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The Brothers Four四兄弟

地区: United States of America 美国
风格: 传统民谣 Traditional Folk
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中 文 名 四兄弟合唱团 
外 文 名 The Brothers Four 
属    性 美国老牌民谣乐队之一 
成立年代 50年代末
 
组合资料
The Brothers Four(四兄弟演唱组)是美国老牌民谣乐队之一,成立于50年代末,比Beatles出名还要早。这个乐队由四个华盛顿大学的学生Bob Flick,John Paine,Mike Kirkand,Dick Foley组成。乐队一组就是四十多年,唱的一直都是传统的通俗民谣 “四兄弟”合唱团的音乐大多以原声木吉他、木贝司、班卓琴、曼驼林伴奏,并配以完美的四个声部和音。
 
演艺经历
“四兄弟”合唱团组建于1958年,成员是华盛顿大学的4名学生,Bob Flick、Michael Kirkland、John Paine和Dick Foley。他们在教友社团里结识并开始合唱生涯。
1959年“四兄弟”与哥伦比亚唱片公司签约,并迅速以一首《绿土》(GREEN FIELD)打入排行榜。
1961至1963年期间,他们在300多所大学里进行了巡回演出,获得了很高的声誉。“四兄弟”合唱团也经常在一些The Ed Sullivan Show、The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom、Mitch Miller's Singalong等电视秀上露面。
1997年,四兄弟在日本的演出结束后发行了一张双唱片集《东京盒带》,里面不光收录了像《绿袖子》,《500里》,《再见牙买加》这样的成名曲,还收录了一些爱尔兰歌谣和民谣复兴时代的歌曲。
“四兄弟”合唱团现在的成员阵容为:John Paine、Terry Lauber、Mark Pearson、Bob Flick,想更深入了解该团体的朋友们还可以去他们的官方站点看看。
 
专辑列表
1960 The Brothers Four 
1960 Rally'Round!
1961 B.M.O.C. (Best Music On/Off Campus)
1961 Roamin' with The Brothers IV
1961 The Brothers Four Song Book 
1962 The Brothers Four: In Person 
1962 The Brothers Four Greatest Hits
1963 Cross-Country Concert 
1963 The Big Folk Hits 
1964 More Big Folk Hits 
1964 Sing Of Our Times
1965 The Honey Wind Blows 
1965 By Special Request
1966 Try To Remember 
1966 A Beatles' Songbook (The Brothers Four sing Lennon/McCartney) 
1966 Merry Christmas
1967 A New World's Record
1969 Let's Get Together
1970 1970
1996 Greenfields & Other Gold 
1996 The Tokyo Tapes - 35th Anniversary 
2010 Golden (50th) Anniversary 
2014 Beautiful World 
2016 title TBD
The Brothers Four are an American folk singing group, founded in 1957 in Seattle, Washington, known for their 1960 hit song "Greenfields".
Bob Flick, John Paine, Mike Kirkland, and Dick Foley met at the University of Washington, where they were members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity in 1956 (hence the "Brothers" appellation). Their first professional performances were the result of a prank played on them in 1958 by a rival fraternity, who had arranged for someone to call them, pretend to be from Seattle's Colony Club, and invite them to come down to audition for a gig. Even though they were not expected at the club, they were allowed to sing a few songs, and were subsequently hired. Flick recalls them being paid "mostly in beer."
They left for San Francisco in 1959, where they met Mort Lewis, Dave Brubeck's manager. Lewis became their manager and later that year secured them a contract with Columbia Records. Their second single, "Greenfields," released in January 1960, hit #2 on the pop charts,sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Their first album, ‘Brothers Four’, released toward the end of the year, made the top 20. Other highlights of their early career included singing their fourth single, "The Green Leaves of Summer," from the John Wayne movie ‘The Alamo’, at the 1961 Academy Awards, and having their third album, ‘BMOC/Best Music On/Off Campus’, go top 10. They also recorded the title song for the Hollywood film ‘Five Weeks in a Balloon’ in 1962 and the theme song for the ABC television series ‘Hootenanny’, "Hootenanny Saturday Night," in 1963. They also gave a try at "Sloop John B", released as "The John B Sails".
The British Invasion and the ascendance of edgier folk rock musicians such as Bob Dylan put an end to the Brothers Four's early period of success, but they kept performing and making records, doing particularly well in Japan and on the American hotel circuit.
The group built with Jerry Dennon a radio station in Seaside, Oregon (KSWB) in 1968. The station was subsequently sold in 1972 to a group from Montana, and later to a self-proclaimed minister, and finally merged into a larger conglomerate of radio stations.
The group attempted a comeback by recording a highly commercial version of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," but were unable to release it due to licensing issues, and The Byrds eventually stole their thunder by releasing their heralded version.
Mike Kirkland left the group in 1969, and was replaced by Mark Pearson, another University of Washington alumnus. In 1971, Pearson left and was replaced by Bob Haworth, who stayed until 1985 and was replaced by a returning Pearson. Dick Foley left the group in 1990 and was replaced by Terry Lauber. Despite all the changes and having spent 58 years in the business, the group is still active.
 
Selected discography
Singles
1960 "Greenfields" – U.S. #2, UK #40,NOR #1
1960 "My Tani" – US #50
1960 "The Green Leaves of Summer" – US #65, NOR #10
1961 "Frogg" – US #32
1961 "Yellow Bird"
1962 "Blue Water Line" – US #68
1963 "Hootenanny Saturday Night" – US #89
1965 "Try to Remember" – US #91
1966 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" – US #26
 
Album
1960 The Brothers Four – U.S. #11
1960 Rally'Round!
1961 B.M.O.C. (Best Music On/Off Campus) – US #4
1961 Roamin' with The Brothers IV
1961 The Brothers Four Song Book – US #71
1962 The Brothers Four: In Person – Columbia 360 Sound CS-8628 - US #102
1962 The Brothers Four Greatest Hits
1963 Cross-Country Concert – US #81
1963 The Big Folk Hits – US #56
1964 More Big Folk Hits – US #134
1964 Sing Of Our Times
1965 The Honey Wind Blows – US #118
1965 By Special Request
1966 Try To Remember – US #76
1966 A Beatles' Songbook (The Brothers Four sing Lennon/McCartney) – US #97
1966 Merry Christmas
1967 A New World's Record
1969 Let's Get Together
1970 1970
1996 Greenfields & Other Gold – new studio recording
1996 The Tokyo Tapes - 35th Anniversary – live cd
2010 Golden (50th) Anniversary – live cd
2014 Beautiful World – new studio and live cd
2016 title TBD – new upcoming live album
 
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