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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