Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#721 (Week of 8/20/11 - 8/26/11)

SPOTLIGHT ON JOHNNY BRAGG

"Two Strangers"/"Love You-Love You-Love You"
by The Marigolds
on Excello 2061
released in 1955


    

Above: Photos of Johnny Bragg, lead singer of The Prisonaires and The Marigolds, from (L-R) 1953, 1953, 1959 and 1964.

Click HERE for an article about Johnny Bragg at the African American Registry website.
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Above: Photo of Johnny Bragg from 2001 (with yours truly).


    


Above: Ad and Review from the 8/27/55 and 8/13/55 issues, respectively, of The Billboard magazine.

    











Above: Columns from the (Left) 6/8/59, (Top Right) 8/14/65, and (Bottom Right) 11/21/70 issues of The Billboard magazine.


    
Above Left: Ad from the 7/30/55 issue of The Billboard magazine

Above Right: Label image of Excello 2061 released in July 1955. This is the second record of three by The Marigolds on Excello (1955-56). Their first, "Rollin' Stone," was a nice hit for them. Johnny Bragg had at least one solo release on Excello (1956).

Robert Riley, who composed "Two Strangers" for Johnny's first group, The Prisonaires, also wrote "Rollin' Stone," and co-composed "Just Walkin' In The Rain" with Johnny. (Audio of the unreleased version of "Two Strangers" by The Prisonaires is provided below) The flip "Love You-Love You-Love You," with a melody somewhat borrowed from "Hearts Of Stone," was written by Johnny.

Listen to this week's selections by The Marigolds on Excello 2061 from 1955:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          1. Two Strangers
          2. Love You-Love You-Love You
          3. Two Strangers (The Prisonaires)
 
          ALL THREE played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          1. Two Strangers
          2. Love You-Love You-Love You
          3. Two Strangers (The Prisonaires)

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
          1. Two Strangers
          2. Love You-Love You-Love You
          3. Two Strangers (The Prisonaires)

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




The Marigolds


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