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Boston Common

Boston Common

Lead: Rich Knapp. Tenor: Kent Martin. Baritone: Larry Tully. Bass: Terry Clarke.

Formed, quite literally by chance, at a mutual friend's home in 1971, The Boston Common remained active through the mid 1990s, performing in 46 states and five foreign countries. On network radio and television shows (including NBC's TODAY SHOW, the CBS AM AMERICA, Irish television, BBC-TV, Germany's WDR, and Canada's CBC-TV) and a host of regional radio and television programs. In addition, the group was featured by UPI and numerous magazines and newspapers. They've appeared on some of the most renowned stages in North America such as Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Canada's National Arts Center. They've performed with the Boston Pops, the Portland Symphony, and on one occasion even sang as back-up for a major recording artist (Chip Taylor's album "Some of Us," Warner Brothers).

Group History

1980 - Barbershop Quartet Champions


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Boston Common : That Old Feeling : 00  1 CD

Boston Common : That Old Feelingnew

They found barbershop treasure! A recording of this previously released classic was discovered by an old fan and was the only copy known to still be in existence. The recording has been lovingly remastered by the quartet who have rereleased on compact disc. It's easy to tell when listening as to why the Boston Common is considered one of the best barbershop quartets ever and this recordiog belongs in every barbershop fan's collection.

Songlist: That Old Feeling, Don't Be a Baby, Baby, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, I'm Sittin' Pretty in a Pretty Little City, You and I, Moonlight Becomes You, Lullaby in Ragtime, That's All, Seems Like Old Times, Mention My Name in Sheboygan, My Wonderful One, Forgive Me, That Old Quartet of Mine

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43149c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Boston Common : Collective Works : 00  2 CDs

Boston Common : Collective Works

This beautifully packaged double CD truly conveys the Boston Common aesthetic, which earned them not only the 1980 Championship, but also a exalted reputation that became the stuff of legend. Though they had no full-time coach, big band arranger Lou Perry frequently wrote arrangements for them (a point of principle, explained further in the liner notes, that apparently resulted in some political fallout), and the big band influence can be easily discerned ("Melancholy Baby"). "We Three," co-arranged by Perry and the group themselves, sounds like the early vocal harmony that became doo wop, whereas "Chatanooga Shoe Shine Boy" is a blues/barbershop amalgam that definitely isn't typical (arranger's credit to the Four Rascals, a quartet to whom the Boston Common pay repeated tribute). In general, the group's reverence for barbershop as not merely entertainment but as art radiates throughout.

Songlist: It's A Good Day, If All My Dreams Were Made Of gold, Dancing At The Moving Picture Ball, Little Girl, Imagination, Don't Tell Me The Same Things Over Again, Lida Rose/ Till There Was You, Ten Feet Off The Ground, Sentimental Journey, In The Heart Of The City, There's Something I Like About Broadway, I Wonder What's Become Of Sally, Old Songs Medley, Caroline, There'll Be No New Tunes On This Old Piano, I'm Alone Because I Love You, From The First Hello (To The Last Goodbye), We Kinda Miss The Good Old Songs, What'll I Do, Many Happy Returns Of The Day, So Long Dearie, Am I Wasting My Time, I Don't Know Why, Barbershop Strut, My Melancholy Baby, Good Old Days, Who Told You, We Three, Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, Back In Dad And Mother's Day, and more

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5533c | 2 CDs | $59.98 | A Cappella



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