The Four Freshmen: Day by Day


Day by Day


The Four Freshmen


Capitol Collectors Series (Capitol C2-93197)

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Ross Barbour, Don Barbour, Ken Albers (vocals), Bob Flanigan (vocals, trombone). Unidentified orchestra


Composed by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl & Paul Weston


Recorded: Los Angeles, May 18, 1955


Rating: 70/100 (learn more)

Among 1950s' male vocal quartets, The Four Freshmen manifested the foremost multiple personality disorder. They might be the White-Bread Frosh purveying such senior prom tripe as "Graduation Day," or the Blackface Frosh perpetrating the most slanderous Negro mockery since Al Jolson, as in the indictable offenses "Mr. B.'s Blues," "Stormy Weather" and "Mood Indigo" (the shame! doing this to Ellington). This track, modeled on Perry Como's hit "Papa Loves Mambo" (1954), finds the Freshmen in their bouncy Los Cuatro Latinos incarnation. "Day by Day" spent 15 weeks on the pop charts, but for us is mercifully over in less than two minutes.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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