Thoroughbreds

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The Thoroughbreds are a seven-time international champion chorus that is part of the Cardinal District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The Thoroughbreds won the international championship in 1962, 1966, 1969, 1974, 1978, 1981, and in 1984. The chapter has also produced several championship quartets including the Bluegrass Student Union, Interstate Rivals, Second Edition and The Barons.

History

The Louisville #1 Chapter had its beginning in 1945 after local businessman Fritz W. Drybrough invited a number of friends to his home on July 11 to listen to a once-popular style of music, barbershop harmony. The four-part close harmony, a cappella style of singing, had been in vogue from the turn of the century through the 1920s, but with the advancement of the electronic media, the "barbershop style", along with vaudeville, was steadily replaced by the crooners and big band of the swing era.

From that original gathering, and with the help of friend Ed Mall and then Society International President Jerry Beeler from Evansville, the Louisville Barbershop Chorus was conceived with a membership of 33 men under the direction of Burt Harmon and then Bob Ising. Drybrough served as the first president of the chapter. Society co-founder O.C. Cash presented the Louisville #1 Chapter with its charter on June 10, 1946.


Contest Placement

The Thoroughbreds entered and won their first Cardinal District contest in 1958. After finishing eighth in 1959, sixth in 1960, and second in 1961, the chorus won the Society's International Chorus Championship in 1962. That was the beginning of a remarkable run of success. Following the championship in 1962, during the decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the Thoroughbreds competed on the International stage 13 times winning six more championships, finishing second five times and third twice.


International

Ineligible for two years after each gold medal.

1959 1960
8th 6th
1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
3rd 6th 6th 8th 14th 5th 11th
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
15th 19th

District (CAR)

  • 1958: 1st (first time competing)

Recordings

  • All American Harmony - (year)
  • Salute To America - (year)
  • Songs Of Inspiration - (year)

External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Chorus Champions
1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013