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Fred

Fred

Born in 1908 in Kankakee, Illinois, Fred was named after his father, Fred. Despite his early love of music, he would soon become internationally adored as a star of both the small and silver screens as well as the visual inspiration for one of America's most cherished comic book icons. In fact... oops. Wrong Fred. Sorry.

Fred (the barbershop quartet, not that other guy) was formed in 1991 when four members of Marietta, Georgia's Big Chicken Chorus decided that they were better without all the extra dead weight. Many audiences and professional coaches would argue that were probably wrong.

Seeking a name for the newly formed quartet, the four plucky members spent an hour discussing possibilities before they all became too tired and disgusted with one another to continue. Fed up with all the great possibilities, they compromised on the name "Fred," thereby proving Andrew Carnegie's maxim that "strong men don't compromise."

Despite having performed for less than a year as a quartet, with members who had never previously sung their parts before in any previous barbershop quartet, Fred won their very first district competition, the 1991 Dixie District Quartet Championship. Whether this is because of Fred's unique sense of humor, readily-apparent team chemistry, or a terribly weak field is still the cause of much great debate.

Despite this early feat, it would be nearly a decade before Fred could duplicate their success against real competition on an international level, finally winning the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) Barbershop Quartet Gold Medal at the 1999 International Convention in Anaheim, California. Shortly thereafter, SPEBSQSA, Inc. changed its name to the Barbershop Harmony Society, no doubt out of embarassment.

Meanwhile, Fred worked hard to win over fans through live and recorded performances alike, with appearances on such wide ranging television programming from PBS's "Can't Stop Singing," a reverent review of barbershop harmony, to FX's "Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular," where they sang their unique barbershop take on Eric Clapton's "Cocaine." Following years of dedication to their craft, Fred achieved the greatest dream known to all performing acts: they sold out. Fred happily performs in commercials for southeastern automotive chain Kauffmann Tire. (Unexpectedly, it turns out that success smells a lot like fresh rubber.)

Never ones to rest on their laurels, Fred has spanned the globe, entertaining unsuspecting audiences with their unique blend of harmony and humor. Now nearing two decades of performing, Fred has threatened to continue to perform until their voices give out.

Discography

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Fred : FreDinci Code

Review: Barbershop Comedy specialists and 1999 SPEBSQSA International Quartet champs Fred have 3 excellent CDs and one DVD under their belts, and "The FreDinci Code" is another winner! Cool graphics on the liner notes include the boys as "Claytino," "Joseppi," "Regetonni" and "Stupido" Fredinci, and have them performing in togas before an amazed, heavily Photoshopped version of DaVinci's "Last Supper." The "FreDinci Code," or songlist, includes 11 straight, or altered, tunes, "Zippitty DooDah," "Me and My Shadow," "What a Wonderful World," "Little Brown Jug," the totally silly Italian lesson "Amore," and "I Gotta Be E," the manic "Can Can," "Sweet Embraceable You," the crazed impersonations of "Fred Vegas Medley" and "Where Did the Time Go." Where indeed? The FreDinci Code needs to be listened to carefully again and again to pick up the jokes, or clues as the case may be. Good, funny stuff.

Songlist: Zippitty DooDah, Me And My Shadow, What A Wonderful World, Little Brown Jug, Amazing Grace, Amore, I Gotta Be E, Can Can, Sweet Embraceable You, Fred Vegas Medley, Where Did The Time Go

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5718c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A CappellaMens Barbershop Quartets CDs


Fred : Putting The HA In HArmony

Review: These four gentlemen from Georgia, known otherwise as the "Clown Princes" of barbershop, have once again captured the hearts and funny bones of entertainment lovers everywhere with their newest collection of songs. "Putting the Ha in HArmony" is a double length recording, containing over 20 of Fred's most memorable live performances. The recording chronicles the past ten years of contests and shows, climaxing with their winning the SPEBSQSA's international quartet championship. It is crammed full of brilliant parodies, impeccable timing and pure blended harmonies. These songs are not available on any other recording. It is the ultimate Fredology.

Songlist: Keep Your Eye On The Girlie You Love, Someone Stole My Gal, Ballin' The Jack, Harmony Lanes / Bowling Shoes, Four Girl Medley, I Wish That We Could Someday Make Top Ten, Love's All Sweet Song, I've Got Rhythm, Fit As A Fiddle, You Are My Sunshine, Sweet Adeline, AIC Parody, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, The Meaning of FRED, All By Myself, Top Ten Parody, Name The Champs, We'd Like To Trade Our Silver, Connelly's Back In Town, Nincompoopie, If You can't Tell The World She's a Good Little Girl, Judge's Parody, Who'll Take Fourth Place?

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5961c | 00 1 CD | $29.95 | A CappellaMens Barbershop Quartets CDs


Fred : Putting the Ha in HArmony

Review: These four gentlemen from Georgia, known otherwise as the "Clown Princes" of barbershop, have once again captured the hearts and funny bones of entertainment lovers everywhere with their newest collection of songs. "Putting the Ha in HArmony" is a double length recording, containing over 20 of Fred's most memorable live performances. The recording chronicles the past ten years of contests and shows, climaxing with their winning the SPEBSQSA's international quartet championship. It is crammed full of brilliant parodies, impeccable timing and pure blended harmonies. These songs are not available on any other recording. It is the ultimate Fredology.

Songlist: Keep Your Eye On The Girlie You Love, Someone Stole My Gal, Ballin' The Jack, Harmony Lanes / Bowling Shoes, Four Girl Medley, I Wish That We Could Someday Make Top Ten, Love's All Sweet Song, I've Got Rhythm, Fit As A Fiddle, You Are My Sunshine, Sweet Adeline, AIC Parody, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, The Meaning of FRED, All By Myself, Top Ten Parody, Name The Champs, We'd Like To Trade Our Silver, Connelly's Back In Town, Nincompoopie, If You can't Tell The World She's a Good Little Girl, Judge's Parody, Who'll Take Fourth Place?

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5413d | DVD | $29.98 | A CappellaBarbershop DVDs


Fred : Get Happy

Review: They're Back! Get the wimmin and chillun off the streets. Gather them by the old CD player and enjoy! They alternate between simply beautiful songs and humor which frequently takes one by surprise because the singing is so good just before they go off the deep end. There are a couple of updated old Smothers Brothers gags, "Streets of Laredo" and "I Never Will Marry." There are a couple of wacky intros to otherwise wonderful songs. They spooflicate Steven Foster unmercifully in an verbal introduction and then sing a beautiful "Old Folks At Home." A melodic "I Don't Know Why" starts so beautifully and then...the vocal horns...

Songlist: I've Got Rhythm , Just the Way YouLook Tonight, Streets of Laredo, Muskrat Ramble, Ya Gotta Know How to Dance Medley, Love's Old Sweet Song, I Never Will Marry, I Can't GiveYou Anything But Love/ LOVE Medley, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Old Folks at Home, Please Kind Sir, I Don't Know Why, Jungle Book Medley, Get Happy

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5228c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A CappellaMens Barbershop Quartets CDs


Fred : Simply Fred

Review: Just how good do you have to be before you can be a barbershop comedy group? Really, really, good! Winning medalists at the International Finals in 1996 (fourth place), 1997 (second place) and 1998 (fourth place again) are some of their triumphs but their greatest triumph will be the pure enjoyment you will have each time you hear this cross between wonderful singers and class clowns! For pure goofiness try "Herman and Sally," Harmony Lanes/Bowling Shoes," "Big Time Gutter Ball" or the atrocious "Hindustan," a live recording. Then there is "This Little Light of Mine" with its ballistic ending or the beautiful "Someone's Rockin' My Dreamboat." Where does it all end? ...at the last song, of course!

Songlist: Hello, Hello, Hello, Church Bells, Fit As A Fiddle, When I Fall In Love, Let's Get Away From It All, Herman And Sally, This Little Light Of Mine, The Song Has Ended, Blue Skies, Write Myself A Letter, Ballin' The Jack, Harmony Lanes/ Bowling Shoes, Big Time Gutter Ball, Hindustan, Someone's Rockin' My Dreamboat, Tiger Rag

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5227c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A CappellaMens Barbershop Quartets CDs

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