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Updated: 03/20/2014 08:00:00AM

‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’

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Chris Owens, kneeling, leads the Suncoast Statesmen barbershop chorus as its interim director.

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The picture in my mind of barbershop quartets was always of the school board in “The Music Man.”

The members can’t stand one another and constantly squabble — until Professor Harold Hill teaches them to sing as a barbershop quartet. Once they’ve learned the four-part harmony of lead, tenor, bass and baritone, they become inseparable, walking around River City belting out ringing-chord tunes, one after the other.

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