Earlier this week John Erickson passed away, following several years of battling cancer. It was on the very next day following a celebration of his 70th birthday with family and friends, that saw John up singing with one of his many quartets, including one of his favorite songs "I'm gonna live till I die". John certainly did that, and how lucky he was to be there among folks who loved him, enjoying performing to the last.
John is best known nationwide from his time in Chicago, where he sang tenor with two District Champ quartets - Chords Unlimited and Benchmarks - both of which competed at International in the top 20 (finishing as high as 12th place) and did tons of shows around the country. Chords Unlimited did 493 shows, including tours of Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England and Spain--six years running. John had been in four quartets in Omaha and St. Louis before moving to Illinois in the early 70s, and in many FWD quartets after then moving to Arizona, including one with guys from the Western Continentals.
John was also an accomplished chorus director, with chapters in Paradise Valley (AZ), Aurora (IL), and St. Louis. He was a 45 year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA). At the time of his passing John was a member of the Greater Phoenix Chapter and Spirit of Phoenix Chorus (formerly the Phoenicians).
Donations can be made in John's name to Harmony Foundation and directed toward Youth in Harmony. Services for John will be at: Hansen�s Funeral Home 6500 E. Bell RoadScottsdale, AZ 852546:30 PM ServiceThursday, 5/31 Bill KanePhoenix
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