The Four Freshmen are a vocal jazz quartet, a rhythm section and a brass section all at once. They are also the longest lasting vocal harmony group since their inception in 1948. The original group is most well known for hits such as "It's A Blue World," "Graduation Day," "Route 66," "Day By Day," "In This Whole Wide World" and "The Day Isn't Long Enough" among others. Lead vocalist Bob Flanigan, who along with his cousins Ross and Don Barbour and friend Ken Albers, started the Freshmen, is still involved with the group. There have been 22 variations of the group, but today they are still The Four Freshmen and carry on the original cutting-edge sounds.
The Freshmen have bragging rights to 41 albums, over 70 top selling singles that include Freshmen standards such as "Day In, Day Out," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," and "I Fall In Love Too Easily." They also have acquired six Grammy nominations and numerous television appearances including the national televised MDA/Jerry Lewis Telethon this past September. Recently, the CBS "Sunday Morning" show profiled The Four Freshmen's long history and profound effect on American jazz and pop music. No other group has been more copied.
As a self-accompanying group, The Four Freshmen are uniquely sophisticated in their level of vocal harmony. The current group includes Brian Eichenberger, who sings the lead part and also plays the bass, the guitar and the piano; Vince Johnson, an accomplished singer, singing second part harmony, also play bass, guitar and trombone; Bob Ferreria, who joined The Freshmen in 1992 and sings fourth part harmony and plays the drums and flugelhorn; and Curtis Calderon, the "Freshest Freshman," who sings second part and plays trumpet and flugelhorn.
Their latest album - "Still Fresh" - released in 2000 on Pat Boone's Gold Label, can be found in stores across the country.