Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA plays home to the venerable Poor Richards. They are the oldest – and only – co-ed a cappella group on campus. And old they are – the Poor Richards are presently in their 45th year of existence, a true milestone for any ensemble.
To mark the occasion, the group has released “The Porch Diaries,” a 15-song anthology of their greatest hits. And now you can own it for yourself through digital download!
The album spans the entire length of the group’s existence, with songs such as “House of the Rising Sun” (in the style of The Animals), “Two Points for Honesty” by Guster, “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” by The Four Seasons and “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles showing off just some of the songs performed by the group throughout its extensive history. And all of it is absolutely fantastic, varied repertoire combined with solid performances that add up to much more than merely a yearbook album.
The Poor Richards are, according to their website, named after Ben Franklin’s famed tome, “The Poor Richard’s Almanack,” playing to the pseudonyms Poor Richard and Richard Saunders, both of which were frequently used by Franklin when writing his Almanacks. The term Almanack is also adopted by the group for their annual spring shows. The group was founded in 1967 as an all-male ensemble serving as a humor-centric offshoot from the school’s Glee Club. Over the years, the group widened its repertoire considerably and added some sirens to the mix – and have never looked back from either decision.
Take a trip down memory lane with the Poor Richards, and pick up “The Porch Diaries” on iTunes today!