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The Four Freshmen - Four Freshmen and 5 trombones

  1. Angel Eyes
  2. Love Is Just around the Corner
  3. Mam'selle
  4. Speak Low
  5. The Last Time I Saw Paris
  6. Somebody Loves Me
  7. You Stepped Out of a Dream
  8. I Remember You
  9. Love
  10. Our Love Is Here to Stay
  11. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
  12. Guilty
And 5 Trombones

The Four Freshmen is a multiple Grammy-nominated American male vocal band quartet that blends open-harmony jazz arrangements with the big band vocal group sounds of The Modernaires (Glenn Miller), The Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey), and The Mel-Tones (Artie Shaw), founded in the barbershop tradition. The Four Freshmen is considered a vocal band because, in addition to singing, it accompanies itself on guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums, among other instrumental configurations.

During 61 years of performance (1948–present), The Four Freshmen recorded 49 albums, CDs, and DVDs. Some of the most requested songs follow: "Its a Blue World", "Day In, Day Out", "Skylark", "You've Got Me Cryin' Again", "Angel Eyes", "After You've Gone", "Invitation", "Poinciana", "Mam'selle", "Route 66", "Day by Day", "Laura", "That Old Feeling", "Young and Foolish", "You Stepped Out of a Dream", "Mood Indigo", "Tell Her I Love Her", "Please Remember", "September Song", "Early Autumn", "My One and Only Love", "It's All Right with Me", "Something's Gotta Give", "You've Changed", "If I Had You", "Indian Summer", "Simple Life", "Easy Street", "Rain", "Crazy Bones", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Love Lost", "How Can I Tell Her", "I Wish I Knew", "Walkin' My Baby Back Home", "Little Girl Blue", "Time Was", "Goodbye", "It Could Happen to You", "I Could Have Told You", "More Love", "Where Do You Start", "You Call It Madness, I Call It Love", "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?", "The Day Isn't Long Enough", "We'll Be Together Again", "In This Whole Wide World", and "And So It's Over".

The group tours internationally to sold-out audiences and records popular standards flavored with jazz harmonies since its late '40s founding in the halls of the Jordan School of Music at Butler University (Indianapolis), thanks to a series of incarnations.

The Four Freshmen influenced many vocal groups. These groups include from the beginning — The Hi-Lo's, The Hilltoppers, and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross — to later on — The Lettermen, The Four Preps, The Skyliners, Spanky and Our Gang, The Mamas & the Papas, The Association, The Four Seasons, ABBA, The Swingle Singers, Take 6, New York Voices, The Manhattan Transfer, and The Bobs. In his autobiography, Brian Wilson attributes the success of the Beach Boys' initial sound to the harmonic chord choices found in Four Freshmen arrangements. In concert, the Beach Boys honors the Four Freshmen verbally and illustrates the Four Freshmen's voicing with an a cappella version of its hit, "In My Room".

Ross Barbour, a founding Freshmen and author of the group's biography, Now You Know: The Story of the Four Freshmen, explained several of the technical aspects of "The Four Freshmen sound."

In early 1948, brothers Ross and Don Barbour, then at Butler University's Arthur Jordan Conservatory in Indianapolis, Indiana, formed a barbershop quartet called Hal's Harmonizers. The Harmonizers also included Marvin Pruitt — soon replaced by Ross and Don's cousin Bob Flanigan — and Hal Kratzsch (1925–70), replaced in 1953 by Ken Errair. The quartet soon adopted a more jazz-oriented repertoire and renamed itself the Toppers. At first, they were influenced by Glenn Miller's The Modernaires and Mel Tormé's Mel-Tones, but soon developed their own style of improvised vocal harmony. In September 1948, the quartet went on the road as The Four Freshmen, and soon drew the admiration of jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman.

In 1950, The Four Freshmen got a break when band leader Stan Kenton heard the quartet in Dayton, Ohio, and arranged for an audition with his label, Capitol Records, which signed The Four later that year. In 1952, they released their first hit single "It's a Blue World". Further hits included "Mood Indigo" in 1954, "Day by Day" in 1955, and "Graduation Day" in 1956.

The Four Freshmen won Best Vocal Group of the Year in Down Beat magazine's Readers' Polls in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 2000, and 2001.

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