Five people in a quartet
By now you may have seen the clever “news” bit about the Dove Brothers on Letterman. Here’s Chuck Peters:
They didn’t actually make an appearance, but the Dove Brothers were mentioned on CBS Television’s The Late Show with David Letterman. During one of the segments on last night’s program,.. Letterman pointed out humorus misprints and awkward advertisements from various “hometown” newspapers. One of the viewer submitted “funnies” was an advertisement for an appearance by the Dove Brothers. The ad featured a photo of the DBQ’s five members, and the name, DOVE BROTHERS QUARTET.. underneath in bold lettering. Letterman found humor in the fact that the “Quartet” consisted of “five” members.
Reader KB writes to ask the obvious question I feel like I’ve heard before can’t really recall where:
WHY IS A FIVE-MAN UNIT CALLED A QUARTET?!
Maybe it was Goff’s book, maybe somewhere else, but I know I’ve read some sg history that clearly demonstrated how the pianist in the group stopped being a bit player or back up musician somewhere along in the early to mid 80s and became or earned an equal position in the group both professionally and in fans’ estimation. Anthony Burger is often cited as the first equal-partner pianist, which may or may not be true but this seems a good place to mark the historical evolution of these things. (If you watch the Cathedral Reunion video, for instance, you’ll see George Younce give mid 70s era Cathedrals painist Haskell Cooley a piano solo mainly, I think, because by the late 90s pianists were considered full members of the groups. But of course back in Haskill’s day, pianists were largely second-string guys who rarely got solos and were usually heard but not so much seen.)
Anyway, I guess it’d be too much to ask that the wider world “get” something this arcane and insiderish, but really … “aren’t those bumpkins oh so bumpkinish” really is only so funny after a while.
Update: Commenter N notes that Leno did this bit half a decade or so ago. So yeah. Enough said. What’s next? “Why do 24-hour convenience stores have locks on the doors?”Email this Post