Who was/is The Jubalaires ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Even though Arthur Godfrey wouldn't grant all of them leave from his 'Talent Scouts' network radio program to tour the country behind their 1946 hit I Know and two of their primary members split a couple of years later, The Jubalaires were hanging tough. They scored a pact with a major label, Capitol Records, and continued to make satisfying singles such as A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.
The group started out singing spirituals as The Royal Harmony Singers in Jacksonville, Florida, built around tenor Willie Wright, baritones Caleb 'J.C.' Ginyard, Jr. and Theodore Brooks, and bass Elijah Wright, soon replaced by George McFadden. They rolled into Philadelphia in 1941, benefitted from some pointers from The Golden Gate Quartet, and scored their own '42 R&B hit on Keynote with Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition, billed as The Royal Harmony Quartet.
Wright was out and John Jennings in after the group made another move, this time to New York, and veered into secular waters. Their manager, Paul Kapp, renamed them The Jubalaires, and Orville Brooks joined the ranks as lead singer shortly before they waxed I Know for Decca with Andy Kirk leading the orchestra (it's on our previous volume). I Know was a crossover hit in the spring of 1946, but only Brooks was allowed to tour with Kirk's orchestra in its wake, thanks to Godfrey's stubborn refusal to let them leave. The Jubalaires signed with Syd Nathan's Queen label in 1947, later moving to Syd's parent King imprint. In a curious 1948 development, the Jubes traded front men with the Golden Gate Quartet, swapping Brooks for Willie Johnson, leaving them with a lineup of Orville and Theodore Brooks, Ginyard, McFadden, and guitarist Everett Barksdale. That same year, Ginyard split to form The Dixieaires (he would later found The Du Droppers).
The Jubalaires retained their trademark smooth delivery for A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, their third Capitol outing. Written by Mack David (Hal's older brother), Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston, it hailed from Walt Disney's animated 1950 film 'Cinderella' and was sung in the flick by Ilene Woods. A tasty acoustic guitar intro leads into some old school harmonizing that was fast going out of style.
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