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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
(1962)
The Bell Telephone Hour
The Bell Telephone Hour Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
(1960-1962)
The Mike Douglas Show
The Mike Douglas Show Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
(1964)

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 1962 The Music Man
School Board
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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)
Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
- 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
- Christmas Celebration (1962) ... Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
- The Music Makers (1960) ... Themselves - Barbershop Quartet
 1959 The Arthur Godfrey Show (TV Movie)
Themselves
 1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
Themselves
- 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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In 1947, an unnamed foursome began singing for community groups in Buffalo, New York. At one such performance, they were introduced as the "Buffalo Bills", and the name stuck. See more »

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