The New Tradition

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The New Tradition

The New Tradition is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1985 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: John Sherburn
  • Lead: Dan Jordan
  • Bari: Bob Gray, Jr.
  • Bass: John Miller


Contest Placement

International

1984 1985
7th 1st

District (FWD)

1984
1st

Recordings

  • Clowning Around
  • TNT Dynamite
  • Magical History Tour (Sgt. Pepler's Homely Tarts Pub Band) Double CD Set


Extended History

The New Tradition - perhaps better known to thousands of barbershoppers as the Marx Brothers' clones - won the gold in 1985. All are experienced international competitors and medalists: tenor John Sherburn (Zeppo in their famous impersonation), lead Dan Jordan (Chico), bari Bob Gray Jr. (Harpo), and bass John Miller (Groucho).

The quartet is in a sense a spin-off of The Grand Tradition, international bronze medalists in 1980, '82, and '83, of which Dan and Bob were members.

John Miller had won the gold in 1979 as bass of Grandma's Boys, and John Sherburn sang with the Crown City Good Time Music Co. , five time semi-finalists, and the Dapper Dans of Disneyland, among other quartets.

Although the Marx Brothers routine is their best known, the always-entertaining foursome has appeared as leading characters of Star Trek, and as Charlie Chaplin, W. C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy, and other roles.

The quartet semi-retired in 1989, when Sherburn replaced Larry Wright in the summer of 1988 as lead of the 139th Street Quartet. Bobby Gray went on to sing with the popular and 5th place medalist in 2004, Saturday Evening Post / SEP. They also won the Seniors gold in 2015. Dan Jordan replaced Sherburn as lead of 139th Street in the summer of 1991 and sang with the quartet through Nov of 2010, grabbing a 4th place medal in 1992. Jordan went on to form the popular show foursome, The Perfect Gentlemen in 1998, and remained with them thru Nov of 2012. They were awarded the Harmony Sweepstakes Natl A Cappella championship in 2002.

TNT celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2010 in Philadelphia. 2020 marks their 35th Anniversary in Los Angeles at the Intl convention.

External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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