On April 11, 1938 the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, marking the official celebration of Barbershop Quartet Day. The image of four wearing straw hats singing together with complex harmonies could be considered a cultural cornerstone of the 1940s.

However, Barbershop Quartet is by no means an American invention; the popularity of barbershops in England amongst men during the time of Shakespeare extended as far as in-house entertainment, often taking the form of a lutist providing a melody to which the queuing patrons could harmonize with. This idea and practice became popular in America in the West during the late 1800s, though a banjo was often used instead of a lute.


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There is such sweet peace that fills each soul who stops to listen, to the extent that those melodies of harmony just lift us above the sounds and worries & stresses of mortality! I LOVE that barbershop sound, with their lags, rushes, and swells…. I just melt into happiness! God bless All who strive to unify others through pure musical tones of JOY!

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