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FOUR KNIGHTS Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD)

Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD)
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FOUR KNIGHTS: Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD)

(1998/ORBITAL) 56 tracks

Article properties: FOUR KNIGHTS: Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD)

  • Interpret: FOUR KNIGHTS

  • Album titlle: Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1998
  • Label DESPO CD

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0095451346227

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Four Knights, The - Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD) CD 1
01 That's The Way It Gonna Be
02 Say No More
03 I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You)
04 Period
05 Tennessee Train
06 Oh, Happy Days
07 The More I Go Out With Somebody Else
08 Charmaine
09 (It's No) Sin
10 Who Am I?
11 In The Chapel In The Moonlight
12 Anniversary Song
13 The Glory Of Love
14 Cry
15 I Wanna Say Hello
16 Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
17 Sleepy Time Gal
18 Till Then
19 Sentimental Journey
20 Easy Street
21 When My Baby Smiles At Me
22 I Go Crazy
23 Oh, Miss Hannah
24 Walkin' In The Sunshine
25 Georgia On My Mind
26 I Ain't Get Nobody
27 One Way Kisses
28 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
Four Knights, The - Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Honey Bunch
02 Write Me Baby
03 Inside Out
04 Perdido
05 Baby Doll
06 I'm The World's Biggest Fool
07 Guilty
08 It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
09 I Couldn't Stay Away From You
10 Bottle Up The Moonlight
11 I Love That Song
12 Happy Birthday, Baby
13 Saw Your Eyes
14 Don't Depend On Me
15 Foolishly Yours
16 I Was Meant For You
17 I Love The Sunshine Of Your Smile
18 Walkin' And Whistlin' Blues
19 Got Her Off My Hands
20 Doo Wacka Dee
21 Win Of Lose
22 Sentimental Fool
23 O' Falling Star
24 Yes I Do (The Wedding Song)
25 When Your Loves Has Gone
26 The Four Minute Mile
27 Things To Do Today
28 Where Is The Love
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The Four Knights

The Four Knights

That's The Way It's Gonna Be


After spending most of their distinguished career as a pop-oriented outfit with plenty of network radio exposure but precious few hits until they signed with Capitol in 1951, The Four Knights temporarily veered into more an R&B direction the next year.

Like The Larks, the Knights originally hailed from North Carolina - Charlotte, in their case. Lead tenor Gene Alford, tenor/guitarist John Wallace, baritone Clarence Dixon, and bass Oscar Broadway were a spiritual aggregation, The Southland Jubilee Singers, before they changed their handle to The Four Knights and went secular in 1945. They signed with Decca the next year, later switching to the company's Coral subsidiary, but it wasn't until they switched to Capitol in '51 that the Knights began scoring hits on a somewhat consistent basis.

Howard Biggs and Joe Thomas were A&R men at RCA Victor, though their swinging composition That's The Way It's Gonna Be found its way to the Knights at Capitol, which released the single in August of 1952 with the frantic Say No More on the flip. The single didn't make the same pop splash that their I Love The Sunshine Of Your Smile had the year before - maybe it was too R&B-oriented for their longtime audience, with a booting two-chorus sax solo - but it's one of their most exciting discs.  

The shift didn't hold long. I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You), the Knights' biggest seller of all in 1954, sailed to #2 in the U.S. and #5 over in Great Britain but returned the Knights to the pop milieu, though it did ride a bouncy, infectious tempo. Alford was permanently sidelined by epilepsy in the mid-'50s, the Knights soldiering on with George Vereen and then Clinton Holland taking his place. They pulled double duty at Capitol for a time, harmonizing with Nat 'King' Cole on the 1956 hit That's All There Is To That and the next year's My Personal Possession as in addition to waxing their own singles. The quartet managed a last pop hit for Coral in 1959, O' Falling Star, making it into the mid-'60s before calling it quits. 

Bill Dahl

Various - Street Corner Symphonies Vol.04

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