Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#686 (Week of 11/13/10 - 11/19/10)

*IN THE STYLE OF THE INK SPOTS - PART FOUR

"Rock-A My Soul"/
"Moses Smote The Water"
by The Four Blue Jackets
on Mercury 8004-A/B
released in 1946

"*Baby, Baby, Please Come Home"/
"I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well"
by The Four Bluejackets
on Mercury 8017-A/B
released in 1946


Above: The Four Blue Jackets consisted of brothers Joe, Bill, "Doc," and "Toby" Bryant, and their pianist Elmer Thomas.

The following "life story" is from the Mercury Records "Autographed Photograph Series":

Four brothers, Joe, Bill, "Doc," and "Toby" Bryant, have just recently been honorably discharged from the United States Navy where they made an outstanding name for themselves as a vocal quartet.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, the brothers enlisted in the Navy together. After their induction and "boot" training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, they met Elmer Thomas, a talented pianist and arranger who is responsible for the beautiful accompaniment and arrangements the Blue Jackets are using on all their MERCURY RECORDS. During their stay at Great lakes, the Blue Jackets were featured on such coast-to-coast radio shows as Columbia's "Men of War," N.B.C.'s "Blue Jackets Choir Hour" and "Meet Your Navy." Their listening audiences were tremendous and letters poured in from every state in the union acclaiming their talented singing and presentations of spirituals.

Playing many Naval Hospitals, the Blue Jackets toured the country giving their various fans of the armed forces the opportunity to see and hear them in person. Honorably discharged from the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas, the boys are continuing their musical careers and have appeared as guest artists on the W.L.S. "National Barn Dance."

The Blue Jackets have one of the finest collections of Negro folk songs and spirituals. Their beautifully blended voices and rhythmic arrangements will shortly make them one of the outstanding quartets in the musical world.






Above: From The Billboard.... (Left) 8-10-46 clipping and (Right) 3-9-46 TV Review (both abridged).


The Billboard Review 4-27-46


Above: Label image of Mercury 8004 released in April 1946. Record review is from 4-27-46 issue of The Billboard. This is the first of four releases by The Four Blue Jackets on Mercury (1946-47).


The Billboard Review 8-10-46


Above: Label image of Mercury 8017 released in August 1946. Record review is from 8-10-46 issue of The Billboard. This is the second of The Four Blue Jackets' records for Mercury and their only non-spiritual offering. "Baby..." is done in a similar style as The Ink Spots, particularly the inclusion of the "talking bass" part.

The original "Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well" was done by Wynonie Harris with Lucky Millinder's Orchestra in 1945. The "answer" record "I Know Who...." was first done by Bull Moose Jackson on the Queen label in 1946. The Four Blue Jackets answer record shows "Millinder" as composer, while Millinder's record of the original shows "De Lange-Brooks."

Listen to this week's selections by The Four Blue Jackets:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          Rock-A My Soul - Mercury 8004-A - 1946
          Moses Smote The Water - Mercury 8004-B - 1946
          Baby, Baby, Please Come Home - Mercury 8017-A - 1946
          I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well - Mercury 8017-B - 1946
 
          ALL FOUR played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          Rock-A My Soul - Mercury 8004-A - 1946
          Moses Smote The Water - Mercury 8004-B - 1946
          Baby, Baby, Please Come Home - Mercury 8017-A - 1946
          I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well - Mercury 8017-B - 1946

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
          Rock-A My Soul - Mercury 8004-A - 1946
          Moses Smote The Water - Mercury 8004-B - 1946
          Baby, Baby, Please Come Home - Mercury 8017-A - 1946
          I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well - Mercury 8017-B - 1946

     [To download audio files, right-click on link and then select "Save (Link) Target As..."]


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