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Hot Harmony Groups 1932-1951 - That's the Rhythm Volume 1

Song NameAs Performed By
Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn The Three Keys
Za Zu SwingThe Five Jinks
That's the Rhythm Three Sharps and A Flat
Milk Shake Stand Three Barons
Satchelmouth BabyDeek Watson and the Brown Dots
Garbage Man The Four Aces
Wig Blues The Melody Masters
Hurry Home Thelma Carpenter & the Deep River Boys
Let's Be Sweethearts AgainBill John & Musical Notes
(I Wonder) Where Is My Love The Four Tunes
Nicholas Three Flames
Subway CutieMelody Masters
Choo Choo The Four Vagabonds
It Takes A Long Tall Skinned Girl The Four Blues
Yesterday Rose'sThe Bachelors
Wrapped Up In A Dream AgainFour Knights
Cherry in My Lemon and Lime The Three Riffs
I'd Rather Be Wrong that Blue The Beavers
I Don't Mind Being All Alone The Colemans
Yes Sir That's My BabyThe Clovers

"That's The Rhythm" is a delicious collection of 20 examples of Black vocal group harmony from the early 1930s to the early 1950s, all at least lightly accompanied. The watershed moment for these groups was the rise of network radio, which made immediate stars of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. By 1945 there were three routes an aspiring group could take, the "jubilee" gospel style of the Golden Gate Quartet, which enjoyed a crossover appeal, the jump/jive stylings of the Four Vagabonds, which had an almost entirely Black following, or going into the pop crossover stylings of the Ink Spots/Mills Brothers, whose huge success was due to the support of a vast white audience. So many treats: The Three Keys' cartoon-like "Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn," Three Sharps and a Flat's wonderful title tune, the raunchy, double-entendre "Garbage Man" by the Four Aces, the very funny "Wig Blues" by The Melody Masters, who also star on "Subway Cutie," The Four Vagabonds' swinging "Choo Choo," The Four Blues' boogie-woogie anthem "It Takes A Long Tall Brown Skinned Girl," the Four Knights' sweet "Wrapped Up In A Dream," The Three Riffs' silly "Cherry In My Lemon And Lime," The Beavers' torch song "I'd Rather Be Wrong Than Blue"-these are unknown musical treasures on many levels. Funny, poignant, hip, romantic-it's all here, and some of the sweetest leads and harmonies you could imagine. We love this collection!

Item code: 4543C | 1 CD | $12.98 add item to cart
Gospel  | United States

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