Still going strong after more than half a century, The Brothers Four continue to thrill audiences with their pristine harmonies and classic folk sound. The quartet’s many hits, including favorites like “Try to Remember” and “Greenfields,” turned The Brothers Four into one of the leading lights of the early 60’s folk revival.
Emerging out of the University of Washington in the late 50’s, The Brothers Four played the clubs and cafes of Seattle before moving to San Francisco and securing a record contract with Columbia. The foursome, whose original lineup included Bob Flick, John Paine, Mike Kirkland and Dick Foley, scored their biggest hit almost immediately, as their second single “Greenfields” shot all the way to #2 on the pop charts in 1960. Along with similarly styled folk pop groups like The Kingston Trio, The New Christy Minstrels and The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Brothers Four were instrumental in launching the folk boom of the early 60’s. Subsequent hits included “The Green Leaves of Summer” (which they performed at the 1961 Academy Awards), “Hootenanny Saturday Night” (which became the theme song for the hit show Hootenanny), and “Try to Remember.”
With the advent of the British Invasion and more electrified rock and roll, The Brothers Four faded from the top of the charts, but remained an active and successful touring group. They have been featured prominently in several PBS specials including I Hear America Singing and This Land Is Your Land. They have also continued to record extensively, the most recent being 2014’s The Beautiful World of The Brothers Four. Founding member Bob Flick remains with quartet, and is joined by longtime member Mark Pearson (since 1969), Mike McCoy and Karl Olsen.
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