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Four Knights Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD)

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(1998/ORBITAL) 56 tracksmore

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

  • Label DESPO CD

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0095451346227

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Four Knights, The - Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD) CD 1
01That's The Way It Gonna BeFour Knights
02Say No MoreFour Knights
03I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You)Four Knights
04PeriodFour Knights
05Tennessee TrainFour Knights
06Oh, Happy DaysFour Knights
07The More I Go Out With Somebody ElseFour Knights
08CharmaineFour Knights
09(It's No) SinFour Knights
10Who Am I?Four Knights
11In The Chapel In The MoonlightFour Knights
12Anniversary SongFour Knights
13The Glory Of LoveFour Knights
14CryFour Knights
15I Wanna Say HelloFour Knights
16Ida! Sweet As Apple CiderFour Knights
17Sleepy Time GalFour Knights
18Till ThenFour Knights
19Sentimental JourneyFour Knights
20Easy StreetFour Knights
21When My Baby Smiles At MeFour Knights
22I Go CrazyFour Knights
23Oh, Miss HannahFour Knights
24Walkin' In The SunshineFour Knights
25Georgia On My MindFour Knights
26I Ain't Get NobodyFour Knights
27One Way KissesFour Knights
28Five Foot Two, Eyes Of BlueFour Knights
Four Knights, The - Jivin' & Smoothin' 1951-59 (2-CD) CD 2
01Honey BunchFour Knights
02Write Me BabyFour Knights
03Inside OutFour Knights
04PerdidoFour Knights
05Baby DollFour Knights
06I'm The World's Biggest FoolFour Knights
07GuiltyFour Knights
08It's A Sin To Tell A LieFour Knights
09I Couldn't Stay Away From YouFour Knights
10Bottle Up The MoonlightFour Knights
11I Love That SongFour Knights
12Happy Birthday, BabyFour Knights
13Saw Your EyesFour Knights
14Don't Depend On MeFour Knights
15Foolishly YoursFour Knights
16I Was Meant For YouFour Knights
17I Love The Sunshine Of Your SmileFour Knights
18Walkin' And Whistlin' BluesFour Knights
19Got Her Off My HandsFour Knights
20Doo Wacka DeeFour Knights
21Win Of LoseFour Knights
22Sentimental FoolFour Knights
23O' Falling StarFour Knights
24Yes I Do (The Wedding Song)Four Knights
25When Your Loves Has GoneFour Knights
26The Four Minute MileFour Knights
27Things To Do TodayFour Knights
28Where Is The LoveFour Knights
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"Four Knights"

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

1952 The Complete Story Of Doo Wop

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