The Tin Can Quartet was a close-harmony quartet that was part of the Virginia Glee Club in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Little information is available about the Tin Can Quartet, but it appears that they played a role much like the Virginia Gentlemen, performing more popular repertoire for formal and informal occasions.
The Glee Club had a performing quartet as early as 1920, though it was unnamed.
Known activities of the Tin Can Quartet included a radio recording; participation in the Glee Club's 1940 radio broadcast; and performances at UVa functions including the 1941 Varsity Football Banquet.
Members[edit | edit source]
- 1934-1935: Vincent Tramonte, Guy Hope, Rial Rose, Winston Hope
- 1940-1941: Edward N. Cheek, Lawrence Snoddy, Joe Tucker, Edward Berry; also Lawrence Snoddy, Charles Butterworth, Edward Berry, Joe Tucker (May 1941)
Repertoire[edit | edit source]
The repertoire of the Quartet was initially songs of the "Gay Nineties" including "Don't Swat Your Mother," "The Curse of an Aching Heart", "She's More to Be Pitied Than Censored," "The Bicycle Built for Two," By 1943 the repertoire had broadened to include madrigals.
A recording of the Tin Can Quartet from the 1930s is in the Special Collections of the University of Virginia.
This article has more context at Jarrett House North, the blog of the historian of the Virginia Glee Club Alumni and Friends Association.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Glee Club Quartet to Feature Virginia Union Program for Tonight". College Topics: p. 1. 1920-01-24. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5w0tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KX8EAAAAIBAJ&dq=glee-club&pg=3416%2C175956.
- "Glee Club Leaves Tomorrow Morning for New York Broadcast, Concert". College Topics: p. 1. 1940-02-28. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6AstAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JWkEAAAAIBAJ&dq=tin-can-quartet&pg=5833%2C3533969.
- Smith, Jr., Bond (1941-12-03). "Sports Mortem". College Topics: p. 1. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VQ4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AWkEAAAAIBAJ&dq=tin-can-quartet&pg=6692%2C412387.
- "Glee Club Plans Woodberry Trip". College Topics: p. 1. 1940-11-13. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9gstAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JWkEAAAAIBAJ&dq=tin-can-quartet&pg=4911%2C5050093.
- "Virginia to Honor Gridders Tonight". College Topics: p. 3. 1941-12-01. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VQ4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AWkEAAAAIBAJ&dq=tin-can-quartet&pg=6113%2C381862.
- "Butterworth Honored by Jabberwock". College Topics: p. 1. 1943-05-24. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PQ4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AWkEAAAAIBAJ&dq=tin-can-quartet&pg=5885%2C3159887.
- "Recordings of the Tin Can Quartet, 2 Records". Special Collections, University of Virginia Library. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u3926930. Retrieved 2017-02-12.