The Brothers Four

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print on Board
Date:
1963
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 10" Width: 13.75"
Description:
A black and white photo of the band The Brothers Four performing. From left to right we see a man facing right while playing guitar, behind him the head of another man who is also playing guitar but mostly is covered by the first player. Beside him is another man without an instrument and behind him is a man playing banjo. They are all singing into two microphones that are in the center of them. The background is a curtain that is black.
Historical Context:
In 1956, Bob Flick, John Paine, Mike Kirkland, and Dick Foley met in their fraternity at the University of Washington and started playing music under the name of The Brothers Four. They started playing professionally as a prank, and a rival fraternity called them inviting them to play a gig at Seattle’s Colony Club, where they were not scheduled to play or invited or even known of at all. It ended up working in their favor and sparking their career after playing there on a fluke. They ended up getting signed to Columbia Records three years later and put out their biggest hit “Greenfields” a year after that, in 1960. Their career and sound became overshadowed in America by acts like Bob Dylan and the Beatles, but they continued to perform on and release music and while the original members have passed on the batons, the band continues to create and perform today.