Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 5/25/02 - 5/31/02)


SPOTLIGHT ON THE CATS AND THE FIDDLE... PART ONE OF TWO!

"I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water"
by The Cats And The Fiddle
on RCA Victor 20-2795-B
released in 1948

[original issue on Bluebird B-8402 in 1940]

"I'll Always Love You Just The Same"
by The Cats And The Fiddle
on Bluebird B-8639-A
released in 1941

Photo Of The Cats And The Fiddle
[The above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]

Above: Photo of The Cats And The Fiddle. (L-R) Chuck Barksdale, Jimmie Henderson, Ernie Price, and Austin Powell. This is the probable identification, but any corrections gratefully accepted. This was the original line-up starting in 1937 and ending in late 1940 with Henderson's death.

Click HERE for an article about The Cats And The Fiddle by Marv Goldberg.
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RCA Victor Label-Cats And The Fiddle-1948 Bluebird Label-Cats And The Fiddle-1941
Above Left: Label image for RCA Victor 20-2795-B, recorded 6/27/39 and released January 1948. Note the label shows "Re-Issued By Request" (wonder who made the request... the RCA bosses?). This was originally released on Bluebird B-8402-B (see label image below) in April 1940. Powell sings lead and wrote the song.

Above Right: Label image for Bluebird B-8639-A, recorded 1/20/41 and released February 1941. The group at the time of this recording was Barksdale, Price, Powell, and Tiny Grimes (who sings lead and wrote the song).

Listen to this week's selections:

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

"I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" - Cats And The Fiddle - RCA Victor 20-2795 - 1948
"I'll Always Love You Just The Same" - Cats And The Fiddle - Bluebird B-8639 - 1941
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

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

"I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" - Cats And The Fiddle - RCA Victor 20-2795 - 1948 (file size=422KB)
"I'll Always Love You Just The Same" - Cats And The Fiddle - Bluebird B-8639 - 1941 (file size=454KB)



Bluebird B-8402-B Label Image
[The above label image provided by David Stockhoff.]


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