Second Edition

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The Second Edition

The Second Edition is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1989 International Quartet Champion.

Quartet Members

Winning Members

  • Tenor: Fred Farrell
  • Lead: David Harrington
  • Bari: Doug Harrington
  • Bass: Jamie Meyer

Other Members

  • Tenor: Allen Hatton

Contest Placement


1987 1988 1989
2nd 2nd 1st


Represented the Cardinal District.


Extended History

Second Edition (of Louisville, Kentucky) won the 1989 International Competition held in Kansas City. They had been singing together since 1986 and one of the youngest quartets to win with the oldest only 25.

The Second Edition can actually be considered a second version of The Harrington Brothers (David, Doug, Jamie Meyer and Allen Hatton of the 1978 champions Bluegrass Student Union). After they disbanded, David, Doug and Jamie found tenor Fred Farrell in December of 1986.

Second Edition placed second in their first Int’l at Hartford ‘87 and repeated as silver medalist in 1988 in San Antonio.

David started singing barbershop at age 11 encouraged by his mother Lois and grandmother Lee.

Doug was the youngest of the Harrington Brothers (w/Mike, Jeff and David) and grew up singing on stage. They were members of the Columbus Ohio Singing Buckeyes and joined when Doug was only 10 years old. In 1984 the Harringtons were the youngest quartet to win a medal at Int’l.

In middle school, Jamie formed his first quartet called the Derby City Four. They sang for a Louisville Thoroughbreds rehearsal and were very well received and encouraged. He joined them in 1982. He also sang with the Men of Accord and Class of ’84 quartets.

Fred began in Iowa with the Happiness Express Chorus of the Denison, IA chapter thanks to his dad, Don (founder and director) and his mother, Katie, Sweet Adeline, arranger and songwriter. There Fred sang in a quartet named The Iowa Supreme Chord. After a move to Chicago and joining the West Town Chapter he joined a pick-up quartet with Ken Jordahl (Four Henchmen), Warren "Buzz" Haeger (Four Renegades) and Dick Kingdon (Chiefs of Staff). They placed second at the Illinois District fall contest almost winning the championship.

Second Edition traveled extensively appearing on shows in 30 states as well as England, Scandinavia and New Zealand. They were often booked on shows with their Sweet Adeline counterparts, the 1989 champion, Growing Girls, of Sweden. This spawned some successful relationships professionally and personally. As it turned out the bass of Second Edition (Jamie) married the bass of Growing Girls (Naima) and the baritone of Second Edition (Doug) married to the lead of Growing Girls (Suzanne). Both couples now live in Sweden.

SE produced only one LP entitled Second Edition I. It is a ground breaking recording and reflective of the monster talent of these four young men. The quartet didn’t stay together long after winning without making a second recording. They retired in the mid 90s.

All SE members are still active in barbershopping. David sang in other quartets like A Few Good Men and continues to arrange music for quartets and choruses. Fred has returned recently to sing with Crossroads that includes three other past champs, Mike Slamka, lead - Brandon Guyton, bari - Jim Henry, bass). They placed 2nd in 2008 and won the International Quartet Championship in 2009.

Doug coaches various top music groups around the world such as The Real Group and Vocal Six. He is also the director and founder of a new chorus called zero8 with several talented, young and energetic singers in Stockholm, Sweden. They qualified for the 2009 International Chorus contest to be held in Anaheim, California. Also now singing with zero8 is a tried and true bass named Jamie Meyer.

External Links

Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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