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The Four Freshmen began as a American vocal group popular from the 1950s through to the early 1960s. Founded by brothers Ross and Don Barbour in 1948 as freshmen at Butler University, the other two original members included their cousin Bob Flanigan and Hal Kratzsch. Well-known for their multi-part harmonies, they are notable as early purveyors of vocalese and as the forerunners of vocal-harmony based rock…

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  • They're On Tour!
  • great!
  • They should be more well known beyond just inspiring Brian. Every single song and album they recorded is brilliant. In a class all their own.
  • killer harmonies tag lol
  • Beach Boys fathers. Along with Phil Spector
  • Best jazz vocal group ever. Period.
  • 4 of the Baddest Dudes to ever criss cross their sublime vocals. Such crazy harmonies....and Don Barbour's unique croon. God Bless! The New group is bitchin' as well.
  • This is the shit right here, LOVE it.
  • I dig the tag too, though I am not exactly what anyone would call a math genius...;-) But since my early childhood days, I was told by my dad, that some of the Beach Boys where inspired by this quartet, caused by the highly mathematicly pointed arrangements. (And HE actually is kind of a piano-playing math-rockster)
  • I want to be friends with the person who tagged this math rock. You need to know trigonometry to comprehend these harmonies.

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