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Fred

Fred

1999 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

Lead: Rick LaRosa. Tenor: Jared Carlson. Baritone: Clay Hine. Bass: Joe Clay.

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.


Individual Folios

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Do Wah Diddy Diddy : 2-Part : Mac Huff : Jeff Barry : Manfred Mann : 08551773 : 073999580396

Mac Huff : Do Wah Diddy Diddy

This 1964 #1 pop hit by Manfred Mann is the newest release in the Discovery Pop series. Limited vocal ranges and repeated sections make this a winner for beginning choirs.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:30

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composers: Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich Performed By: Manfred Mann

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.70 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551773 | Showtrax CD Available


Do Wah Diddy Diddy : 3-Part Mixed : Mac Huff : Jeff Barry : Manfred Mann : Sheet Music : 08551774 : 073999740240

Mac Huff : Do Wah Diddy Diddy

This 1964 #1 pop hit by Manfred Mann is a fantastic addition to the Discovery Pop series. Limited vocal ranges and repeated sections make this a winner for beginning choirs.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:30

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composers: Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich Performed By: Manfred Mann

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551774 | Showtrax CD Available


Do Wah Diddy Diddy : TB : Roger Emerson : Jeff Barry : Manfred Mann : Sheet Music : 08552006 : 884088199746

Roger Emerson : Do Wah Diddy Diddy

The #1 hit from 1964 by Manfred Mann is one of the most recognized songs of the era and will be a favorite for young men's choirs of today. Easily learned and a fantastic concert feature! Discovery Level 1Available separately: TB and VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:30.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composers: Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich Performed By: Manfred Mann

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08552006 | Voicetrax CD Available


Do Wah Diddy Diddy : SATB : Ken Berg : Jeff Barry : Manfred Mann : Sheet Music : 08753044 : 884088561093

Ken Berg : Do Wah Diddy Diddy

Feature a special soloist with this tour de force a cappella setting of the 1963 #1 hit by Manfred Mann and bring down the house! An awesome closer or encore!

Arranger: Ken Berg | Composers: Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich Performed By: Manfred Mann

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08753044


Garden of Your Mind : SATB : Tom Anderson : Fred Rogers : Mister Rogers' Neighborhood : Sheet Music : 00142421 : 888680048754

Tom Anderson : Garden of Your Mind

The lyrics of this imaginative song are from the iconic Mister Rogers, and are almost legendary in their meaning to young and old. With a jazz flavored accompaniment, this work will make a perfect addition to a set of songs of childhood.

Arranger: Tom Anderson Performed By: Fred Rogers | Musical: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00142421 | Showtrax CD Available


Garden of Your Mind : 2-Part : Tom Anderson : Fred Rogers : Mister Rogers' Neighborhood : Sheet Music : 00142422 : 888680048761

Tom Anderson : Garden of Your Mind

The lyrics of this imaginative song are from the iconic Mister Rogers, and are almost legendary in their meaning to young and old. With a jazz flavored accompaniment, this work will make a perfect addition to a set of songs of childhood.

Arranger: Tom Anderson Performed By: Fred Rogers | Musical: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00142422 | Showtrax CD Available


Won't You Be My Neighbor? : SA : Robert Page : Fred Rogers : Mister Rogers' Neighborhood : Sheet Music : 08752494 : 884088539962

Robert Page : Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Celebrate Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with this suite of his much loved songs in colorful settings for high school through adult! Highly entertaining, and sure to bring a smile to every face! Includes: It's Such a Good Feeling, It's You I Like, What Do You Do?, Won't You Be My Neighbor? (It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood). Total duration: ca. 5:20.

Arranger: Robert Page Performed By: Fred Rogers | Musical: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $3.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08752494

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