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The Beavers

I'd Rather Be Wrong Than Blue


When pianist Howard Biggs bid adieu to The Ravens in the autumn of 1949, he moved into an identical accompanist role with The Beavers, who had formed that February. They only endured for a year-and-a-half but left behind several gems, a couple of which didn't give them official credit.

The quartet came together at a New York music school, where Joe Thomas was employed as a voice instructor (he'd coached The Ravens and The Delta Rhythm Boys). Tenor Dick Palmer, previously one of The Palmer Brothers, was a student there, as was bass singer Raymond Johnson. With the addition of lead tenor Freddy Hamilton and baritone John Wilson, The Beavers were ready for action. RCA Victor shelved the fruits of their first session in June of '49. Then, without label credit, they backed singer Herb Lance on his version of That Lucky Old Sun, which became a national hit that autumn on Bobby Shad's Sittin' in with label.

Decca exec Dave Kapp signed The Beavers to Decca's Coral imprint, for whom they waxed four numbers on September 22, 1949. First out of the box the next month was If You See Tears In My Eyes, covered by The Delta Rhythm Boys on Atlantic. In March of '50, Coral tried again with the other two sides from the date. The lovely ballad I'd Rather Be Wrong Than Blue, like its predecessor scribed by Biggs and Thomas and fronted by Wilson, fared no better.  Competing versions by The Shadows on the Lee logo and The Delta Rhythm Boys on Decca probably didn't help. Hamilton fronted the less sedate flip, Big Mouth Mama.

In between their two Coral releases, The Beavers made another uncredited bow on wax, singing the zany Rag Mop with Lionel Hampton's orchestra for Decca as The Hamptones. It was a hit for Hamp, but no one knew The Beavers were on it. After one more Coral session in June of '50 with pianist Roy Ross' band that produced a final single, Dreamin' Is My Business, The Beavers went their separate ways.

Bill Dahl

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(2009/SOULSCAPE) 22 tracks (78:00) 1971-77 (3 unissued) with 8 page booklet.

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