The Four Freshmen release new CD, head out on world tour stopping in Santa Rosa

 “A vocal group at the top of its class; an ultratalented quartet of vocalists”

—William Smith, Wall Street Journal

 

AMERICA’S MOST ENDURING VOCAL GROUP CELEBRATES 65 YEARS AS

THE ACCLAIMED MASTERS OF HARMONY

“My favorite band to watch perform live.” states Brian Wilson, as The Four Freshmen launch

world tour with New “Love Songs” CD

(Los Angeles, CA)—They are the longest running vocal group in the world of show business, 65 years young—and each member is both handsome and 40ish or younger. Go figure!—but, after all, THE FOUR FRESHMEN are no ordinary group of singers.

Twenty-four top vocalists have filled these BIG touring shoes over the years.  About to celebrate over six decades, the trail-blazing jazz entertainers released their first new CD in three years “THE FOUR FRESHMEN:  LOVE SONGS,” on Sept. 18.

Brian Wilson, much honored co-founder of The Beach Boys, who themselves are celebrating a 50th anniversary, says of THE FOUR FRESHMEN:  “I have loved the Freshmen harmony since the first time I heard them. I think the current guys sing as well as any of the previous groups.  They are my favorite band to watch perform live.”

Representing the 22nd configuration are Bob Ferreira, Curtis Calderon, Vince Johnson and Brian Eichenberger.

Other than an early assemblage of guys, which included founding member Bob Flanigan (1926-2011), the current crop of crooners have been together longer than any other  class of Four Freshmen-  over 10 years. The group was originally discovered by bandleader and Capitol Records star, Stan Kenton while working a small club in Dayton, Ohio.

As they have for decades, THE FOUR FRESHMEN headline over 100 concerts a year AROUND THE WORLD—from MOSCOW to MANHATTAN.  Their repertoire, popular with all ages, includes a variety of pop and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Their shows are always complete with an encore of the timeless favorites, from the first hit, “its A Blue World,” “Poinciana” to “Day By Day,” and “Graduation Day.”

THE FOUR FRESHMEN: LOVE SONGS features ten of the group’s favorites from the unforgettable classics with new vocal arrangements by group member Brian Eichenberger.

Among the tracks are “Stardust,” “Body and Soul,” “On The Street Where You Live” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”

William Smith, eminent critic of The Wall Street Journal recently gave the durable singing act a rave review, saying “Long live the Four Freshmen. May they never graduate!”

Beloved co founder, Bob Flanigan, proclaimed:  “This group is the best Four Freshmen of all time.”

Among the many accolades include induction into 2001 Vocal Group Hall of Fame sharing company with ABBA, Bee Gees and The Beach Boys.

Downbeat Magazine has honored the group with its prestigious Best Vocal Group Award, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 2000, and again in 2001.

Jazz Times awarded The Four Freshmen its top Jazz Award~Best Vocal Group In 2003 & 2005.

Charles Osgood an award-winning, longtime anchor of the “CBS Sunday Morning” show, reporting on the group and its history commented, “The Four Freshmen have endured for the simple reason that they are tops in their class.”

“Day by Day,” with approximately 100 records to their name, THE FOUR FRESHMEN “Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” for their 65th anniversary, except to a concert stage near you.