Chanteur Country US né le 15 Août 1933 à Bloomington (Indiana). Bobby Helms a débuté dans une télévision locale en 1946. Au début des années cinquante, influencé par Hank Williams, il enregistre plusieurs Hillbillies pour le label Speed Records fondé par Chuck Gregory à Nashville (Tennessee). Ensuite Bobby signera avec Decca et enregistrera un petit chef-d'oeuvre du Rockabilly, le fameux "Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll". Il est décédé le 19 Juin 1997 à Martinsville (Indiana).

Though his name is unfamiliar to most, Bobby Helms rules the airwaves every year around December 25th. His single "Jingle Bell Rock" first became a hit in 1957, and it reappeared on the charts four of the following five years to become an all-time Christmas classic. Before he was pigeonholed, though, Helms had a successful country career with two number one hits to his credit.
Born on August 15, 1933, in Bloomington, IN, Helms first performed on his father Fred's Monroe County Jamboree, singing while brother Freddie played guitar. The Helms Brothers, as they were billed, became a regional attraction. Bobby later cut a single called "Tennessee Rock and Roll," but then returned to Bloomington to appear on the Hayloft Frolic television show. While on the program, he was encouraged to go to Nashville to sing background Vocalss on an Ernest Tubb session. Tubb recommended him to Decca Records, and the label signed him in 1956. His debut single, "Fraulein," initially flopped in January 1957 but then hit number one on the country chart in April. (The song also hit the pop Top 40 in July of 1957.) In October, Helms released another number one, "My Special Angel," which stayed four weeks at the top and crossed over to number seven pop.
Helms' next recording was "Jingle Bell Rock"; though Decca released it only two days before Christmas 1957, the single still peaked at number six on the pop chart. Two 1958 singles -- "Just a Little Lonesome" and "Jacqueline" -- hit the country Top Ten but flopped elsewhere, though a reissue of "Jingle Bell Rock" made the pop Top 40. The country single "Lonely River Rhine" hit the Top 20 in 1960, but subsequent new material from Helms had little success. (Decca reissued his Christmas hit each year from 1960 to 1962 with diminishing returns.)
Helms toured throughout the '60s and recorded two albums for Kapp in 1966, I'm the Man and Sorry My Name Isn't Fred -- a nod either to brother Freddie or father Fred. Two years later, he released All New Just for You on the Little Darlin' label. Several singles placed modestly on the country charts during 1967-1968, including "He Thought He'd Die Laughing" and "So Long." The 1970 Certron single "Mary Goes 'Round" was his last hit, but Helms recorded Pop-a-Billy for MCA as late as 1983.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Country Pop, Nashville Sound, Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll

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TENNESSEE ROCK 'N' ROLL (1956)

FRAULEIN (1957)

MY SPECIAL ANGEL (1957)

Jingle Bell Rock (1957)

JUST A LITTLE LONESOME (1958)

(NOW AND THEN THERE'S) A FOOL SUCH AS I (1959)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1955 SP SPEED 45-114 (US) . Hanging Around / Yesterday's Lovin'
1955 SP SPEED 45-117 (US) . Freedom Lovin' Guy / I've Never Seen Anyone
06/1956 78 t. DECCA 29947 (US) . Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll / I Don't Owe You Nothing
06/1956 SP DECCA 9-29947 (US) . Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll / I Don't Owe You Nothing
02/1957 SP DECCA 9-30194 (US) . (Got A) Heartsick Feeling / Fraulein
08/1957 SP DECCA 9-30423 (US) My Special Angel (with Anita KERR Singers) / Standing At The End Of My World
11/1957 SP DECCA 9-30513 (US) Jingle Bell Rock / Captain Santa Claus
1957 EP DECCA ED 2555 (US) Sugar Moon / If I Only Knew / My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You / My Special Angel
02/1958 SP DECCA 9-30557 (US) . Just A Little Lonesome / Love My Lady
04/1958 SP DECCA 9-30619 (US) . Jacqueline / Living In The Shadow Of The Past
06/1958 SP DECCA 9-30682 (US) . Schoolboy Crush / Borrowed Dreams
10/1958 SP DECCA 9-30749 (US) . A Hundred Hearts / The Fool And The Angel
1958 EP DECCA ED 2586 (US) Just A Little Lonesome / Magic Song / Plaything / Tonight's The Night 
1958 EP DECCA ED 2629 (US) My Special Angel / Jacqueline / Schoolboy Crush / Borrowed Dreams
1958 EP DECCA BME 9380 (SW) My Special Angel / Standing At The End Of My World / No Other Baby / The Magic Song
1958 ? EP BRUNSWICK 10132 (F)
My Special Angel (with Anita KERR Singers) / The Magic Song / Fraulein / Sugar Moon
01/1959 SP DECCA 9-30831 (US) . Miss Memory / New River Train
05/1959 SP DECCA 9-30886 (US) . I Guess I'll Miss The Prom / Soon It Can Be Told
07/1959 SP DECCA 9-30928 (US) . No Other Baby / You're No Longer Mine
09/1959 SP DECCA 9-30976 (US) . Hurry Baby / My Lucky Day
1959 EP FESTIVAL FX-5120 (AUS)

Bobby's Big 4 - New River Train / Miss Memory / (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I / If I Only Knew

02/1960 SP DECCA 9-31041 (US) . Someone Was Already There / My Sorrow
06/1960 SP DECCA 9-31103 (US) . I Want To Be With You / Let Me Be The One
10/1960 SP DECCA 9-31148 (US) . Lonely River Rhine / Guess We Thought The World Would End
1960 EP FESTIVAL FX-5145 (AUS) Jingle Bell Rock - Jingle Bell Rock / I Guess I'll Miss The Prom / You're No Longer Mine / No Other Baby
03/1961 SP DECCA 31230 (US) . Sad Eyed Baby / You're The One
08/1961 SP DECCA 31287 (US) . How Can You Divide A Little Child / My Greatest Weekness
02/1962 SP DECCA 31356 (US) . One Deep Love / Once In A Lifetime
06/1962 SP DECCA 31403 (US) . Then Came You / Yesterday's Champagne
05/1963 SP COLUMBIA 4-42801 (US) . My Special Angel / Fraulein
04/1964 SP COLUMBIA 4-43031 (US) . It's A Girl / Put Your Arms Around Him
10/1965 SP KAPP K 708 (US) . I'm The Man / Have This Love On Me
11/1965 SP KAPP K 719 (US) . Jingle Bell Rock / Bell That Couldn't Jingle
02/1966 SP KAPP K 732 (US) . Those Snowy Glowy Blowy Days Of Winter / Sailor
06/1966 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0030 (US) . He Thought He'd Die Laughing / You'd Be Make Up My Mind
10/1966 SP KAPP K 777 (US) . Things I Remember Most / Sorry My Name Isn't Fred
10/1967 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0034 (US) . The Day You Stop Loving Me / You Can Tell The World
11/1967 SP KAPP K 876 (US) . I Miss My Fraulein / Where Does A Shadows Go
12/1967 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0038 (US) . Jingle Bell Rock / I Wanna Go To Santa Claus Land
03/1968 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0041 (US) . I Fell You I Love You / All I Need Is You
09/1968 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0049 (US) . Touch My Heart / Or Is It Love
01/1969 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0054 (US) . My Special Angel / Expressing My Love
07/1969 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0062 (US) . So Long / Just Do The Best You Can
11/1969 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 0073 (US) . Echoes And Shadows / Step Into My Soul
05/1970 SP CERTRON C-10002 (US) . Mary Goes Around / Cold Winds Blow On Me
07/1970 SP CAPITOL 2884 (US) . Magnificent Sanctuary Band / My Little Devil
11/1970 SP CERTRON C-10021 (US) . Jingle Bell Rock / Old Year Is Gone
12/1970 SP CERTRON C-10023 (US) . I Wouldn't Take The World For You / Look What You've Done
12/1970 SP CAPITOL 3003 (US) . Just Hold My Hand And Sing / Only Thing That Matters
03/1971 SP CAPITOL 3063 (US) . He Gives Us His Love / We Are Not Helpless
1971 SP AMERICAN NATIONAL SOUND 102 (US) . Hand In Hand With Love / ?
1972 SP MILLION 5 (US) . It's The Little Things / Love's Sweet Mystery
1972 SP MILLION 22 (US) . It's Starting To Rain Again / Wouldn't Give Up On You
1973 SP MCA MCA-60026 (US) . Fraulein / My Special Angel
11/1973 SP MCA MCA-65026 (US) . Jingle Bell Rock / Captain Santa Claus
11/1973 SP MCA MCA-65029 (US) . Jingle Bell Rock / Bell That Couldn't Jingle
1974 SP GUSTO GO-116 (US) . That Heart Belongs To Me / With Jenny On My Mind
1974 SP GUSTO GO-119 (US) . Work Things Out With Annie / With Jenny On My Mind
1975 SP LARRICK 1001 (US) . Baby If I Could Make It Better
1975 SP STARDAY SD 116 (US) . That Heart Belongs To Me / With Jenny On My Mind
1975 SP STARDAY SD 119 (US) . Work Things Out With Annie / With Jenny On My Mind
1976 SP GOLDEN ANGEL IRDA-187 (US) . Every Man Must Have A Dream / ?
1976 SP GOLDEN ANGEL IRDA-342 (US) . You / ?
1977 SP LITTLE RICHIE 1022 (US) . Before My Heartaches Came / Love Power
1978 SP GUSTO GT4-2046 (US) . Fraulein / My Special Angel (with Anita KERR Singers)
06/1978 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 7801 (US) . I'm Gonna Love The Devil Out Of You / I Can't Promise You
10/1978 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 7807 (US) . I'm Not Sorry / Things I Remember Most
06/1979 SP LITTLE DARLIN' 7916 (US) . One More Dollar For The Band / Touch My Heart
197? SP Mistletoe MLS-802 (US) Jingle Bell Rock / Jingle Bells
1983 SP NATASHA DAWN NTD-1006 (US) . Tears Ago / Think Of Me Lovin' You
1983 SP BLACK ROSE BR-82710 (US) . I'm Drinking It Over (With My Friend Jim Beam)
1983 SP BLACK ROSE BR-82713 (US) . Jingle Bell Rock / ?
1984 SP BLACK ROSE BR-82714 (US) . You Can't Keep A Good Man Down / You Made Me Like I Am
1985 SP PRETTY WORLD PW 005 (US) . I Wish I Could Say I Find / I Feel You I Love You So
1986 SP PRETTY WORLD PW 010 (US) . I'm The Man / ?
1987 SP PLAYBACK P-1305 (US) . Dance With Me / Lay Me Down Look
1987 SP PLAYBACK P-1322 (US) . Somebody Wrong Is Lookin' Right / This Song's For You
1987 SP PLAYBACK P-1328 (US) .

Southern Belle / Troubles Wall To Wall

11/1991 CD MCA MCAMD-54293 (US) . Jingle Bell Rock














Unissued Tracks

1956 DECCA unissued - (MCA LP 1557 (#4)) I Need To Know Now
1956 DECCA unissued - (MCA LP 1557 (#11)) Slowin' Teardrops
1957 DECCA unissued - (MCA LP 1557 (#9)) I'm Leaving Now
19?? Unissued - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 3 (#8)) I'm A Long Gone Daddy

Albums

11/1957 LP 10" DECCA DL-8638 (US) BOBBY HELMS SINGS TO MY SPECIAL ANGEL - My Special Angel / No Other Baby / Fool Such As I / Magic Song / Most Of The Time / Plaything / If I Only Knew / My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You / Tonight's The Night / Far Away Heart / Sugar Moon / Just A Little Lonesome
08/1963 LP 12" COLUMBIA CL-2060 (mono) / CS-8860 (stereo) (US) THE BEST OF BOBBY HELMS - Fraulein / It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' / Silver Threads And Golden Needles / Sad Angel / Beauty In The Night / Worst Part Of Me / My Special Angel / Tell Me And I'll Know / You Left Nothing / Touch Of Heaven / Same Old Memories
03/1965 LP 12" VOCALION VL-3743 (mono) / VL-73743 (stereo)(US) BOBBY HELMS - Someone Was Already There / You're The One / One Deep Love / My Greatest Weakness / Fool And The Angel / One Hundred Hearts / New River Train / Lonely River Rhine / No Other Baby / Just A Little Lonesome / I Don't Owe You Nothing / Tennessee Rock'n Roll
01/1966 LP 12" KAPP KL-1463 (mono) / KS-3463 (mono) (US) I'M THE MAN - I'm The Man, Sailor / Stop The World / 10000 Tears / Marie Marie / Lollipops And Roses / Act Naturally / Keep 'em Laughing / Fool No 1 / Twin Of An Angel / Have This Love On Me / I Close My Eyes
01/1967 LP 12" KAPP KL-1505 (mono) / KS-3505 (stereo) (US) SORRY MY NAME ISN'T FRED... IT'S BOBBY HELMS - Sorry My Name Isn't Fred / Last Word In Lonesome Is Me / Portrait Of A Lonely Man / Things I Remember Most / Wondering / Jig Saw Puzzle / Touch Of Yesterday / Take Good Care Of Her / Standing At The End Of My World / Not Till Now / Right Back In Your Arms Again / Where Does A Shadow Go
1967 LP 12" HARMONY HS11209 (US)

Bobby Helms ‎Sings Fraulein - Fraulein / Same Old Memories / I Don't Owe You Nothing / A Touch Of Heaven / The Worst Part Of Me / It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' / Tell Me And I"ll Know What To Do / You Left Nothing / My Special Angel / Silver Thread And Golden Needles

04/1968 LP 12" LITTLE DARLIN' DL-4008 (mono) / SLD-8008 (stereo) (US) ALL NEW JUST FOR YOU - Apartment No 9 / Touch My Heart / I Know One / Just Between You And Me / Day The World Stood Still / Day You Stop Loving Me / He Thought He'd Die Laughing / Or Is It Love / Things I Remember Most / I Can See It All / Expressing My Love / All I Need Is You
1969 LP 12" VOCALION VL 73874 (US) MY SPECIAL ANGEL - My Special Angel / No Other Baby / Fool Such As I / Most Of The Time / Plaything / My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You / Tonight's The Night / Far Away Heart / Sugar Moon / Just A Little Lonesome
1969 LP 12" LITTLE DARLIN' SLD-8015 (US) BEFORE YOUR HEARTACHES BEGIN - Before Your Heartaches Came / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / Just Do The Best You Can / Fraulein / It's Such A Pretty World Today / My Special Angel / Step Into My Soul / So Long / Your Cheating Heart / By The Time I Get To Phoenix / I'm A Long Gone Daddy / Echoes And Shadows
1970 LP 12" CERTRON CS-7003 (US) GREATEST PERFORMANCES - You're No Longer The Woman / I Made Her Bad / I Just Want To Be Alone / Come Home To My Heart / etc...
11/1970 LP 12" CERTRON CS-7013 (US) JINGLE BELL ROCK - Jingle Bell Rock / Jingle Bells / Here Comes Santa Claus / White Christmas / Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer / Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Christmas Time In My Hometown / Old Year Is Gone / I Wanna Go To Santa Claus Land / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
1976 LP 12" POWER PAK PO-283 (US) BOBBY HELMS SINGS GREATEST HITS - Fraulein / Work Things Out With Annie / Midnight Of My Mind / You Are My Special Angel / Look What You've Done To My World / Bottom Of The Bottle / Mama Please Don't Cry / Fallen Heart / I Made Her Bad / Love's Sweet Mystery / Cold Winds Blow / Youre're No Longer The Woman
1979 LP 12" LITTLE DARLIN' SP-10179 (US) MY SPECIAL ALBUM - Apartment No 9 / Touch My Heart / Expressing My Love / All I Need Is You / Things I Remember Most / I Can See It All / I Can't Promise You Won't Get Lonely / I Wouldn't Take The World For You / Just Between You And Me / I Know One / Fraulein / My Special Angel
197? LP 12" PRETTY WORLD PWA-001 (US)

I Want To Go To Santa Claus Land - Jingle Bell Rock / Another Christmas Without You / Winter Wonderland / I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus / White Christmas / Silver Bells / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Jingle Bells / Here Comes Santa Claus / I Want To Go To Santa Claus Land

1980 LP 12" Holiday HDY-1903 (US) Jingle Bell Rock - Jingle Bell Rock / Jingle Bells / Here Comes Santa Claus / White Christmas / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause / Christmas Time In My Hometown / The Old Year Is Gone / I Wanna Go To Santa Claus Land / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
1981 LP 12" BLUE DIAMOND A-1001 (US)

My Special Album - My Special Angel / Only You (And You Alone) / That's All That Matters To Me / Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me / I'm A Fool To Care / Pledging My Love / It's A Sin / A Fallen Star / The Minute You're Gone / The Fool And The Angel / Fraulein / Crying In The Chapel / Pretend / Am I That Easy To Forget / Now And Then There's A Fool Such As I / Love Letters Straight From The Heart / You Belong To Me / I Love You A Thousand Ways / Roses Are Red My Love / If I Give My Heart To You

1983 LP 12" MCA MCA-1557 (US) POP-A-BILLY - Tennessee Rock'n Roll / Fraulein / No Other Baby / I Need To Know Now / Fool Such As I / Magic Song / My Special Angel / Sugar Moon / I'm Leaving Now / Got A Heartsick Feeling / Sowin' Teardrops / Jingle Bell Rock
1987 LP 12" PLAYBACK PL-13011 (US) COUNTRY - Somebody Wrong Is Lookin' Right /  Dance With Me / Lay Me Down Look / This Song's For You / Fraulein, Southern Belle / My Special Angel / Troubles Wall To Wall / Best Man / April Fool
1989 LP 12" PLAYBACK D1-72708 (US) This Song's For You - Southern Belle / My Special Angel / Troubles Wall To Wall / The Best Man / April Fool / Somebody Wrong Is Looking Right / Dance With Me / Let Me Down Look / This Song's For You / Fraulein
19?? LP 12" BC BC-106 (US)

Bobby Helms Sings The Mother-In-Law Blues - It's Starting To Rain Again / Tennessee Walker / A Million Teardrops / What Kind Of Love Is This / Angels Are Not All In Heaven / Mother-In-Law Blues / From Now On / Here Comes The Tears Again / Too Much Of A City Girl / Everybody Needs To Get Along

03/1992 2 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15594 (GER) FRAULEIN - THE CLASSIC YEARS :
CD 1 : Tennessee Rock'n Roll / I Need To Know How / Sowin' Teardrops / Got A Heartsick Feeling / Far Away Heart / Just A Little Lonesome / Fool Such As I / Long Gone Daddy / Tonight's The Night / Jingle Bell Rock / Captain Santa Claus / No Other Baby / Standing At The End Of My World / My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You / New River Train / Hundred Hearts / Hurry Baby / Sad Eyed Baby / Someone Was Already There / To My Sorrow / Lonely River Rhine / Then Came You / Just Between Old Sweethearts / I Can't Take It Like You Can / My Greatest Weakness / Yesterday's Champagne / Yesterday's Lovin' / Hangin' Around / Freedom Lovin' Guy / I've Never Seen Anyone
CD 2 : Fraulein / Most Of The Time / My Special Angel / Just A Little Lonesome / Magic Song / Sugar Moon / Schoolboy Crush / If I Only Knew / Love My Lady / Plaything / Jacqueline / Living In The Shadows Of The Past / Forget About Him / I Guess I'll Miss The Prom / Miss Memory / Soon It Can Be Told / Fool And The Angel / Someone For Everyone / Yesterday's Champagne / Lonely River Rhine / How Can You Divide A Little Child / Borrowed Dreams / You're The One / I Want To Be With You / You're No Longer Mine / My Lucky Day / Let Me Be The One / Guess We Thought The World Would End / Teach Me / One Deep Love / Once In A Lifetime
1998 CD Unison Music ‎0-89841-22222-2 X20079 (US) Jingle Bell Rock - Jingle Bell Rock / Jingle Bells / Here Comes Santa Claus / White Christmas / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Christmas Time In My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
05/2004 CD Koch KOC-CD-9802 (US)

The Little Darling Sound Of Bobby Helms - By The Time I Get To Phoenix / My Special Angel / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / I'm A Long Gone Daddy / Your Cheatin' Heart / It's Just Between You And Me / It's Such A Pretty World Today / Touch My Heart / Fraulein / I Know One / I'm Gonna Love The Devil Out Of You / He Thought He'd Die Laughing / Apartment No.9 / Mary Goes Round / Look What You've Done To My World

10/2004 CD Koch KOC-CD-9812 (US)

A Little Darlin‘ Christmas - Bobby Helms : Jingle Bell Rock / Jingle Bells / Here Comes Santa Claus / White Christmas / Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer / Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Christmas Time In My Home Town / The Old Year Is Gone / I Wanna Go To Santa Claus Land / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Johnny Paycheck : Jingle Bells / Mommy For Awhile At Christmas / I'll Place My Order Early / The Old Year Is Gone

07/2006 CD Laserlight 32806 (GER) JINGLE BELL ROCK - A BOBBY HELMS CHRISTMAS - Jingle Bell Rock / Here Comes Santa Claus / Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer / I Wanna Go to Santa Claus Land / Christmas Time In My Home Town / Silver Bells / White Christmas / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Jingle Bells / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / The Old Year Is Gone / [untitled track]
05/2007 CD Madacy 52978 (US) GOLDEN LEGENDS - Jingle Bell Rock / My Special Angel / Fraulein / Candy Kisses / Funny How Time Slips Away / Cherokee Boogie / Jambalaya / Legend In My Time / Am I That Easy To Forget / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / Oh Lonesome Me / Let Me Down Easy / I'm Walkin' / Apartment #9
10/2008 CD Pegasus PEGCD 665 (UK) My Special Angel - My Special Angel / Schoolboy Crush / Tonight's The Night / Yesterday's Lovin' / (Got A) Heartsick Feeling / A Fool Such As I / Far Away Heart / Hanging Around / I Don't Owe You Nothing / I Need To Know Now / If I Only Knew / I've Never Seen Anyone / Most Of The Time / My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You / Standing At The End Of My World / No Other Baby / Play Thing / Fräulein / Tennessee Rock 'n' Roll / Magic Song
2010 CD BACM CD D 291 (UK)

Borrowed Dreams - Yesterday's Lovin' / Hanging Round / Freedom Lovin' Guy / I've Never Seen Anyone (Like You) / Tennessee Rock And Roll / I Don't Owe You Nothing / Fräulein / Got A Heartsick Feeling / My Special Angel / Standing At The End Of My World / Jingle Bell Rock / I Love My Lady / Just A Little Lonesome / Jacqueline / A Hundred Hearts / Living In The Shadow Of The Past / The Fool And The Angel / Borrowed Dreams / New River Train / Miss Memory / No Other Baby / Soon It Can Be Told / You're No Longer Mine / Hurry Baby / My Lucky Day / Now And Then There's A Fool Such As I / Most Of The Time

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