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Cracker Jills

Cracker Jills

1957 - Sweet Adelines Queens of Harmony

Lead: Renee Craig. Tenor: Bobbie Bostick. Baritone: Judy Rowell. Bass: Jan Saundry.

Considered one of the best examples of a barbershop quartet ever produced by Sweet Adelines, The Cracker Jills brought to the stage a distinctive sound, credited in large part to Renee Limburg Craig's experience as a professional pop singer and to the sheer musicality of the foursome. They continued to thrill audiences until their retirement in 1967, marked by a one-quartet show at the Philadelphia Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA.

The quartet members distinguished themselves in other ways as well: Judy Rowell served as Sweet Adelines' international president, 1964-66; Renee Craig (who began singing on the radio at the age of 3) was named to Sweet Adelines' original musical arrangements committee, which secured publication of the first women's barbershop arrangements and developed a program of arranger education. A prolific composer and arranger as well, Renee directed Ramapo Valley Chorus (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey) to three international championships, and was a founding member of The Coronet Club (the association of international champion quartet members), serving for many years as its musical director.

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