Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 6/15/02 - 6/21/02)


"Find 'em, Fool 'em And Forget 'em"/"Choo Choo Bop"
by Doles Dickens And His Quintet
on Decca 48115
released in 1949

"Rock And Roll"/"Hold Me, Baby"
by Doles Dickens And His Quintet
on Decca 48110
released in 1949

Doles Dickens And The Whispers
[The above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]

Above: Photo of Doles Dickens And The Whispers. Does anyone know if this is also the Doles Dickens Quintet on Decca? Dickens is playing the bass fiddle. He was previously with The Five Red Caps and The Red Caps Trio.

NOTE: The following information about Doles Dickens is supplied by Bob Javors:

Doles Dickens recorded these Decca tracks in New York City in 1949. Doles Dickens, bass; Joe Gregory, vocals; rest unknown.

Doles Dickens began his recording career in 1940, on bass fiddle, with the Eddie South Orchestra. He left them in mid-1943 when he joined The Five Red Caps. He cut a few records with them for Beacon and stayed on with them until 1946 when he went on his own. He waxed for Superdisc, Continental and Gotham in the mid-1940's with his own jazz quartet, featuring Herbie Scott, Reuben Cole and Dickie Thompson, then moved to New York in 1949 to record for Decca.... At the same time, he played bass in sessions for Piano Red. He recorded in 1954 as Doles Dickens and the Strangers, and made records at least into the soul years of the mid-1960's, acting as musical director. In 1964 he became a studio session man for the Gotham label, backing up some pop singers.



Decca Label-Doles Dickens Quintet-1949 Decca Label-Doles Dickens Quintet-1949
Decca Label-Doles Dickens Quintet-1949 Decca Label-Doles Dickens Quintet-1949
[The above label images and below audio files provided by Paul Ressler.]
Above: Label images for Decca 48115 and 48110, recorded and released in 1949. All four sides were recorded in the same session. The Doles Dickens Quartet/Quintet had at least one release each on Continental (1947), Super Disc (1947) and Gotham (1949). There were also at least three more releases on Decca by them in 1951.

Listen to this week's selections:

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

"Find 'em, Fool 'em And Forget 'em" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48115B - 1949
"Choo Choo Bop" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48115A - 1949
"Rock And Roll" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48110B - 1949
"Hold Me, Baby" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48110A - 1949
"ALL FOUR SONGS" played in sequence

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

"Find 'em, Fool 'em And Forget 'em" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48115B - 1949 (file size=390KB)
"Choo Choo Bop" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48115A - 1949 (file size=384KB)
"Rock And Roll" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48110B - 1949 (file size=374KB)
"Hold Me, Baby" - Doles Dickens Quintet - Decca 48110A - 1949 (file size=481KB)


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