Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 9/29/01 - 10/5/01)


"Bell Bottom Trousers"
by The Four Blues
on DeLuxe 1000-A
released in 1945

Photo Of Four Blues
[The above photo provided by David Stockhoff]

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), Ganzetter Thompson (electric guitar), Joseph Gardner (piano and vibraharp) and Carroll Jones (vocalist).

DeLuxe Label-Four Blues-Bell Bottom Trousers-1945
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).

DeLuxe Label-Four Blues-Chittlin's And Pigs Feet-1945 DeLuxe Label-Four Blues-The Things You Want The Most Of All-1945
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 on the flip side, "Oh Daddy, Please Bring That Suitcase In", 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 Records Ad


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.


Ad - Four Blues At Club 845
[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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