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Black Secular Vocal Groups - The Twenties

Aunt Hagar's Children Blues - Black Devil Four
Miss Annabelle Lee - Variety Four
I'm Coming, Virginia - Variety Four
Every Time I Feel The Spirit - Pulman Porters Quartette
Good News Chariot's Coming - Pulman Porters Quartette
Jog-A-Long Boys - Pulman Porters Quartette
Won't Be Worried No More - Starlight Quartette
Oh, You Better Mind - Starlight Quartette
Monkey Man Blues - Starlight Quartette
Gone Jazz Crazy - Starlight Quartette
Doodlin' Back - Triangle Quartette
She Done Quit Me Blues - Triangle Quartette
Queen Street Rag - Triangle Quartette
What's The Matter Now? - Quartette of Norfolk
Just Too Late - Quartette of Norfolk
Pleading Blues - Quartette of Norfolk
Four Or Five Times - Quartette of Norfolk
When I Was A Moaner - Quartette of Norfolk
King Jesus, Stand By Me - Quartette of Norfolk
When Death Shall Shake This Frame - Quartette of Norfolk
Somebody's Wrong - Quartette of Norfolk
Pullman Passenger Train - Quartette of Norfolk
Ain't Got No Mama Now - Quartette of Norfolk
Somebody's Always Talking About Me - Quartette of Norfolk
I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me) - Quartette of Norfolk

These are some of the very earliest recordings Black vocal groups and is an outstanding example of the genre including vaudeville, blues and spirituals sung in both the "old style" with its integrated parts blending smoothly as if sung by one person, and the "new" with its foregrounding of wailing, blue notes and syncopation. The most well known groups here come from the incredibly fertile area of Norfolk Virginia, known for its astonishing number of vocal quartets in the 1920's and 30's. In all there is plenty of top-notch material here for lovers of pre-war vocal groups, with some churning quartet blues recordings that are irresistible.

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Black Vocal Groups | Primarily a cappella | Male | United States

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