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The Brothers Four are a highly acclaimed and veteran folk/pop group with rich, soothing harmonies that became famous during the early 1960s. They are best known for the haunting and lovelorn "Greenfields" (1960), a ballad co-written by Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller of The Easy Riders.

Formed in 1957 at the University of Washington in Seattle, the original lineup consisted of fellow students/Phi Gamma Delta fraternity members Bob Flick, Dick Foley, John Paine, and Mike Kirkland (December 23, 1937 - August 20, 2020). In 1959, they relocated to San Francisco where they met Mort Lewis who became their manager and arranged to have them signed to Columbia Records. The following year, The Brothers Four released their eponymous debut album which reached #11 on the Billboard 200.

The Brothers Four debuted in 1960 with what would become their greatest hit, "Greenfields," which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and soon after went gold. Other hits for which they are widely known include "The Green Leaves Of Summer" (1960), as featured in the soundtrack to "The Alamo" starring John Wayne, and "Hootenanny Saturday Night" (1963), the theme to the TV variety show, "Hootenanny." Their many other hits through the mid 1960s also include "My Tani" (1960), "Frogg" (1961), "Blue Water Line" (1962), and their cover of "Try To Remember" (1965, from the musical, "The Fantasticks"). The Brothers Four's final charting song came in 1967 with their remake of the traditional sea shanty, "Shenandoah," which made the Adult Contemporary Top 40.

Since their peak in commercial fame in the early 1960s, The Brothers Four have continued to perform and record actively to the present day, with many personnel changes over the years. Bob Flick remains the only original member in the current lineup.



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