History of Harmony - Chicago a cappella

History of Harmony

Program Notes

Program List

Listen to the Music

Doobie Brothers (1972)

by Tom Johnston, arr. Deke Sharon

Early 20th Century Roots:

Goodbye My Coney Island Baby / We All Fall

by Les Appleton / George Goodwin and George Meyer (1924)

Whiffenpoof Song

Yale Whiffenpoofs (1909)

by Tod B. Galloway, Meade Minnigerode, George S. Pomeroy

Mein Kleiner Gruner Kaktus

Comedian Harmonists (1934)

by Bert Reisfeld and Rolf Marbot, arr. Harry Frommermann (adapted by Paul Langford)

Wimoweh (Mbube)

Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds (1939)

by Solomon Linda (additional words and music by Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, and Pete Seeger)


The Object of My Affection

Boswell Sisters (1935)

by Jimmie Grier, Pinky Tomlin, and H. Coy Poe; arr. Patrick Sinozich

Paper Doll

Mills Brothers (1943)

by Johnny S. Black, arr. Sinozich

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Andrews Sisters (1941)

by Don Ray and Hughie Prince, arr. Sinozich


Earth Angel

The Penguins (1954)

by Curtis Williams, Jesse Belvin Gaynel Hodge, arr. Paul Langford

Mr. Sandmann

The Chordettes (1954)

by Pat Ballard, arr. Langford


The Chords / Crew Cuts (1954)

by James Keyes, Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster, Floyd F. McRae, and William Edwards, arr. Langford


The Moonglows / McGuire Sisters (1954)

by Harvey Fuqua and Alan Freed, arr. Langford

I Only Have Eyes For You

The Flamingos (1959)

by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, arr. Langford

Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

Four Aces (1955)

by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, arr. Langford


Oh Happy Day

Edwin Hawkins Singers (1968)

by Edwin Hawkins, arr. Sinozich




Reach Out I’ll Be There

Four Tops (1966)

by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Hawkins, arr. Langford

My Girl

The Temptations (1964)

by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, arr. Langford

Baby Love

The Supremes (1964)

by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland, arr. Sinozich

Be My Baby

The Ronettes (1963)

by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector, arr. Langford

Please Mr. Postman

The Marvelettes (1961)

by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland and Robert Bateman, arr. Sinozich

Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys (1966)

by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, arr. Sinozich

1970s Hooks

Various, arr. Deke Sharon

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Manhattan Transfer (1981)

by Manning Sherwin & Eric Maschwitz, arr. Gene Puerling


Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1986)

by Joseph Shabalala and Paul Simon, arr. Jonathan Miller

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Bobby McFerrin (1988)

by Bobby McFerrin, arr. Kirby Shaw

1990s: Girl Groups & Boy Bands

Various, arr. Deke Sharon

Pitch Perfect Finale (2012)

Various, arr. Deke Sharon

Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen (1975)

Freddie Mercury, arr. Hoss Brock and Brian Streem

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