The Brothers Four

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Tags: folk 60s folk-country americana oldies country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pioneering and long-running folk/pop quartet was formed in 1957 by University of Washington fraternity brothers Bob Flick (upright bass, vocals), Mike Kirkland (guitar, banjo, vocals), John Paine (guitar, vocals) and Richard Foley (guitar, vocals). They were spotted by Dave Brubeck’s manager, Mort Lewis, when playing at the famous Hungry I in San Francisco in 1959, and he was able to secure them a contract with Columbia Records. Their second release, ‘Greenfields’, shot to number 2 in the US charts. This beautiful and haunting song came from the pen of Terry Gilkyson of the Easy Riders, who had written major 50s hits such as ‘Memories Are Made Of This’ and ‘Marianne’. The folk-based foursome, who were voted America’s ‘Most Promising Group Of 1960’, were quickly established as one of the leading lights on the folk revival scene alongside the Kingston Trio and the Limeliters. They saw their first two albums, The...

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