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The Four Freshmen

Four Freshmen

Members: Bob Flanigan, Don Barbour, Ross Barbour, Hal Kratzsch

The Four Freshmen were one of the top vocal groups of the 1950s, and formed the bridge between '40s ensembles like Mel-Tones and harmony-based rock & roll bands such as the Beach Boys as well as groups like Spanky & Our Gang and the Manhattan Transfer. The group's roots go back to the end of the 1940s and a barbershop quartet-influenced outfit called Hal's Harmonizers, organized at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Butler University in Indiana by two brothers, Ross and Don Barbour. Their repertoire centered on standards such as "Moonglow" and "The Christmas Song," and they began to show an unusually free, improvisational approach to their harmony singing. A couple of membership changes brought Bob Flanigan, a cousin, into the fold alongside Hal Kratzsch, and suddenly the Four Freshmen were assembled in all but name, and that fell into place a little later.

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Media Articles
Obituary, Los Angeles Times, Ross Barbour dies at 82; original member of the Four Freshmen
Obituary, New York Times, Bob Flanigan, Four Freshmen Founder, Dies at 84
Obituary, New York Times, Ross Barbour, a Founding ‘Freshman,’ Dies at 82


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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The Four Freshmen : Four Freshmen Collection : TTBB : Sheet Music Collection

The Four Freshmen : Four Freshmen Collection

'Love Lost' is a collective work by Bob Flanigan, Don and Ross Barbour and Ken Albers. 'Oh, Lonely Winter' is from the Four Freshmen and Five Guitars Capitol record album. Lyrics by Bill Comstock and music by Ken Albers. 'This October' is considered one of the greatest of all hits of the Four Freshmen. 'I'll Remember April' was recorded on the Voices in Love albums, this great arrangement by Dick Reynolds is one of the all-time favorites. The cappella arrangement of Indian Summer by Nelson Riddle is stunning.

Songlist: Indian Summer, Love Lost, Oh, Lonely Winter, This October, I'll Remember April

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Voicing: TTBB | Performed by The Four Freshmen | 9303b | Sheet Music Collection | $19.95 | Some a cappella


The Four Freshmen : 5 Trombones / 5 Saxes : 1 CD : 8436542010900 : AISR4201090.2

The Four Freshmen : 5 Trombones / 5 Saxes

It's a twofer! Two classic albums are included on this CD of one of the great male quartets of the twentieth century! Their ability to maintain perfect intervals in vertical harmony is legendary. Fortunately the legend lives anew as almost every one of their tremendous discography has now been remastered for CD.

Songlist: Liza, You've Got Me Cryin' Again, This Can't Be Love, The Very Thought Of You, East of the Sun, I May Be Wrong, There's No One But You, Sometimes I'm Happy, For All We Know, Lullaby in Rhythm, This Love Of Mine, I Get Along Without You Very Well, That's The Way I Feel, You're So Far Above Me, He Who Loves and Runs Away, What's It Gonna Be?, How Can I Begin To Ell?, Angel Eyes, Love Is Just Around the Corner, Mam'selle, Speak Low, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Somwbody Loves Me, You Stepped Out Of A Dream, I Remember You, Love, Love Is Here To Stay, You Made Me Love You, Guilty

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43114c | 1 CD | $13.95


The Four Freshmen : Day By Day : 1 CD : 604

The Four Freshmen : Day By Day

Recorded in 1962 as part of a Public Service series sponsored by the U.S. Navy for radio broadcast, this recording includes many the Four Freshmen standards-"Day By Day," "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring," "Route 66"-as well as some lesser known songs. Their trademark voicings made the group a popular favorite; they recorded over twenty albums for Capitol alone! Their likeable onstage persona can be heard on "Once In Love With Amy," a novelty number that sounds like singer Ross Barbour is on helium. "Somebody Loves Me" and "Taps Miller" are swung at a speed that is vivace going on dangerous-"Taps" features a challenging scat performance, while "Somebody Loves Me" has a rubato turn of phrase that is a clever device.

Songlist: Day By Day, Lulu's Back In Town, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Teach Me Tonight, (It's Only A) Paper Moon, This October, Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, Candy, Once In Love With Amy, Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World, Fools Rush In, Somebody Loves Me, Taps Miller, Route 66, In This Whole Wide World

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4770c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Accompanied


The Four Freshmen : Greatest Hits : 1 CD : 77612

The Four Freshmen : Greatest Hits

There are 10 classic Four Freshmen songs here: "Graduation Day," "Day by Day," "It's A Blue World," "Charmaine," "Poinciana," "Satin Doll," "Lullaby of Birdland," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me" and "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street," all from the original studio recordings. Every song is one of the 4F's biggest hits, as opposed to their other CDs, where every song merely sounds like it's one of their biggest hits. The point is, the 4F are incapable of doing a bad song or cover, so buy with confidence, and enjoy!

Songlist: Graduation Day, Day By Day, It's a Blue World, Charmaine, Pionciana, Satin Doll, Lullaby of Birdland, I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street

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4781c | 1 CD | $12.98 | Accompanied


The Four Freshmen : In Session : 1 CD

The Four Freshmen : In Session

Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, Vince Johnson and Bob Ferreira, the "new" Four Freshmen, play their own instruments on this sweet-sounding studio recording, which was produced by The Four Freshmen Society. OK, the album is all accompanied, but the smooth, bright, tight-knit harmonies that, for us, define the best of 50s and 60s Vocal Jazz, are here in spades. 11 well-chosen covers, standards such as Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," Mercer's moody "Skylark," his lesser-known, bluesy "Early Autumn" and his more upbeat "Something's Gotta Give;" Harold Arlen's "If I Only Had a Brain," "September Song" (with a nice a cappella intro), and the hits just keep on coming with "That Old Feeling" and "You've Changed." The sound that launched dozens of top 40 hits, made millions fall in love while slow dancing, and influenced every male Vocal Jazz quartet that came after the 4Fs is sounding as new, and as fresh, as ever!

Songlist: It's All Right With Me, My One And Only Love, Skylark, If Only I Had A Brain, Early Autumn, Something's Gotta Give, How Do You Keep The Music Playing, That Old Feeling, September Song, If I Had You, You've Changed

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7668c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Accompanied


The Four Freshmen : Live : 1 CD : 101

The Four Freshmen : Live

Recorded Live on October 18th, 1971 at the Ft. Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, FL featuring Hen Albers, Ross Barbour, Bill Comstock and Bob Flanigan. The show opened with "Day In, Day Out" and showcased throughout the evening a sampling of the songs that successed these four guys such as: "Girl Talk", "Day By Day", and "Angel Eyes". Comedy relief and a gulf full of great tunes make the night complete. Here are a few more tunes to wet the palate a temptation more: "Graduation Day", "Sweet Lorraine", "it's A Blue Day", and "We'll Be Together Again". If you are a lover of live music this is an epic event to add to your collection! Warning, This cd does not come unaccompanied.

Songlist: Day In, Day Out, Freshmen Introduction, Misty Roses, Bird Avenue, Girl Talk, Day By Day, Come Back To Me, In This Whole Wide World, Angel Eyes, Route 66, I Can Sing A Rainbow, Poinciana, Candy, Teach Me Tonight, Graduation Day, Beautiful Friendship, Sweet Lorraine, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, It's A Blue World, We'll Be Together Again

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4799c | 1 CD | $9.95 | Accompanied


The Four Freshmen : Still Fresh : 1 CD

The Four Freshmen : Still Fresh

Under the direction of original Freshman Bob Flanigan, this recent release (on Pat Boone's independent label, no less) maintains the quality of the original group, with an absolute allegiance to the unmistakable chord voicings of their style! Accompanied, with the group members playing their own instruments in Frosh tradition, songs such as "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and "Straighten Up And Fly Right" will have you reveling with joy. "Meaning Of The Blues" (written by Bobby Troup) and "Moonlight In Vermont" are redolent with a liquid sensuality that hasn't lost its magic after all these years.

Songlist: My Shining Hour, Moonlight in Vermont, Get Out of Town, Where Do You Start?, Straighten Out And Fly Right, Unforgettable, More Love, Close Enough For Love, Once In Awhile, Meaning of the Blues, Walkin' My Baby Back Home

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4786c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Accompanied


The Four Freshmen : The Swingers / 5 Trumpets : 1 CD : 8436542018623 : IMT5012100.2

The Four Freshmen : The Swingers / 5 Trumpets

It's a twofer! Two classic albums are included on this CD of one of the great male quartets of the twentieth century! Their ability to maintain perfect intervals in vertical harmony is legendary. Fortunately the legend lives anew as almost every one of their tremendous discography has now been remastered for CD.

Songlist: Lulu's Back in Town, Li'l Darlin', Let's Take A Walk Around the Block, Dynaflow, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Spring Isn't Spring Without You, Taps Miller, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street, Satin Doll, This Could Be the Start of Something, Lullaby of Birdland, I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Easy Street, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside), After You've Gone, Good-Bye, There Will Never Be Another You, Got a Date with an Angel, Something in the Wind, Someone Like You, The Night We Called It a Day, Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight, Give Me the Simple Life, Lonely Night In Paris, )I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

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43113c | 1 CD | $13.95


The Four Freshmen : Easy Street DVD : DVD

The Four Freshmen : Easy Street DVD

"Easy Street" is a rare treat, an opportunity to see the Four Freshmen (Bob Flanigan, Ken Albers and the Barbour brothers, Don and Ross) in their prime, in a live (black and white) performance on the Ray Anthony show in 1956! Featured are 21 of the 4F's favorite pop hits: "Day By Day," "You're So Far Above Me," "Charmaine," "Got A Date With an Angel," The Day Isn't Long Enough," "How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning," "Someone Like You," "Graduation Day," "There'll Never Be Another You," the title tune, and our personal favorite, "It's a Blue World." The four play their own instruments, or act in little skits, singing "You Stepped Out of a Dream" to a librarian who tries to keep her composure, for instance. It's a corny 1956 variety show, the Four Freshmen are singing with their bright, fresh sound and ringing harmonies, and we've got a front-row seat!"

Songlist: Day By Day, You're So Far Above Me, Love Is Just Around the Corner, You Stepped Out of a Dream, Charmaine, Got a Date with an Angel, Easy Street, After You've Gone, Somebody Loves Me, It's a Blue World, He Who Loves and Runs Away, Crazy Bones, The Day Isn't Long Enough, How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning?, Someone Like You, We'll Be Together Again, This Can't Be Love, Graduation Day, Frosty the Snowman, Love Turns Winter to Spring, There'll Never Be Another You

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4589dvd | DVD | $28.98 | Some a cappella


Individual Folios

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Graduation Day : SSAA : Tom Gentry : Joe Sherman : The Four Freshmen : DVD : 212235

Tom Gentry : Graduation Day

Arranger: Tom Gentry | Composer: Joe Sherman Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $4.00 | A Cappella |
212235


Graduation Day : SATB : Ed Lojeski : The Four Freshmen : Sheet Music : 08711422 : 073999603392

Ed Lojeski : Graduation Day

Your choirs will love this new arrangement of the Beach Boys/Four Freshmen hit. A perfect choice for a men's feature on your spring program.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08711422


Their Hearts Were Full of Spring : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Bobby Troup : The Four Freshmen : Sheet Music : 00142452 : 888680048976

Kirby Shaw : Their Hearts Were Full of Spring

Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Bobby Troup Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00142452


Their Hearts Were Full of Spring : SSAA : Kirby Shaw : Bobby Troup : The Four Freshmen : Sheet Music : 00142453 : 888680048983

Kirby Shaw : Their Hearts Were Full of Spring

Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Bobby Troup Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00142453


Their Hearts Were Full of Spring : TTBB : Kirby Shaw : Bobby Troup : The Four Freshmen : Sheet Music : 00142454 : 888680048990

Kirby Shaw : Their Hearts Were Full of Spring

Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Bobby Troup Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00142454


Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring : SSAA : Kirby Shaw : Bobby Troup : The Four Freshmen : Sheet Music : 1000210268

Kirby Shaw : Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring

Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Bobby Troup Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: SSAA | Digital | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 10 copies)
| 1000210268


Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring : TTBB : Kirby Shaw : Bobby Troup : The Four Freshmen : Digital : 1000210273

Kirby Shaw : Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring

Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Bobby Troup Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: TTBB | Digital | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 10 copies)
| 1000210273


Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Bobby Troup : The Four Freshmen : Digital : 1000210275

Kirby Shaw : Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring

Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Bobby Troup Performed By: The Four Freshmen

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Voicing: SATB | Digital | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 10 copies)
| 1000210275

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