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In 1947, baritone Hershel Smith, a corporate executive, and lead singer Al Shea, a policeman, got together at Smith's home in Buffalo New York with the idea of forming a barbershop quartet. Tenor Vern Reed, an executive for a boys' club, and bass Bill Spangenberg, a truck driver for a steel company were added. The quartet competed at various ... See full bio »

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The Music Man
The Music Man School Board
The Arthur Godfrey Show
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 1962 The Music Man
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 1962 The Music Man (performer: "Sincere" (1957) (uncredited), "Lida Rose" (1957) (uncredited), "Will I Ever Tell You" (1957) (uncredited), "Pick a Little, Talk a Little" (1957) (uncredited), "Goodnight, Ladies")
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 1964 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
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- Episode #3.153 (1964) ... Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
- Episode #3.143 (1964) ... Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
 1960-1962 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series)
Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
- Episode #5.4 (1962) ... Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
- The Music Makers (1960) ... Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
 1959 The Arthur Godfrey Show (TV Movie)
 1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
- Episode #11.10 (1958) ... Themselves

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The Buffalo Bills left a legacy that will probably never be equaled in barbershop singing: 1,510 Broadway performances, 728 concerts, 675 radio performances, 672 nightclub and hotel appearances, 216 TV appearances, and a major motion picture.

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The group went through many personnel changes over the years. The quartet, featured in both the original Broadway stage run and the movie The Music Man (1962), consisted of Al Shea, Vern Reed, Wayne Ward (aka Wayne "Scotty" Ward) and Bill Spangenberg. See more »

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