Jackie Harrison, Bass of the 1979 Queens of Harmony, The Hallmarks, passed away this morning.
Jackie’s daughter, Jill Harrison Cox, writes “Friends, I am sad to report that my mother, Jackie Harrison, passed away peacefully this morning. Thanks to all for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes during these last several weeks. She had one heckuva run.”
Liz Robertson, Lead of the Hallmarks: “My good friend, Jackie Harrison, died this morning after complications from bladder surgery. My heart is broken. The best bass singer and a true southern lady. She was closer to me than my own sisters. I have endless good memories of our singing together. Rest in peace.
The Hallmarks registered as a Sweet Adelines quartet in January of 1975, won their regional contest in May of that year, and started up the ladder of success in international competition, but hardly at the bottom rung. The quartet placed in the top five in the next four international contests, ranking second in 1977 and ’78.
Their crowning performance came in 1979 as they competed against 46 other quartets for the championship, wearing dresses fashioned by Liz from curtains and bed sheets ordered from the Sears catalog.
During their years as competitors The Hallmarks maintained a busy performance schedule across the U.S. and Canada. In 1975 the quartet was featured in a PBS educational film, and the following year participated in a two-week concert tour of Poland.
Some photos of the Hallmarks: