Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#773 (10/27/12 - 11/9/12)

CLASSICS - PART FIFTEEN

"I'll Be Forever Loving You"/"I Began To Realize"
by The El Dorados
on Vee-Jay 165
released in 1955


Above: 1955 photo of The El Dorados consisting of (Back L-R) Louis Bradley (tenor), James Maddox (baritone/bass), Jewel Jones (tenor/baritone), Richard Nickens (baritone/bass) and (Front Center) Pirkle Lee Moses (tenor).

Click HERE for an article about The El Dorados by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: 1954 photo of The El Dorados consisting of (Back L-R) Jewel Jones (tenor/baritone), Pirkle Lee Moses (tenor), Richard Nickens (baritone/bass), Arthur Basset (tenor), James Maddox (baritone/bass), and (Front Center) Louis Bradley (tenor).



Above: Vee-Jay Records clippings from: (Left) The Billboard dated 11/6/54 and (Right) The Billboard dated 3/5/55.







Above: Vee-Jay Records clippings from: (Left) The Billboard dated 8/6/55 and (Right) The Billboard dated 1/7/56.


Above Left: Vee-Jay clipping from December 1955. Here they are pushing the "I Began..." side and in a later ad they pushed "I'll Be Forever..." (see 1/7/56 clipping further above). There is a different ad in Billboard (12/3/55) that shows both sides, with "I'll Be Forever..." getting top billing.

Above Right: Label image of Vee-Jay 165 released in November 1955. The shown side was recorded on 10/21/55 and the flip on 4/24/55. Pirkle Lee Moses sings lead on both sides. This is the fifth record by The El Dorados, including one side backing Hazel McCollum, of eleven on Vee-Jay (1954-58).

Trade Magazine Article (December 1955): ...."Open the Door" Richard Stams, colorful deejay on WGES (Chicago), recounting demands by listeners who want to hear "I'll Be Forever Loving You" by the El Dorados. Word has it that the "At My Front Door" boys have bought themselves a brand new station wagon and are now traveling in style....

The Billboard Review (12/3/55):

I Began To Realize (79) The boys sob out a dramatic vocal interpretation on a moving theme, with a powerful performance by the lead singer.
I'll Be Forever Loving You (76) A swingy rendition of a bouncy rhythm ditty with a solid beat.

(NOTE: Ratings had a range of 0-100 with 70-79 as "good.")

Listen to this week's selections by The El Dorados on Vee-Jay 165 from 1955:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          1. I'll Be Forever Loving You
          2. I Began To Realize
 
          BOTH played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          1. I'll Be Forever Loving You
          2. I Began To Realize

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
          1. I'll Be Forever Loving You
          2. I Began To Realize

(45 rpm label scan provided by Dave Saviet)

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


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