Boston Common (quartet)

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The Boston Common
Years active 1971 – c. 1995
Website Official site
Members Kent Martin – tenor
Rich Knapp – lead
Larry Tully – baritone
Terry Clarke – bass

Boston Common is the Barbershop quartet that won the 1980 SPEBSQSA international competition at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Formed in 1971, they took their name from Boston Common, a well known park. Competing throughout the seventies, they were more popular with audiences than judges. After they finally won silver in 1979, they agreed to compete one last time and took the gold in 1980. A traffic accident in 1982 left lead Rich Knapp unable to continue singing, but the quartet enlisted Tom Spirito of the Four Rascals to substitute.


  • The Boston Common LP
  • In The Heart of the City LP
  • Many Happy Returns LP
  • Smilin' Through LP
  • Collective Works Double CD encompassing the above LPs


Preceded by
Grandma's Boys
Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Champions
Succeeded by
Chicago News