I just had to put up More Strait No Chaser!


Straight No Chaser (SNC) is the name of two related but separate a cappella men’s singing groups. The Indiana University amateur college group now known as “Indiana University’s Straight No Chaser” is composed of 10 to 12 undergraduate men whose lineup changes every year. The professional group, known simply as Straight No Chaser, is composed of former members, mostly original members, of the college group. In 2006, a 1998 video of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” went viral and subsequently led to a five-album record deal with Atlantic Records in 2008. The YouTube video has been viewed by more than 12 million people, including the chairman and president of Atlantic Records, Craig Kallman, who arranged the five-album recording deal. [1]
The collegiate group was formed in 1996 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Together the 10 students — Dan Ponce (the founder), Randy Stine, Charlie Mechling, Steve Morgan, Jerome Collins, Dave Roberts, Walter Chase, Mike Itkoff, Patrick Hachey, and Kevin Caroll, became Straight No Chaser. Their name was inspired by the title track of Thelonious Monk’s 1967 album, Straight No Chaser, and is a conscious evocation of the popular American slang phrase often employed in the requesting of a drink.

SNC’s debut was at a 36-hour dance marathon.[2] The original members performed at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park and Navy Pier, opened for Lou Rawls and even toured the country, playing such venues as Carnegie Hall.[1] The original 10 remained together from 1996 until 1999 when new students were selected to replace the graduating members. As of 2010, approximately 60 students have been members of Straight No Chaser.[2]

7 Comments on “I just had to put up More Strait No Chaser!

  1. That was terrific Mike. I'd not heard this one before. Excellent. Such talent every single one of these groups have.Have a terrific day. Big hug. 🙂

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