|THIS PAGE INCLUDES THREE OF THEIR "SOUNDIE" VIDEOS TRANSFERRED DIRECTLY FROM THE ORIGINAL 16MM FILMS.|
ALSO, AUDIO OF THEIR RENDITION OF "SHORTNIN' BREAD" FROM ARMED FORCES RADIO SERVICES TRANSCRIPTION DISC.
Above and Below, (L-R) "Day," "Dawn" and "Dusk."
The trio consisted of Eddie Coleman, Bob Caver and Gus Simons.
COLLECTORS ITEMS (Released in March 1946)
(From The Billboard Dated 3/23/46)
A. Stream RealAudio...
1. Basin Street Blues - 805 A
2. Rigoletto In Harlem - 805 B
3. Mein Stetela Belz - 806 A
4. Bones, Bones, Bones - 806 B
ALL FOUR played in sequence
(From The Billboard Dated 4/13/46)
SLEEP KENTUCKY BABE
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VIEW VIDEOS (TRANSFERRED DIRECTLY INTO MP4 FORMAT FROM THE ORIGINAL 16MM FILMS): FAUST RIGOLETTO SLEEP KENTUCKY BABE
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DAY, DAWN AND DUSK ON THE RADIO:
Listen to "Shortnin' Bread" by Day, Dawn And Dusk using Windows Media Player. It is from the Armed Forces Radio Services "Jubilee" radio show, recorded in New York City on a 16-inch transcription disc in December 1943. Ralph Cooper is the show's host. Thank you to Dan Haefele for providing this gem.
(Text on back of above photo): Sepian counterparts of the Ritz Brothers are the Brethren Day, Dawn and Dusk, the droll, madcap threesome now featured in the entertainment at the Ruben Bleu. Although they originally teamed up as a singing trio when they met as members of the Hall Johnson Choir, Day, Dawn and Dusk's natural flare for comedy soon found its way into their act.
They were headliners abroad before war broke out, having come here from Sweden, after interrupting a thirty-week engagement, shortly after the invasion of Poland. The boys still have a contract for a twenty-week stint in a Stockholm hot spot, collectable after the war.
They also were popular in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti, England and Denmark. All three are fluent in about four foreign tongues, and they can handle an operatic number like "La Donna E Mobile" as deftly as they can swing a hepcat tune.
Their real names are Gus Simons (Day), Bob Carver (Dawn) and Eddie Coleman (Dusk).
(At Left and Below are from the Amsterdam News dated 1/7/39):
Bob, Eddie and Gus, who recently returned from eight years in Europe to head the "Swede and Hot" revue at the Garbo, an exclusive night spot on East Forty-Eigth Street, probably the only place of its kind in America where Negro entertainers sing Swedish folk tunes.
The trio, which appeared in Harlem recently on The Amsterdam News benefit show at the Apollo Theatre, sang before King Gustav V of Sweden at a command performance and made a hit. Their act was also the first foreign attraction ever to be engaged by a cabaret in that country.
(NOTE: Yes, the article clearly states "eight years." Can anyone confirm or contradict that the trio actually goes back to at least 1931?)
FROM AUSTIN CASEY: These guys started out in the "Kentucky Singers," an octet formed in 1926 by a man named Forbes A. Randolph. They toured and recorded in Europe in the early 1930s.
(Left: The Billboard 3/25/44)
(Above: Buffalo Courier Express 7/10/44)
(Right: New York Sun 11/27/46)
(The Billboard 5/23/43)
(The Billboard 4/29/44)
(The Billboard 9/21/46)
(The Billboard 10/25/47)
(The Billboard 5/29/48)
(Pittsburgh Courier 10/8/49)
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