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April 21, 2007 |
Ken Albers, 82, who contributed harmonies to the Four Freshmen vocal group that was popular in the 1950s and '60s, died Thursday in Simi Valley after a long illness, according to Ross Barbour, one of the original members of the quartet. Barbour, his brother Don Barbour, their cousin Bob Flanigan and Hal Kratzsch formed the close-harmony group at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music at Butler University in Indiana in 1948. The quartet sang such standards as "Moonglow" and "Mood Indigo."
February 13, 1996 |
Jackson Lyrics Questioned: Jewish leaders are protesting Michael Jackson's reported use of anti-Jewish references in video sessions for the song "They Don't Care About Us" being shot in Brazil by director Spike Lee. Jackson had pledged to change the couplets "Jew me, sue me" and "kick me, kike me" in June after the song's release sparked outcry.
February 12, 1991 |
After seeing them Sunday at Cafe Lido, one has to wonder what the Four Freshmen thought of the Milli Vanilli controversy. Here's a group that not only does its own singing, much of it involving complex harmonies, but also provides its own musical accompaniment including rhythm section and a four-piece brass front line. Some of today's pop wonders can't even sing and dance at the same time.
November 16, 1991 |
Asked the secret behind the Four Freshmen's successful four-decade-plus career, Bob Flanigan, the founder and leader of the vocal quartet, answered quickly: Psychological coercion. "We played about 3,000 colleges in the '50s and '60s, sometimes two a day, and those fans are parents now, and a lot have brainwashed their kids into listening to us," he said with a laugh.
February 15, 1994 |
Bandleader Stan Kenton was a stickler for precision. But the big band that played at producer Ken Allan's seventh annual tribute to Kenton, held Sunday at the Irvine Marriott, and also featuring the Four Freshmen, was anything but tight. In fact, it was often downright ragged. More than once, players looked at each other's music, trying to decipher where they were supposed to be. Surprisingly, despite the confusion, the music still sounded pretty good as played by this unrehearsed crew of L.A.
April 29, 1996 |
Until the news came six years ago, Carol Krause was having "a pleasant life," she told the hundreds of women gathered at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. "I had a happy marriage, a career as a television journalist . . . a life that was pretty uneventful, until, BOOM!" She learned that her younger sister, Susie, 38, had ovarian cancer. For Krause, 46, who spoke at the Circle 1000 benefit for the Hoag Cancer Center in Newport Beach, it was more than horrible news.