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The Four Freshmen is an American male vocal quartet that blends open-harmonic jazz arrangements with the big band vocal group sounds of The ModernairesThe Pied Pipersand The Mel-Tonesfounded in the barbershop tradition. The Four Freshmen is considered a vocal band because the singers accompany themselves on guitar, horns, bass, and drums, among other instrumental configurations. The group was founded in in Indiana and reached its peak popularity in the mids.
The last original member retired in but the group stills tours internationally and has recorded jazz harmonies since its late s founding in the halls of the Jordan School of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis.
The quartet soon adopted a more jazz -oriented repertoire and renamed itself the Toppers. In Well Be Together Again - The Four Freshmen - Easy Street the quartet went on the road as the Four Freshmen, and soon drew the admiration of jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman.
He "had been told at his own show earlier that night about a quartet in town that sounded like his piece ensemble",  and was sufficiently impressed that he arranged for an audition with his label, Capitol Recordswhich signed them later that year. B's Blues", and appeared in their first and only film, Rich, Young and Pretty.
Later in the year Capitol rejected their proposed next single, " It's a Blue World ", and dropped them from the label. In May of the following year, a furious Stan Kenton demanded that the record company send them the demo tapes so that they could promote the song themselves. Capitol re-signed the group in July of the same year. InHal Kratzsch, tired of touring, asked the group to replace him, and they selected Ken Errair.
Inthe Freshmen recorded their first album, Voices in Modern ; " Mood Indigo ", a single from this album, charted. After only a short time with the group, Ken Errair left the band to get married, and was replaced by Ken Albers. The group eventually lost their mainstream following with the advent of the rock bands of the s, even as one of those bands, the Beach Boys, cited the Four Freshmen as one of their main influences.
The group did not disband after the last original member, Bob Flanigan, retired in After his retirement, Flanigan managed the group. He died on May 15, at the age of 84 from congestive heart failure.
Ross Barbour died on August 20, from cancer at the age of The Four Freshmen have had many different members. Bob Ferreira joined the legacy of the Four Freshmen in with Curtis Calderon becoming part in Stein Well Be Together Again - The Four Freshmen - Easy Street contributions began in Tommy Boynton took over the lead voice in and the band welcomed Jon Gaines in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians says that "The group represented a modernizing force in the sphere of close harmony quartets in American popular music, moving away from the barbershop style to introduce elements of jazz.
In doing so, they influenced younger groups such as the Hi-Los and the Beach Boys. The Oxford Companion to Popular Music says, "They sing with great variety, in quiet unison Well Be Together Again - The Four Freshmen - Easy Street full-throated harmony, using modern jazz harmonies and varied dynamics, a considerable advance on the typical close-harmony quartets that had preceded them.
The Four Freshmen were an important influence on Brian Wilsonbeginning in the mids. He listened to one of their albums, The Four Freshmen and the Five Trombonesand it "mesmerized" him. He spoke very highly of it: "'It brings a feeling of love inside me That feeling of harmony.
The Donald Fagen song "Maxine", from his 50s-themed album The Nightflyin which Fagen accompanies himself on four-part harmonies, has been described as inspired by the Four Freshmen. They have also won Down Beat magazine's Readers Poll for Best Vocal Group in and From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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