It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this
Also listening to:

The Free Design

The commercial failure of the Free Design remains one of the most baffling mysteries in the annals of pop music -- with their exquisitely celestial harmonies, lighter-than-air melodies, and blissful arrangements, the group's records were on par with the work of superstar contemporaries like the Beach Boys, the Association, and the Cowsills, yet none of their singles even cracked the Hot 100. The Free Design originally comprised siblings Chris, Bruce, and Sandy Dedrick, natives of Delevan, NY, whose father Art served as a trombonist and arranger with Vaughn Monroe; when Chris moved to New York City in 1966 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, he recruited Bruce (now living on Long Island) and Sandy (a teacher in Queens) to form a folk group, and soon the trio emerged as a popular attraction on the Greenwich Village coffeehouse circuit.

In time, Chris began composing original material for the Free Design to perform, and with the assistance of their father, the siblings cut a demo, ultimately signing with producer Enoch Light's audiophile label Project 3. The title track from their 1967 debut LP Kites Are Fun was also their first single, cracking the Top 40 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart but reaching only number 114 on the pop chart -- somewhat amazingly, it was the Free Design's biggest hit. Another Dedrick sister, Ellen, joined the group after graduating high school, making her debut on 1968's You Could Be Born Again. "2002: A Hit Song," from 1969's Heaven/Earth, satirically addressed the Free Design's continuing inability to make a commercial impact, but still the group's chart woes continued, and with their next effort, 1970's Songs for Very Important People, they targeted a new audience: children.

Stars/Time/Bubbles/Love, also released in 1970, returned the Free Design to their adult constituency; after issuing One by One two years later, the group was dropped by Project 3, at which time they relocated from New York to Canada. There Chris Dedrick recorded a solo album, Be Free, which went unreleased; signing to the Ambrotype label, the Free Design recorded one final LP, 1973's There Is a Song, before disbanding in 1975. In the years to follow, Chris remained the most musically active sibling, forming the choral ensemble Star Scape Singers, as well as arranging and composing for the Canadian Brass. He also won a series of Gemini Awards for his scores for Canadian film and television productions. By the '90s, hipster favorites including Cornelius, Pizzicato 5, and Louis Philippe were regularly citing the Free Design as a key influence, resulting in the 1998 release of Kites Are Fun: The Best of the Free Design. The new millennium saw the Free Design convene for another album -- 2001's Cosmic Peekaboo -- which gathered Sandy, Chris, and Bruce Dedrick back together again. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

Never heard of the Free Design until Pandora introduced me to them. I like their music. Interesting bio...sorry they weren't a success.
I wonder what they could have done if they had the kind of support as someone like the Carpenters: being on a label like A&M and having Herb Alpert hire songwriters like Roger Nichols and Paul Williams or Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Being on a small label gave them more freedom probably. Anyway, people are still listening forty years later.






1109269775
I love all their songs!!! :3
wolfierunner
Their song One by One is a popular song in church choirs. I have directed 2 different church choirs, singing this song. I could not believe my ears, hearing the original! Wow, so beautiful!
Way ahead of its time...not quite AOR, not fully hippy dippy and trippy . MAN, and too clean cut. They lot out commercially .
jackiemaeswo p e
why play things that were never popular? They probably won't be now. However I really like most of the stuff on Pandora
I think their greatest achievement is going unspoken here. The Pandora Genome software fails to identify the sui generis component of their music: no mention is made of their harmony except to call it antiphonal which is a really gross simplificati o n of what Chris Dedrick was writing. Not since the Hi-Lo's has a vocal group employed more beautiful dissonances and relied so much on seconds to tell their strange little stories. Jaw-dropping l y difficult. World-class musicians.
i'm surprised the author didn't mention their significant influence on stereolab. they payed homage to the group with the song the free design on their 1999 cobra and phases... album.
I fell in love with The Free Design's song "Love You" when I heard it played during the credits of the movie "Stranger Than Fiction" (a movie I adore).
goreharry
I'm sure I saw the Free Design on the Mike Douglas show back in the 70's.I'd also see them mentioned in the liner notes of a few groups as an influence.Fi n a l l y found a copy of the "Kites Are Fun" compilation a coupla years ago.Instantl y fell in love with their unique sibling harmony vocal blend and adventurous song arrangements .
anthonysaint a m a n t
The Free Design was light years ahead. I think this a portion of their failure. sob
Their material wasn't always tops, true, but the song "Kites Are Fun" might be the best example of Sunshine Pop ever.
ackerbex3
Their production is a bit slick, their material (what I've heard so far) a bit repetitive & uninspired. Definitely a group with more potential for break-thru than they got... ahead of their time, perhaps - if they'd been steered to the acappella market, with bettter material, they could have been huge.
Oh! Come on... It's no wonder these guys/gals didn't make it. Weak material and Kum Bah Yah s**t! give me a break!

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[74, 122, 117, 125, 96, 122, 95, 82, 82, 87, 70, 113, 99, 92, 88, 95, 82, 104, 115, 111, 104, 83, 67, 117, 68, 72, 66, 96, 103, 117, 78, 106, 125, 70, 90, 119, 121, 109, 112, 115, 96, 98, 103, 112, 87, 105, 125, 75, 107, 83, 87, 87, 96, 69, 125, 125, 124, 85, 78, 122, 89, 121, 75, 73, 96, 121, 105, 95, 95, 90, 123, 85, 74, 113, 88, 67, 88, 68, 113, 70, 94, 108, 114, 96, 109, 125, 105, 82, 76, 105, 95, 116, 82, 125, 118, 100, 110, 80, 120, 93, 98, 121, 84, 94, 108, 96, 103, 72, 78, 66, 84, 110, 77, 123, 123, 125, 102, 75, 83, 98, 85, 100, 70, 105, 96, 119, 84, 89, 67, 109, 77, 75, 110, 117, 64, 64, 96, 121, 64, 84, 120, 84, 95, 88, 104, 64, 119, 94, 124, 115, 102, 109, 121, 112, 83, 110, 74, 87, 121, 70, 83, 124, 73, 82, 66, 84, 107, 98, 92, 93, 108, 120, 124, 64, 72, 86, 81, 119, 95, 87, 84, 77, 89, 105, 102, 113, 88, 102, 112, 88, 116, 72, 113, 86, 119, 89, 84, 102, 100, 71, 85, 126, 68, 115, 72, 83, 100, 74, 117, 103, 116, 100, 102, 73, 111, 118, 115, 71, 68, 79, 85, 107, 71, 94, 81, 78, 76, 111, 72, 91, 79, 83, 65, 117, 83, 98, 107, 85, 84, 81, 97, 104, 94, 67, 109, 93, 120, 64, 110, 72, 106, 96, 112, 105, 127, 115, 102, 114, 74, 89, 81, 82, 98, 83, 88, 103, 113, 80, 65, 114, 120, 65, 77, 118, 116, 118, 92, 73, 121, 107, 126, 88, 93, 87, 92, 84, 90, 78, 119, 118, 90, 77, 89, 96, 84, 92, 125, 84, 72, 78, 84, 104, 109, 70, 100, 112, 84, 71, 114, 83, 73, 116, 115, 113, 69, 92, 84, 96, 80, 107, 78, 86, 67, 82, 101, 67, 89, 109, 98, 103, 91, 104, 88, 107, 72, 72, 64, 112, 97, 67, 65, 84, 83, 93, 107, 76, 65, 83, 77, 77, 103, 111, 92, 101, 92, 79, 116, 80, 81, 111, 77, 118, 112, 93, 80, 67, 106, 120, 104, 76, 77, 117, 94, 121, 87, 70, 97, 120, 126, 71, 94, 71, 103, 88, 66, 80, 87, 68, 91, 87, 67, 116, 100, 70, 123, 126, 88, 113, 66, 94, 122, 110, 85, 78, 73, 89, 73, 85, 90, 85, 96, 125, 68, 94, 95, 123, 67, 69, 78, 108, 102, 109, 67, 76, 84, 117, 111, 73, 85, 68, 117, 88, 97, 80, 124, 93, 111, 65, 110, 79, 113, 124, 101, 98, 117, 121, 75, 121, 96, 95, 98, 69, 105, 65, 118, 104, 127, 118, 83, 104, 73, 116, 111, 79, 107, 89, 125, 104, 112, 83, 92, 123, 72, 73, 79, 104, 76, 104, 66, 82, 91, 109, 91, 80, 88, 78, 113, 74, 69, 104, 117, 119, 76, 110, 85, 103, 119, 94, 67, 87, 64, 85, 120, 118, 92, 85, 78, 115, 73, 111, 76, 98]