The Four Freshmen

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1975 (The 1976 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2016 (ranked #21 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .

The Four Freshmen @ Wikipedia

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Will The Four Freshmen be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


4 comments so far (post your own)

Brian Wilson cites them as a major influence on the sound of the Beach Boys, as has Bob Gaudio about the Four Seasons, and Levi Stubbs about not just the Four Tops, but also the harmonies of other Motown groups. These guys should be inducted as an Early Influence.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 20:19pm

What Philip said

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 01.26.11 @ 13:47pm

I just heard som of their music the other day.They can SING!

Posted by zhappy on Thursday, 03.22.12 @ 00:09am

Masters of sophisticated vocal harmonies. They did a swinging rendition of Route 66 that nearly rivals the Nat King Cole Trio's for the cool factor. Bob Flanigan's emotional vocal solo refrain on their version of Mood Indigo is so sudden and contrasts nicely with the more understated group vocals. Even with comparatively lightweight pop tunes like Candy, the Four Freshmen could make irresistible magic.

Get ahold of the outstanding single disc compilations The Four Freshmen - Capitol Collectors Series and Great Gentlemen of Song/Spotlight on the Four Freshmen for an introduction to their repertoire. There's no overlap between the two in terms of song selections, so you'll get more for your dollar and enjoyment. These guys really knew how to make human voices sound like instruments.

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 03.7.15 @ 22:59pm

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