1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Four Freshmen Bob Flanigan, (b.1926), Ross Barbour, (b.1928), Don Barbour, (b.1929), Ken Errair, (b.1930) replaced original member Hal Kratzsch, (b.1929) in 1953
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Graduation Day 1956
also had hits with Itís a Blue World in 1952 and Charmaine in 1955.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952-1956 Record Label: Capitol
Brothers Ross and Don Barbour and cousin Bob Flanigan formed a jazz-styled instrumental and vocal group in 1948 at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music in Indianapolis. A fourth member, Hal Kratzsch was replaced by Ken Errair in 1953. They were influenced by Glenn Millerís ĎModernairesí and Mel Tormeís ĎMel-Tonesí but began to show signs of a unique style of free improvisational vocal group harmony, highly touted by jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie and clarinetist, Woody Herman. Bandleader, Stan Kenton saw them in concert in Dayton, Ohio, and arranged for an audition with Capitol Records. In 1952, they released their first hit single Itís a Blue World, which brought them instant recognition with mainstream audiences. The Four Freshmen recorded Graduation Day four years later and another version was released the same summer by the Canadian group The Rover Boys, both placed in the top-twenty in 1956.