Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#771 (9/29/12 - 10/12/12)

"All I Need Is You"/"Sleepy Little Cowboy"
by The Deep River Boys
on Beacon 9146
released in 1952

[The above photo is provided by Lillemor Lewander.]

Above: Photo of The Deep River Boys from 1952. (L-R) Carter Wilson (first tenor), Edward Ware (bass), Vernon Gardner (second tenor), Cameron Williams (pianist), and Harry Douglass (baritone lead).

Starting in 1949 and continuing annually throughout most of the 1950s, The Deep River Boys toured Great Britain, the Scandinavian countries and other parts of Europe.


Above: Another photo of The Deep River Boys.


Above: JET Magazine (1/6/55): "Returning to the U.S. from a European tour for a January 18 command performance for President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower at the White House, the Deep River Boys serenade four-month-old Patrick Lundy. The baby is the son of quartet member Jimmy Lundy (2nd from left) and his French wife, Nonique."


Above: Column from Afro-American Newspaper dated 6/12/56.

Above: Columns from Afro-American Newspaper dated (L) 1/15/52 and (R) 8/7/56.

Above: JET Magazine column dated 8/21/52.
Reference Links: Lena Horne ; Louis Armstrong ; Muriel Gaines.

Above: Label image of Beacon 9146 recorded on December 20, 1951 and released in May 1952. This is the third of three by The Deep River Boys on Beacon (all recorded on the same day and released in 1952). "Sleepy Little Cowboy" was re-issued on Beacon 104 in 1954.

Trade Magazine Article (February 1952): ....The Deep River Boys have signed an exclusive one-year deal with Beacon Records and hit the market this month with their first release, "Give Me A Break, Don't Break My Heart" and "If I Had It To Do All Over Again"....
(Beacon was owned and operated by Joe Davis.)

Trade Magazine Article (May 1952): ....Joe Davis of Beacon Music is hitting all TV stations with a three-minute film to exploit its Beacon disking of "Sleepy Little Cowboy." The TV film consists of cartoon stills, illustrating the tune. Sound track, the Deep River Boys' waxing of the song, is dubbed onto the film....

Trade Magazine Article (August 1952): ....Ed Kirkeby, prexy of the Deep River Boys, who guided "Fats" Waller, is being approached by a major TV network to have his quartet spice up an all-Negro package that will be on par with "Your Show Of Shows"....
(Click HERE for "Fats" Waller With The Deep River Boys from 1942. Will open in a separate window)

Trade Magazine Article (December 1952): ....The Deep River Boys are due back Saturday from a seven month tour of Great Britain and the Continent....

Trade Magazine Article (September 1953): LONDON—The Deep River Boys will make their seventh Palladium appearance in the theater's fall show which begins mid-October. The team, Harry Douglass, Vernon Gardner, Edward Ware and pianist Cam Williams, has signed for nine weeks and will double in a late-night cabaret appearance at the Colony Restaurant.

Listen to this week's selections by The Deep River Boys on Beacon 9146 from 1952:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
          1. All I Need Is You
          2. Sleepy Little Cowboy
          BOTH played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
          1. All I Need Is You
          2. Sleepy Little Cowboy

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
          1. All I Need Is You
          2. Sleepy Little Cowboy

(From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2/17/49)

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


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