Ken Errair

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Ken Errair is best known for a period he spent with the Four Freshmen, a vocal group that was active for several decades beginning in the '50s, influencing many of the harmonizing combos to come, including…
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Ken Errair is best known for a period he spent with the Four Freshmen, a vocal group that was active for several decades beginning in the '50s, influencing many of the harmonizing combos to come, including the Beach Boys. Errair was in the group for about three years, not that long a stint but still three times as long as most students are freshmen. He replaced Hal Kratzsch and was in turn replaced by Ken Albers in a group that sang with such a lack of personal identity that it would be rather difficult even for fans to spot the comings and goings of individual members. Even more obscure is Errair's solo LP on Capitol, accurately entitled Solo Session.

This performer contributed work on several brass instruments and bass as well as vocals to his sides with the Four Freshmen. Errair started out playing in the brass section of Navy dance bands; "hot," a popular adjective for describing some groups of this ilk, surely did not come into play regarding this ensemble's status as the first dance band to hold forth above the Arctic Circle, courtesy of the late-'40s Byrd expedition. Near the end of that decade Errair was back in the marginally warmer Detroit, at first playing trumpet in local clubs and then stepping up to microphones as a singer. While a member of the Four Freshmen, Errair managed to romance and wed actress Jane Withers. In 1969 he died in California in a plane crash. His year of birth has been listed as both 1928 and 1930 in different sources.