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Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills

Lead: Al Shea. Tenor: Verna Reed. Baritone: Dick Grapes. Bass: Bill Spangenberg.

In 1947, baritone Hershel Smith, a corporate executive, and lead singer Al Shea, a policeman, got together at Smith's home in Buffalo New York with the idea of forming a barbershop quartet. Tenor Vern Reed, an executive for a boy's club, and bass Bill Spangenberg, a truck driver for a steel company were added. The quartet competed at various competitions with modest success. Shortly afterward, Smith was promoted and transferred to Madison Wisconsin, and the quartet was disbanded. Had they not reorganized, the entire face of barbershop harmony may have been vastly different than it is today.

However, Shea and Reed insisted on continuing, and they found baritone Dick Grapes. The quartet blossomed quickly, winning a national competition in 1950, and developing quite a fan club. Over the next few years, they booked many engagements and cut some records.

Group History

1950 - Barbershop Quartet Champions


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Buffalo Bills : Remembering Time : 00  1 CD : 888751067523 : SNYM11860282.2

Buffalo Bills : Remembering Timenew

This is a remastered release of the 1965 LP and was their last recording on RCA. This is classic stuff and shows why the Buffalo Bills are the most revered of the original barbershop quartets. A must for collectors and fans!

Songlist: Remembering Time, Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie, Moon River, Ramona, I Wonder What's Become Of Sally?, The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi, Medley: Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland; Dear Old Girl, Beautiful Dreamer, Hello, Dolly!, I Want A Girl (Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad), The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, I Left My Heart In San Francisco

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43151c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo Bills : 00  2 CDs

Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo Bills

The Bills bubbled to the top of the public consciousness during their star turn in the "Music Man," as the members of the River City School Board who sing "Lida Rose" (a moment in barbershop history that would introduce many of us novices to the style). In fact, though, they continued to live long and prosper way beyond that. As Columbia recording artists, they produced many albums (some with accompaniment), the highlights of which are compiled on these two CD's produced by Brian Beck. Digitally re-mastered to bring the quality to modern standards (though several tracks from their very earliest recording efforts couldn't be repaired 100%, but heck, it's part of the charm), the Bills' sound is startlingly robust for a group that won 50 years ago! Significant credit for this must be given to the arrangements of Walter Latzko, who began an eight-album association with the quartet in 1951; his impact on barbershop singing in general can hardly be overstated. The Bills brought those arrangements to life, embodying yearning and romance ("I'd Love To Live In Loveland," "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," "If You Were The Only Girl"), as well as broad tomfoolery and brisk cheer, during romps such as "Toot Toot Tootsie," "Dardanella" and "With Plenty Of Money And You." The longevity of their success may also be due in part to the smooth musicality of their approach and the warmth of their tone; though not breaking any sound barriers technically by today's standards, they don't need to. Released as part of the AIC Masterworks series to coincide with the 50th Annual Society Convention in Kansas City, this CD set is a great value.

Songlist: Hard Hearted Hannah, Birth Of The Blues, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Dardanella, Toot Toot Tootsie, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Your Eyes Have Told Me So, If You Were The Only Girl, Rose of The Rio Grande, My Baby Just Cares For Me, A Cup of Coffee, A Sandwhich and You, I'd Love to Live in Loveland, Emaline, The Girl That I Marry, If I Could Be With You, With Plenty of Money and You, Goofus, They Didn't Believe Me, As Time Goes By, Walkin' With My Honey, Fit As A Fiddle , Bye Bye Blackbird, Why Do I Love You, Happy Days Are Here Again, Shut The Door, I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas, Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long, Josephine, Please Don't Lean On The Bell, I Love A Piano, The Preacher and The Bear, and more

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5414c | 2 CDs | $24.98 | A Cappella





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