Harmony guitars, although they were mainly marketed to beginners, also built some guitars to attract professional players. Note that all Harmony guitars these were mass produced. Inexpensive rock and roll machines.
Harmony produced so many different models under various brand names. Harmony Broadway and Harmony Sovereign Patrician. The lower end models were usually made of birch and have the binding painted on. Instead of inlaid fret markers, the markers were merely painted in the appropriate places. The tailpieces on some of the lower end models were made of pressed metal. Some have the tailpieces or pick guards screwed into the wood. The necks on many of the Harmony guitars did not have adjustable truss rods.
Old DeArmond single-coil pickups gracing the solids and Rocket thin lines which can sound great into a cranked up amp. The pickups on almost all Harmony electric guitars and basses were manufactured by Rowe Industries Inc. Many of the instrument amplifiers badged with the Harmony name were manufactured by Sound Projects Company of Cicero, Illinois. The Harmony solid body electrics in the late s and early s were mainly aimed at the beginner market with names such as Stratotone and BobKat models.
The better instruments were the thin line hollow body electric guitars such as the Harmony Rocket or H Some models even had up to three DeArmond pickups each with individual volume and tone controls. Harmony guitars generally did not have the quality of Gretsch and Gibson. For the money these were quite nice instrument and have their own unique sound due to the way they were build and the pickups they used.
Have to love the tone of a gold-foil pickup. Interesting fact is that when Fender was trying to break into the acoustic guitar market, the first guitar line they offered in their catalog was actually made by Harmony with the Fender brand on the head stock. The late s and early s were not good times for U. None of the American guitar makers were doing well in this period and it soon spelled the end for USA Harmony guitars.
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This is a very engaging group and this CD is a great addition to any a cappella lover's collection. Auto Towners : Auto Towners Review: This is one snazzy quartet - the Auto Towners had definitely calculated the entertainment quotient, and one look at them in their costumes on the back cover will tell you that; their win at the Chicago Convention made quite an impression!
Though they only continued quartetting until '69, songs such as "My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose" with a solo by Clint Bostick, baritone and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" evoke all of the romance and nostalgia of this classic American form, and are impossible to resist. Truly awesome versions of "I Wish You Love," "Dancing On The Ceiling" and "Through The Years" show that the Auto Towners actual forte were tender, achingly lovely ballads - the harmonic resonance of these four voices would stop traffic!
Barbershop Harmony Society : Top Quartets Review: Similar to fine wine each year at the Barbershop Society is like a harvest of the season's best. And was a particularly good vintage with gold going to Old School, silver to the Musical Island Boys and bronze to Masterpiece.
Lots of wonderful harmony here. Songlist: Ma! Showing how this wonderful musical form is spreading across the world this year both the gold winners Ringmasters - Germany and silver Musical Island Boys New Zealand were from overseas. Bronze went to A Mighty Wind. Bluegrass Student Union : Legacy 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.
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. Listen to What'll I Do? Boston Common : Collective Works Review: This beautifully packaged double CD truly conveys the Boston Common aesthetic, which earned them not only the 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".
In general, the group's reverence for barbershop as not merely entertainment but as art radiates throughout. 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.
Significant credit for this must be given to the arrangements of Walter Latzko, who began an eight-album association with the quartet in ; his impact on barbershop singing in general can hardly be overstated.
The Buffalo Bills were International Champions in and are well remembered today for their appearance as a barbershop quartet in the movie 'The Music Man. The Chordettes were a Wisconsin group who shifted their focus from folk music to close harmony in the late '40s. From The Chordettes had thirteen songs on the top hundred charts including the hit "Mr. Chiefs Of Staff : Memories Review: winners from Illinois, who have a solidly vertical approach and fold some adult contemporary pop into their mix.
While we have no specific knowledge that they were an influence, we detect similarities to Dealer's Choice in terms of overall sound and style. Their tone has a suffused brightness, but is never strident. Ornamentation and solo passages add texture "Memory" is particularly noteworthy , crescendos "I've Gotta Be Me" when used, add impact.
Chiefs Of Staff : Solid Gold Review: There's a nice close-up photo of one of the gold medals won in by this quartet from Des Plaines, IL on the back of "Solid Gold," and it's a beautiful thing-an apt match for the beauty of the performance that it takes to win one of them!
There's also some great pix of the guys in Irish green outfits, in WWI military uniforms and in a nice group picture. Chordiac Arrest : Live and Well! Instead of the one night stand they expected, they qualified for the International, made both cuts, placed ninth and even got a standing ovation! This live album is such great schtick and the gags so funny that the quality of singing is too easily taken for granted. It is also true it's great to share the laughter with a most appreciative audience.
Typical of the gags are "Nothin' Could Be Finah'" It's amazing how many of their original jokes you will have heard in the world of medicine without ever knowing from whence they came. All orders ship fast from the Amazon warehouse with tracking number.
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