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The Deep River Boys: London Harmony (2-CD)

(2004/ACROBAT) 43 tracks - 1940/50s EMI/HMV masters

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  • Interpret: The Deep River Boys

  • Album titlle: London Harmony (2-CD)

  • Label ACROBAT

  • Year of publication 2004
  • Genre Pop

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0824046500122

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Deep River Boys, The - London Harmony (2-CD) CD 1
01 That Lucky Old Sun The Deep River Boys
02 Too-Whit, Too-Whoo The Deep River Boys
03 Down In The Glen The Deep River Boys
04 Oh Tell Me Gypsy The Deep River Boys
05 Bewitched The Deep River Boys
06 Ashes Of Roses The Deep River Boys
07 I Still Love You The Deep River Boys
08 September Song The Deep River Boys
09 The Stars Are WIndows Of Heaven The Deep River Boys
10 Mister And Mississippi The Deep River Boys
11 May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You The Deep River Boys
12 Too Young The Deep River Boys
13 My Yiddisher Momma The Deep River Boys
14 Eili Eili The Deep River Boys
15 Deep Water The Deep River Boys
16 I Won't Cry Anymore The Deep River Boys
17 (It's No) Sin The Deep River Boys
18 Gladrag Doll The Deep River Boys
19 Don't Trade Your Love For Gold The Deep River Boys
20 Only Fascination The Deep River Boys
21 Trying The Deep River Boys
22 Tennessee News Boy The Deep River Boys
Deep River Boys, The - London Harmony (2-CD) CD 2
01 A Kiss And A Cuddle Polka The Deep River Boys
02 Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall The Deep River Boys
03 My Castle On The Nile The Deep River Boys
04 Lucky Black Cat The Deep River Boys
05 Romance Al A Mode The Deep River Boys
06 Shake Rattle And Roll The Deep River Boys
07 St Louis Blues The Deep River Boys
08 Smack Dab In The Middle The Deep River Boys
09 I Wonder Why The Deep River Boys
10 Rock Around The Clock The Deep River Boys
11 Adam Never Had Any Mammy The Deep River Boys
12 Rock A Beatin' Boogie The Deep River Boys
13 Just A Little Bit More The Deep River Boys
14 That's Right The Deep River Boys
15 Honey Money The Deep River Boys
16 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On The Deep River Boys
17 There's A Goldmine In The Sky The Deep River Boys
18 Not Too Old To Rock And Roll The Deep River Boys
19 Slow Train To Nowhere The Deep River Boys
20 I'm Confessin' The Deep River Boys
21 Itchy Twitchy Feelin' 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

Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/various-street-corner-symphonies-vol.01-1939-1949-the-complete-story-of-doo-wop.html
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Tracklist
Deep River Boys, The - London Harmony (2-CD) CD 1
01 That Lucky Old Sun
02 Too-Whit, Too-Whoo
03 Down In The Glen
04 Oh Tell Me Gypsy
05 Bewitched
06 Ashes Of Roses
07 I Still Love You
08 September Song
09 The Stars Are WIndows Of Heaven
10 Mister And Mississippi
11 May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You
12 Too Young
13 My Yiddisher Momma
14 Eili Eili
15 Deep Water
16 I Won't Cry Anymore
17 (It's No) Sin
18 Gladrag Doll
19 Don't Trade Your Love For Gold
20 Only Fascination
21 Trying
22 Tennessee News Boy
Deep River Boys, The - London Harmony (2-CD) CD 2
01 A Kiss And A Cuddle Polka
02 Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall
03 My Castle On The Nile
04 Lucky Black Cat
05 Romance Al A Mode
06 Shake Rattle And Roll
07 St Louis Blues
08 Smack Dab In The Middle
09 I Wonder Why
10 Rock Around The Clock
11 Adam Never Had Any Mammy
12 Rock A Beatin' Boogie
13 Just A Little Bit More
14 That's Right
15 Honey Money
16 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
17 There's A Goldmine In The Sky
18 Not Too Old To Rock And Roll
19 Slow Train To Nowhere
20 I'm Confessin'
21 Itchy Twitchy Feelin'