(Week of 9/29/01 - 10/5/01)
(Updated on 7/28/15)



"Bell Bottom Trousers"/"I'm Gone"
by The Four Blues
on DeLuxe 1000-A/B
released in 1945

(Also DeLuxe 1001 and 1002)

Above: Photo of The Four Blues. They also recorded gospel music as The Golden Echo Quartet. The members for the DeLuxe recordings were James Starkes (stand-up bass), Ganzyetter Thompson (electric guitar), Joseph Gardner (piano and vibraharp) and Carroll Jones (drums).

Click HERE for an article about The Four Blues by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: DeLuxe 1000 Label (Released May 1945). The Four Blues had several records released on DeLuxe in 1945. They also had two releases on Decca (1941-42) and three on Apollo (1948-50).

Above Left: DeLuxe 1001 Label (Released June 1945). Three of the four sides on DeLuxe 1000/1001 show Thompson-Gardner-Jones-Starkes-Leib as composers. Leib was probably Joseph Leibowitz, DeLuxe's Recording and Talent Manager.

Above Right: DeLuxe 1002 Label (Released August 1945). Label shows Ann Dupont-Clarinet and The Four Blues.

Listen to this week's selections:

A) Click on an option below to listen to Streaming RealAudio.

"Bell Bottom Trousers" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1000-A - 1945
"I'm Gone" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1000-B - 1945
"Baby I Need A Whole Lot Of Everything" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1001-A - 1945
"Chittlin's And Pigs Feet" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1001-B - 1945
"The Things You Want The Most Of All" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1002-A - 1945
"Oh Daddy, Please Bring That Suitcase In" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1002-B - 1945
"ALL SIX SONGS" played in sequence

B) Click on an option below to listen to Downloading RealAudio.

"Bell Bottom Trousers" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1000-A - 1945 (file size=422KB)
"I'm Gone" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1000-B - 1945 (file size=427KB)
"Baby I Need A Whole Lot Of Everything" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1001-A - 1945 (file size=514KB)
"Chittlin's And Pigs Feet" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1001-B - 1945 (file size=476KB)
"The Things You Want The Most Of All" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1002-A - 1945 (file size=401KB)
"Oh Daddy, Please Bring That Suitcase In" - Four Blues - DeLuxe 1002-B - 1945 (file size=454KB)



DeLuxe was located in Linden, NJ and owned by David and Jules Braun.

In September 1947, after DeLuxe had incurred financial problems, King Records (Cincinnati, OH) purchased 51% of DeLuxe. In early 1951, King acquired the Braun's remaining interest in DeLuxe, which then officially became a King subsidiary.

Some of the early artists released on DeLuxe:

Billy Eckstine, Al Russell Trio, Four Blues, Benny Carter, Southern Jubilee Quartet, Revelairs, Paul Gayton, Annie Laurie, Roy Brown, Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, Little Miss Cornshucks, and Soul Comforters.











[The above ad provided by George Moonoogian]
Above: Ad dated 6/1/46 from New York Amsterdam News. The Four Blues at the Club 845 in the Bronx, NY.

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