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#747 (Week of 3/3/12- 3/9/12)

THE FOUR TOPPERS ON TRANSCRIPTION DISCS - PART TWO

"Thursday Nite In Harlem"/"Jump, The Water's Fine"/
"Jivin'"/"You Drove The Gloom Away"
by The Four Toppers
on KBS 76 Transcription Disc
released in 1941


    

Above: The Four Toppers still shot from the 1940 movie "Mystery In Swing." (Left-Right) Richard Davis (baritone), Jimmy Springs (tenor), David Patillo (tenor), and Steve Gibson (bass). They are singing "Jump, The Water's Fine."

Click HERE for an article about The Red Caps (including The Four Toppers) by Marv Goldberg.
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[The above photo provided by Jean-Christophe from France.]
Above: The Four Toppers in a circa 1941 photo. (Left-Right) Jimmy Springs, Steve Gibson, David Patillo, and Richard Davis.


    
Above: The Four Toppers still shot from the 1940 movie "Son Of Ingagi." (Left-Right) Richard Davis, Jimmy Springs, David Patillo, and Steve Gibson. They are singing "You Drove The Gloom Away."


    
Above: Three of The Four Toppers in a close-up from the 1940 movie "Son Of Ingagi." (Left-Right) Jimmy Springs, David Patillo, and Steve Gibson. These three plus Romaine Brown and Doles Dickens became The Five Red Caps in 1943.


    
    
[Above are from DVD video provided by Bill Proctor.]
Above: The Four Toppers still shots from the 1941 movie short "The Toppers Take A Bow." They are singing "Jump, The Water's Fine." In three of these pictures, they are wearing full-length swimming suits with Springs and Patillo in woman's suits! Other songs in this short film are "My Dreams Of You," "Great Moon God," and "Go Find Somebody New."


    
Above: Label image of KBS 76 released in 1941. Keystone Broadcasting System provided transcription discs to a coast-to-coast network of radio stations starting in the early 1940s. The flip side is KBS 75 and is "semi-classical" selections.

"Jivin’" is the same song as the Cats And The Fiddle’s "Killin’ Jive." "Thursday Nite In Harlem" is the same song as the Basin Street Boys' "Thursday Evening Swing." Both were done by these groups in the 1938 movie "The Duke Is Tops." Steve Gibson was a member of The Basin Street Boys.

"Jump, The Water’s Fine" is a different version than in "Mystery In Swing" or their 1941 short film "The Toppers Take A Vow." "You Drove The Gloom Away" is a different version than in "Son Of Ingagi."

Listen to this week's selections by The Four Toppers on KBS 76 from 1941:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          1. Thursday Nite In Harlem
          2. Jump, The Water's Fine
          3. Jivin'
          4. You Drove The Gloom Away
 
          ALL FOUR played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          1. Thursday Nite In Harlem
          2. Jump, The Water's Fine
          3. Jivin'
          4. You Drove The Gloom Away

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
          1. Thursday Nite In Harlem
          2. Jump, The Water's Fine
          3. Jivin'
          4. You Drove The Gloom Away


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

Click HERE for THE FOUR TOPPERS ON TRANSCRIPTION DISCS - PART ONE.
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