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Bluegrass Student Union is the Louisville, Kentucky barbershop quartet who won the 1978 SPEBSQSA International competition. They distinguished themselves by performing at a high level of proficiency on stage and in the recording studio throughout their 33-year career, and by continually improving their art, even after winning their gold medals. They credit much of their success to their coaches, Mary Jo Hatton Thompson, Don Clause, Ron Riegler, Gene Stickler and Ed Weber, to their chorus Director, Jim Miller, and to their long-time arrangers, Ed Waesche and Walter Latzko.
Allen Hatton (tenor) Ken Hatton (lead) Dan Burgess (baritone) Rick Staab (bass). Allen Hatton later sang tenor with the original version of the Second Edition quartet to win the Cardinal District Quartet Championship for his second time. Ken Hatton later sang lead with the 2000 Cardinal District Champion SENSATIONS quartet, who earned semi-finalist status (20th place) in the 2001 International Quartet Competition. Ken also sang lead with The Exchange, semi-finalist (20th place) in the 2003 International Quartet Competition of SPEBSQSA, Inc.
The Bluegrass Student Union quartet was inducted into the Cardinal District Hall of Fame in 2005.
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Review: This three-CD collection by the Bluegrass Student Union, with its stellar harmonies and faultless execution, is a must-have for any fan of barbershop and will earn many new devotees. BSU, a celebrated quartet formed in 1974 and winners of the 1978 SPEBSQSA Championship, has produced a treasure. A retrospective of their entire career, the collection includes barbershop favorites such as "Coney Island Baby" and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm." the songs from Broadway's "The Music Man" that comprised their third recording, Gershwin classics such as "Our Love is Here to Stay" and "I've Got a Crush on You," and so much more! In addition, BSU has provided extensive liner notes that explain the group history and philosophy, and reveal the musical intelligence and knowledge that is evident in their work. Another bonus is the superior quality of the recording itself, which adds to the enjoyment. Highly recommended.
Songlist: I Told Them All About You Dear (Medley), I've Found My Sweetheart Sally, When It's Darkness On The Delta, Meet Me In Rosetime Rose, Midnight Rose, Girls Medley, The Auctioneer, Eyes Medley, It Was Just One of Those Things, This Little Piggy, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, It's Not Where You Start/ Rose Colored Glasses Medley, Hi Neighbor, The Old Songs Medley, Biff The Friendly Purple Bear, Java Jive, The Chordbusters' March, I'm Confessin' That I Love You, Sixteen Tons, Here's To The Winners, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, The Bluegrass Gospel Medley, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Iowa Stubborn, Ya Got Trouble, Good Night My Someone, Marian The Librarian, Pick-A-Little-Talk-Little and Good Night Ladies , Shipoopi, The Sadder but Wiser Girl, The Buffalo Bills Music Man Medley, Gary Indiana, Till There Was You, Ya Got Trouble (Reprise), Jukebox Saturday Night Medley, Stardust, Minnie the Moocher, Sugar Medley, All the Things You Are, Peg O' My Heart, I Got Rhythm, I Can Dream Can't I, Mills Brothers Medley, Slap That Bass, A Foggy Day, Liza, I've Got a Crush on You, They All Laughed, Swanee, Porgy and Bess Overture, Love Is Here to Stay, As Time Goes By, Coney Island Baby, Lollipops and Roses, In My Brand New Automobile, River of No Return, How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On the Farm, Erie Canal, Lulu's Back In Town, 1987 Birmingham, There Will Always Be a Place For You
Review: 1978 International Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champs BSU have had a legendary career spanning more than 3 decades, 100 recorded songs and 1000 live performances. "Commencement" is a remarkable gift to their fans and to all fans of Barbershop, combining a dvd that follows the college analogy with a "Digital Video Disc Yearbook" in four Chapters, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors." These feature clips of some of the group's influences, which they call "hero quartets:" the Suntones, the Citations and many others, with the groups' commentary on what made them want to sing along with and learn from these quartets. A favorite from Chapter 1's 14 clips would be "The Old Songs Medley," from Chapter 2's 6 clips, "Porgy and Bess Overture," from Chapter 3's 20 clips, "Mardi Gras Medley," and from Chapter 4's 9 clips, "The Bluegrass Gospel Medley." Then we come to an audio CD of 8 tunes, a few favorites are "Back in Business," "It's Sand, Man," "I Can't Run Away From You," "Without A Song" and "It's a Wonderful Life." This audio disc is excellent, the frosting, if you will, on the cake that is the dvd. "Freshmen," for instance, has over 41 minutes of wonderful live video clips, "Sophomore" has over 29 minutes, "Junior" over 44 minutes and "Senior" 38 minutes-of wonderful vintage costumes and great music, that shows the evolution of a group known as the "valedictorian" of the Barbershop Harmony Society's "class of 1978." Trust us, there's more incredible history and music here than we can begin to describe to you. If you love Barbershop or vocal harmony in general, just treat yourself to Bluegrass Student Union's lifetime achievement: "Commencement!"
Songlist: Minnie The Moocher, It's Sand, Man, Chordbusters' March, The Old Songs Medley, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, All The Things You Are, I Can't Run Away From You, Sixteen Tons, Old Grey Bonnet Medley, Together Wherever We Go , Danny Boy, Goodbye, Anna In Indiana, Midnight Rose, Jukebox Saturday Night Medley, Stardust, Mills Brothers Medley, Porgy and Bess Overture, A Foggy Day, This Little Piggy Went To Market, Swanee, Is It True What They Say About Dixie, Renegades Opener, Margie, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose , Bring Back Those Good Old Days , How's Every Little Thing In Dixie, Whippoorwill Medley , You're The Flower Of My Heart, Sweet Adeline, How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm, I Can Dream Can't I, Mardis Gras Medley, The Auctioneer, The Sadder But Wiser Girl, Ya Got Trouble, Marian The Librarian, Till There Was You, Gary Indiana, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Lulu's Back In Town, The Bluegrass Gospel Medley, It's A Wonderful Life, Biff The Friendly Purple Bear, Erie Canal, Java Jive, Love Is Here To Stay, Without A Song, They All Laughed, Back In Business, Desafinado, It's Sand, Man, I Can't Run Away From You, Travelin' Man, Without A Song, Chargog-Agog-Manchog-Agog-Chaubun-Agung-Amog, It's A Wonderful Life