Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
The power of nostalgia should not be underestimated. Tuesday night at Wolf Trap a near-capacity crowd braved thunderstorms, rain, wind and power-outages to hear a show billed as the "Fabulous Fours" featuring the Four Freshmen, the Four Lads, the Ink Spots and the Pied Pipers. Those who attended were there not only to hear a concert but to recall their past.
They were not disappointed. Each group featured songs that they made famous, mostly in the '40s and the '50s and the crowd responded with affectionate applause.
The Pied Pipers sang a medley of Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey tunes while the Four Freshmen performed the classic, "Angel Eyes." The Ink Spots brought back fond memories with "Shanty Town," and the Four Lads introduced "Things We Did Last Summer," recorded in 1955, by jokingly referring to the song as their latest record.
The smooth harmony sounded remarkably unchanged from the early recordings, and if there was a little extra gray hair and the stage routines were a little less brisk than they used to be, it didn't seem to matter. The performers and listeners have aged together and the evening was like a meeting of old friends.