Citations

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The Citations were a men's barbershop quartet, popular in the 1970s.

Quartet Members

  • Tenor: Bob Netherton
  • Lead: Jim Miller
  • Bari: Ken Buckner
  • Bass: Robert Burnett (66-68), Bill Myers (72)

History

The Citations were an outstanding show quartet in the 1960s and 1970s. While their contest placement never reflected their showmanship, singing quality or championship attitude, they were a very popular quartet throughout their singing career. All 4 members were directors of the Thoroughbred Chorus who won 7 international championships from 1962 until 1984.

The quartet played a huge role in teaching the chorus singing craft and performance quality. They were the role models for quartets that came after them from the Thoroughbred chorus such as The Bluegrass Student Union (1978 international champs), the Interstate Rivals (1987 international champs), the Second Edition (1989 international champs) and the Harrington Brothers (two time international top 5 medalists). The Interstate Rivals members had a direct relationship to the Citations as the tenor Kipp Buckner was Ken Buckner's son and bass Jay Hawkins was Jim Miller's son in law.

Their bass Bill Myers moved to California from their home in Louisville, KY and formed a quartet called Revival who won the international contest in 1997. Bill also sang in the gold medal chorus the Masters of Harmony.

The Citations flew to Viet Nam and sang a USO tour in 1972. Their most requested song while on the USO tour was their version of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World. It is even speculated that consultants for the movie Good Morning Viet Nam starring Robin Williams explained the impact that song (and the Citations) had on the men and that is why it was featured in the film. Since that time, many quartets have sung their version of the song including the Interstate Rivals (1987 international champs) and OC Times (2007 international champs).

Sadly, the Citations lost Bob Netherton (tenor) and Jim Miller (lead). Ken Buckner (baritone) lives in the Villages in Florida and Bill Myers (bass) is still in California.

The Citations were a very special quartet indeed. Being direct influences on soon-to-be international champions and in turn many future champions. They had a direct impact on the barbershop world and have a warm place in many barbershoppers hearts spanning the globe.

Contest Placement

International

1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
29th 18th 15th 11th 9th
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
11th 7th 12th 17th 12th 27th

District (CAR)


Recordings

  • An Evening to Remember - (1970)
  • They're Off And Singing - (1972)

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