Hutchinson Family Singers

Hutchinson Family, 1845 The Hutchinson Family Singers were an American family singing group who became the most popular American entertainers of the 1840s. The group sang in four-part harmony a repertoire of political, social, comic, sentimental and dramatic works, and are considered by many to be the first uniquely American popular music performers. The group formed in the wake of a string of successful tours by Austrian singing groups such as the Tyrolese Minstrels and when American newspapers were demanding the cultivation of native talent. John Hutchinson orchestrated the group's formation with his brothers Asa, Jesse, and Judson Hutchinson in 1840; the Hutchinsons (11 sons, two daughters) gave their first performance on November 6 of that same year. The popularization of group singing in America arguably began with them. Jesse Hutchinson quit the main group to write songs and manage their affairs; he was replaced by sister Abby Hutchinson.

The Hutchinsons were a hit with both audiences and critics, and they toured the United States. They popularized four-part close harmony. The group's material included controversial material promoting abolitionism, workers' rights, temperance, and women's rights, all stances popularized by the Second Great Awakening. Provided by Wikipedia
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by Russell, Henry, 1812-1900.
Published 1875
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Book
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Published 1847
Other Authors: '; ...Hutchinson, Jesse, 1813-1853....
Musical Score Book
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by Hutchinson, J. J. 1817-1859.
Published 1848
Other Authors: '; ...Hutchinson, Jesse, 1813-1853....
Musical Score Book