Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 10/2/04 - 10/8/04)


"The Honeydripper"/"Baby, Are You Kiddin'?"
by Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra
And Delta Rhythm Boys
on Decca 23451 A/B
released in 1945


[The above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]

Above: Photo of The Delta Rhythm Boys. (Back L-R) C. Holland, Lee Gaines, (Front L-R) Traverse Crawford, Rene DeKnight (piano), Carl Jones.

Click HERE for a short article about The Delta Rhythm Boys by J.C. Marion.



[The above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]
Above: Photo of Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Lunceford studied music at Fisk University and City College in New York City and then taught music in Memphis. In 1935, after several "hot" recordings, he achieved a national reputation as an outstanding black swing band. In the early 1940s, his orchestra released several vocal group harmony recordings featuring The Lunceford Quartet.


Above: Label for Decca 23451 A ("The Honeydripper"), both sides recorded on August 9, 1945 and released in September 1945. This was a cover of Joe Liggins' big hit released earlier in 1945. Blues singer Roosevelt Sykes (who was aka "The Honey Dripper" as early as 1937) also scored a hit with this tune in 1945.

Listen to this week's selections: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

A) Click on an option below to listen to Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra And Delta Rhythm Boys using Streaming RealAudio.

"The Honeydripper" - Decca 23451 A - 1945
"Baby, Are You Kiddin'?" - Decca 23451 B - 1945
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

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

"The Honeydripper" - Decca 23451 A - 1945 (file size=487KB)
"Baby, Are You Kiddin'?" - Decca 23451 B - 1945 (file size=471KB)


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