New Hope, PA — Phillips Mill Inn
With the Revelers in charge, the site was Phillips Mill, north of New Hope. Returning were the Sextet, Squires, Squares, and the Roaring Twenty, plus two new groups, the Augmented Eight from Washington, and the Spare Parts from Hartford. The Augmented Eight has been a participant in Spring Sing ever since and has brought enthusiasm, humor and a variety of music. The Spare Parts wowed everyone with their close harmony arrangements. In fact, they set a new standard of excellence for Spring Sing and opened our ears to what superb harmony could be. It was the beginning of the end for The Yale Song Book as a major resource for arrangements. Tommy Thomas and Ede astonished us with their yodeling in the courtyard, and Dick Barrett entertained on the guitar. One early guideline, to avoid singing the same song in two Spring Sings, evolved at this time, as did the general agreement not to sing an arrangement introduced by another participating group. 1960 saw “uniforms” being adopted by each singing group; the result of those red jackets, no doubt.
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