The Stanford Fleet Street Singers, or simply "Fleet Street," was founded in 1981 with barbershop roots. The group is known for performing an incredible number of songs entirely written by members of the group. Most songs are funny. Really funny, that is. And in case the songs aren't funny, Fleet Street strives to create a multimedia experience for audiences with original sketch comedy and short films during its shows.
Examining our repertoire, you will find an arsenal the size of Nebraska of jazz classics and sentimental serenades across our 13 published albums. Only one song of the 13 albums is a song that we didn't write or arrange ourselves, and we only sing it around Christmas time. We pioneered the production of the first major college a cappella album comprised entirely of songs written by the performing group in 2004.
Fleet Street is rooted in the Stanford tradition: bedecked in cardinal-red bowties and socks, we remain the only group on campus devoted to the preservation of Stanford's rich history of music. In fact, the university recently tapped Fleet Street to be its musical ambassadors and to an entire album of classic fight songs in honor of Stanford's centennial.
Nevertheless, this rowdy bunch perpetuates a legacy of expanding what college a cappella means because Fleet Street is certainly not afraid of, as the kids say, "doing their own thang."
In 2018, Fleet Street was invited twice to perform on National Public Radio
In 2010, Fleet Street was invited to New York to participate in the second round of America's Got Talent
In 2004, Fleet Street released the first college a cappella album consisting entirely of all-original songs - Deke Sharon, considered the father of modern a cappella, called the album "the most important a cappella album to be released in a decade"
In 1996, world champion figure skater Rudy Galindo performed a routine to Fleet Street's original arrangement of "Ave Maria" at the World Figure Skating Championship
In 1996, This saw the group invited to perform at the championship finals at David Geffen Hall (Avery Fisher Hall at the time) in New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
In the '80s, Stanford University hired Fleet Street to tour the nation and perform for alumni