what today is known as the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Where it all began was some years earlier. Lynn Abbott, a jazz archivist at Tulane University, discovered overwhelming evidence that barbershop quarteting was pervasive in African-American culture in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many of these artists went on to become the pioneers of jazz.

 

 

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