FRED (quartet)

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FRED
Website Official site
Members Jared Carlson – tenor
Rick LaRosa – lead
Clay Hine – baritone
Joe Clay – bass

FRED is a comic barbershop quartet formed in 1990 by members of the Marietta Big Chicken Chorus.

Despite their focus on comedy, FRED produces a very refined sound. Their performance in 1999 at the SPEBSQSA International Championship made them gold medalists, making them the first comedy quartet to ever win first place at the International level. In 2010, Storm Front became the first comedy quartet to win since then.

FRED's take on the "comedy quartet" was original, in that they have not relied on spoken dialog in between songs to set up the humor in the next song, as most comedy quartets do. Instead, their humor is built into their lyrics, musical arrangements, and stage presentation. Parodies are a staple of their performances, and their parodies (well-known songs set to different words) often have Barbershop "in-jokes" where they poke fun at other quartets and singers (by name!), themselves, and even the contest judges.

SPEBSQSA International competition results[edit]

FRED has achieved the following results at SPEBSQSA International competitions:

  • 1991: 35th place
  • 1992: 26th place
  • 1993: 27th place
  • 1994: 11th place
  • 1995: 8th place
  • 1996: 4th place
  • 1997: 2nd place (silver medal)
  • 1998: 4th place
  • 1999: 1st place (gold medal)

Discography[edit]

  • Simply FRED (CD; 1993)
  • Get Happy (CD; 1998)
  • Putting the HA in HArmony (double-CD; 2000)
  • The FreDinci Code (CD; 2006)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Revival
SPEBSQSA International Quartet Champions
1999
Succeeded by
Platinum