Four Freshmen- Show Reviews- What a Wonderfully Nostalgic Show

(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the show)

This was the first time I had the opportunity to see the Four Freshmen in my 29 years of reviewing Las Vegas shows. I can understand why the Four Freshmen are one of the few musical groups to last 60 years! Although the faces have changed, the carefree mood and classic songs remain.

The Four Freshmen’s song choice was perfect with the upbeat “Something’s gotta’ Give”, and continued with more of their songs from the 50’s and 60’s. The group looked back at “Graduation Day”, a happy day yet significant in defining the beginning of becoming adults.

They quipped about the song “It’s Alright with me”, “Although the other woman is perfect and you have the wrong face, it’s alright with me. You will do. Do you want to go out with me?” Most of the songs were romantic about love and feelings- “You Made me Love You”, “Guilty of Loving You”, “You stepped out of a dream,” “Little Girl Blue”, “Day by Day”, “It’s a Blue World”, “Polka dots and Moonbeams,” then mixed these numbers with “Give me the simple Life”, “Easy street”, “Route 66”, and many more. With songs like these and their exceptional talent, the Four Freshmen will be singing and pleasing audiences for a long time to come. Called a free improvisational style, the group’s creative interpretations are worth seeing!

The Four Freshmen’s talent was recognized by some of the jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman. It was Stan Kenton who brought the group to the attention of Capitol Records. Their first hit single was “It’s a Blue World,” released in 1952. Later the vocal harmony group gained popularity and have continued their touring all of these years. Of course the Four Freshmen have won awards and counted many hits. Even recently in the 21th century the Four Freshmen were named “Vocal Group of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine’s readers, in 2000. Continuing in 2001, Mosaic Records released a multi-CD of their complete 1950’s recordings. Today the Four Freshmen consist of Bob Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, and Vince Johnson.

Besides their happy audiences, the Four Freshmen have their own official fan club “The Four Freshmen Society”, since 1992, with over 2,500 members. The members of the club filled the audience that evening and were waiting for the special Meet and Greet after the show.

The South Point Hotel always has the finest entertainment line-up.

Do not forget to keep your tickets for a free drink after the show.

For information, call 797-8055. The South Point Hotel is located at 9777 South Las Vegas Boulevard.

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