Kites Are Fun

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Kites Are Fun
Kites Are Fun cover.jpg
Studio album by The Free Design
Released 6 April 1967
Recorded 1967
Genre Sunshine pop, baroque pop
Length 42:12
Label Project 3
Producer Enoch Light
The Free Design chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Crawdaddy! (favorable) [2]

Kites are Fun is the debut album from The Free Design, released in 1967. The group was signed to the Project 3 label after a demo recording that was completed with the assistance of the band's father.[3]

The tracks are composed of precise instrumental arrangements with high ranges in complex vocal harmonies.[4] The title track was the group's only charting single, hitting #33 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts, and #114 Pop.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kites Are Fun" (Chris Dedrick)
  2. "Make the Madness Stop" (Chris Dedrick)
  3. "When Love is Young" (Sandy Dedrick and Stephanie Dedrick)
  4. "The Proper Ornaments" (Chris Dedrick)
  5. "My Brother Woody" (Chris Dedrick)
  6. "59th Street Bridge Song" (Paul Simon)
  7. "Don't Turn Away" (Chris Dedrick)
  8. "Umbrellas" (Bruce Dedrick)
  9. "Michelle" (Lennon–McCartney)
  10. "Never Tell the World" (Sandy Dedrick and Chris Dedrick)
  11. "A Man and a Woman" (Francis Lai)
  12. "Stay Another Season" (Chris Dedrick)

The title cut, released as a single, earned status on Billboard's "Bubbling Under The Top 100" and "Top 40 Easy Listening" surveys.


  • "Kites Are Fun" - Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart #33
  • "Kites Are Fun" - Billboard Pop Charts #114


  • Bruce Dedrick - vocals, guitar
  • Chris Dedrick - vocals, guitar
  • Ellen Dedrick - vocals
  • Sandra Dedrick - vocals, keyboards
  • Stefanie Dedrick - vocals


"Kites are Fun" was covered by Tomorrow's World for the Songs for the Jet Set, Volume 1 compilation.[5]


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Kites Are Fun at AllMusic
  2. ^ Crawdaddy! review
  3. ^ "The Free Design - Billboard Charts". Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Free Design - Kites Are Fun". Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Songs for the Jet Set, Volume 1" on . Retrieved April 25, 2013.