ABOVE: Acappella singing group Four For A Dollar performing as the pre-show at the Beauty and the Beast stage at MGM/Disney Studios, now Hollywood Studios. At the time Clark Barrios formerly lead singer with the Orchid Garden house band, Rock n Soul, at Church Street Station was performing with the group. Clark is third from the left.
ABOVE: Diane Haskell did not start out being a fan of the acappella singing group Four For A Dollar who performed at the MGM/Disney Studios up until 20 September 2008. She has, however, claimed for years to be England’s #1 fan of Clark Barrios, former lead singer of the Orchid Garden house band Rock n Soul. After leaving Rock n Soul, Clark sang with a variety of bands and groups in Central Florida and Las Vegas. Diane caught up with him at MGM while here on vacation.
If you have ever visited MGM/DISNEY STUDIOS now DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, you probably encountered the a cappella singing group, Four For A Dollar. They performed at the Beauty and the Beast theater while guests were being seated under the guise as sound men or custodial staff. The group members changed a bit over the years but the music and mayhem was always great.
ABOVE: Four For A Dollar, the acapella singing group that performed as the pre-show at the Beauty and the Beast theater at MGM/Disney Studios also performed on New York street. The fourth member was mixing with the crowd at the time this snapshot was taken. Former lead singer for Rock n Soul, the house band at the Orchid Garden Ballroom at Church Street Station, Clark Barrios, is the fellow in the green jacket.
It is really sad that Disney has chosen to save money by cutting entertainment when that is why my family visited in the first place. Our visits to Walt Disney World have diminished as live bands and singers have been replaced with canned music or done away with altogether. We always thought Four For A Dollar would survive cutbacks since they don’t need a band to bring down the house with applause and laughter, but we were wrong.
ABOVE: This photo of the acappella singing group Four For A Dollar with Diane Haskell was taken during the Christmas Holidays on New York Street at the Disney MGM Studios. That is me with the group. My family and I were once again visiting from England to hear Clark sing. If you look closely, you can see my Clark Barrios fan T-shirt!
Thank you, Four For A Dollar. You had a great run while it lasted.