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The Deep River Boys: Let's Go (CD)

(Acrobat) 28 Tracks - 1936-1956!

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Deep River Boys, The - Let's Go (CD) CD 1
01 Carmena Waltz Song The Deep River Boys
02 Who'll Jine De Union The Deep River Boys
03 I Am Seeking For A City The Deep River Boys
04 I Am Bound For Sweet Canaan Land The Deep River Boys
05 I Got A Home In Dat Rock The Deep River Boys
06 In Dat Great Getting' Up Morning The Deep River Boys
07 You Talk Too Much The Deep River Boys
08 A Zoot Suit The Deep River Boys
09 Castle On The River Nile The Deep River Boys
10 Cousin Jedidiah The Deep River Boys
11 A Little Jive Is Good For You The Deep River Boys
12 Get On Board Little Children The Deep River Boys
13 We Are Walking In The Light The Deep River Boys
14 Swing Low Sweet Chariot The Deep River Boys
15 Oh Freedom The Deep River Boys
16 I'm Trampin' The Deep River Boys
17 What Did He Say The Deep River Boys
18 Get Up Them Stairs Mademoiselle The Deep River Boys
19 That's What You Need To Succeed The Deep River Boys
20 Purgatory The Deep River Boys
21 Wrapped Up In A Dream The Deep River Boys
22 Ain't Misbehavin' The Deep River Boys
23 By The Light Of The Silvery Moon The Deep River Boys
24 Two Blocks Down Turn To The Left The Deep River Boys
25 Charge It To Daddy The Deep River Boys
26 Tuxedo Junction The Deep River Boys
27 My Guys Come Back The Deep River Boys
28 Motherless Child The Deep River Boys
The Deep River Boys The Deep River Boys Recess In Heaven The meager chart fortunes... more
"The Deep River Boys"

The Deep River Boys

The Deep River Boys

Recess In Heaven

The meager chart fortunes of The Deep River Boys—one 1948 pop appearance—doesn't do the enduring quartet justice. They were stars of '40s radio and soundies, boasting a bountiful discography.

They came together at Virginia's Hampton Institute in 1936. Baritone Harry Douglass, born May 6, 1916 in Bridgeville, Delaware, joined bass Edward Ware and tenors Vernon Gardner and George Lawson to perform spirituals as The Hampton Institute Junior Quartet. They won on an episode of radio's 'Major Bowes' Amateur Hour,' then got a boost from working for theatrical producer Josh Logan. Black actor Rex Ingram brought them on a promotional tour for him movie 'The Green Pastures' and came up with a new name for the group reflecting one of their most popular songs: Deep River. But the quartet had to add some secular material to their repertoire before CBS radio brought them aboard their network airwaves.

Debuting on shellac in 1940 with their RCA Victor rendering of Nothing But You, The Deep River Boys recorded seven releases for RCA and its Bluebird subsidiary before World War II intervened. They also filmed the memorable soundies 'Toot That Trumpet' and 'Shadrack,' which they didn't record commercially. Douglass was forced to leave the ranks during the war to perform for the troops, but he was back in 1946 when the group got back down to recording business with Victor.

The Deep River Boys finally registered a hit for RCA Victor in 1948 with their sumptuous treatment of Recess In Heaven, which climbed to #18 pop despite a version by ex-Jimmie Lunceford singer Dan Grissom that was a #8 R&B seller. On the flip side of The Deep River Boys' version sat a cover of The Orioles' It's Too Soon To Know. The group encountered a wildly appreciative fan base when they ventured overseas in 1949, leading to many European trips during the '50s. While they continued to record pop titles for Victor, Beacon, Jay-Dee, and Vik stateside, The Deep River Boys rocked out for their British fans, cutting Rock Around The Clock and Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On and notching a British hit in '56 with That's Right. Douglass remained the quartet's mainstay, but there were a plethora of personnel changes over the course of the decade, Jimmy Lundy replacing Lawson at the dawn of the '50s. The Deep River Boys sang for President Eisenhower in 1955.

Douglass died June 5, 1999 in New York. His group's time had long passed, but he sang right up until his death. 

Bill Dahl

Various - Street Corner Symphonies Vol.01

1939-1949 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop

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Tracklist
Deep River Boys, The - Let's Go (CD) CD 1
01 Carmena Waltz Song
02 Who'll Jine De Union
03 I Am Seeking For A City
04 I Am Bound For Sweet Canaan Land
05 I Got A Home In Dat Rock
06 In Dat Great Getting' Up Morning
07 You Talk Too Much
08 A Zoot Suit
09 Castle On The River Nile
10 Cousin Jedidiah
11 A Little Jive Is Good For You
12 Get On Board Little Children
13 We Are Walking In The Light
14 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
15 Oh Freedom
16 I'm Trampin'
17 What Did He Say
18 Get Up Them Stairs Mademoiselle
19 That's What You Need To Succeed
20 Purgatory
21 Wrapped Up In A Dream
22 Ain't Misbehavin'
23 By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
24 Two Blocks Down Turn To The Left
25 Charge It To Daddy
26 Tuxedo Junction
27 My Guys Come Back
28 Motherless Child