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Ross Barbour, Last of the Original Four Freshmen, Dies at 82

Harmony group recorded more than 50 albums

Ross Barbour
The Four Freshmen

Ross Barbour, the last of the original Four Freshmen, died at age 82 on August 21 in Simi Valley, Calif. The cause was lung cancer.

The vocal group formed as Hal’s Harmonizers, a barbershop quartet, in 1948 at Butler University in Indianapolis. Ind. They then changed their name to the Toppers and began leaning in a more jazz-oriented direction. They became the Four Freshmen upon deciding to turn professional. In addition to Ross Barbour, who sang baritone for the group, the other founding members were his brother Don Barbour, Hal Kratzsch and Marvin Pruitt. Bob Flanigan (who died three months ago), the Barbours’ cousin, soon replaced Pruitt. Kratsch was replaced in 1953 by Ken Errair.

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