|Early Members: Ross Barbour, Don Barbour, Marvin Pruitt, Bob Flanigan, Hal Kratsch, Ken Arrair, Ken Albers (several members since)
|The beginnings of the group came in 1948 when Ross and Don Barbour formed a barbershop quartet at Butler University in Indianapolis, known as Hal’s Harmonizers, soon becoming The Four Freshmen. Jazz legend Stan Kenton spotted them in a night club in Dayton, Ohio and then helped them sign to Capitol Records in 1950, but got off to a rocky start, and were dropped from the label in 1952. However, Kenton helped them get “It’s A Blue World” recorded and they got back in Capitol’s good graces, and they stayed with the label until the late 1960’s. The band has continued on, past the deaths of original members, and is still performing at this writing, having released dozens of records across their storied career.
|Years Active: 1948 – present
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