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"A Soldier's Prayer"
by William Cook
Accompanied By The Marshall Brothers
on Savoy 828-A
released in 1951


Photo Of William Cook

Above: Cashbox (2/20/54) photo of William Cook (4th from left) with The Harptones and Roy Hamilton (3rd from left). Cook was an R&B disk jockey at WAAT in Newark, NJ. He also owned a night spot in Newark called Cookie's Caravan and hosted a TV show on WATV named "Cook's Caravan".


Photo Of The Marshall Brothers

Above: Photo of The Marshall Brothers. (Top) Maithe Marshall (lead tenor), (Bottom L-R) Phil Shaw (tenor), Willis Saunders (baritone), and Raymond Johnson (bass). The group's name was derived from their great tenor lead singer, Maithe, who was previously with The Ravens. Raymond later moved on to replace Bill Brown in the Dominoes. Willis went on to form the Embers and record the spine tingling "Paradise Hill".


Savoy Label-A Soldier's Prayer-1951
Above: Label image for Savoy 828-A recorded on 11/28/51 and released in December 1951. William Cook performs the narration and Maithe Marshall does the tenor singing on this one. The Marshall Brothers also had two releases on Savoy (1951-52) without Cook.

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