Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 5/4/02 - 5/10/02)


"I Shouldn't Love You But I Do"/"Shake Shake"
by Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes
on Skyscraper 1201
released in 1950

"I'm Lost"/"Saint Louis Blues"
by Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes
on Skyscraper 1202
released in 1950

Photo Of Buddy Hawkins And His Keynoters
[The above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]

Above: Photo of Buddy Hawkins (front left) And His Keynoters. Also known as The Key Notes, they were from Norfolk, VA. Evidently this group was previously known as The Songmasters, as Commodore #7555, "Please Tell Me Now" by Buddy Hawkins and The Songmasters was covered by The Flames on Selective on their first record. Buddy Hawkins left them shortly after the Skyscraper records and joined the Do Re Me Trio.

[All the information for this "record of the week" provided by George Moonoogian and Ferdie Gonzalez.]



Skyscraper Label-Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes-1950 Skyscraper Label-Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes-1950
[The above label images and related audio provided by George Moonoogian.]
Above: Skyscraper 1201, released in August 1950 and Skyscraper 1202, released in September 1950. #1201 was the first release on this label. By the end of the year, at least 50 numbers had been released. Writer's credit for "I'm Lost" reveals Buddy's first name is Alton. This song has a similar melody but different lyrics as the later "I'm Lost" by The Mello-Moods, written by René.

From David Celsi... the song "I'm Lost" recorded by The Mello-Moods, had been an early 1940's hit for Nat King Cole Trio with writer's credit to Otis René.
[It was released on Otis René's Excelsior label (#SC-105) in 1944]

Listen to this week's selections:

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

"I Shouldn't Love You But I Do" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1201 B - 1950
"I'm Lost" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1202 B - 1950
"Shake Shake" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1201 A - 1950
"Saint Louis Blues" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1202 A - 1950
"ALL FOUR SONGS" played in sequence

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

"I Shouldn't Love You But I Do" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1201 B - 1950 (file size=444KB)
"I'm Lost" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1202 B - 1950 (file size=417KB)
"Shake Shake" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1201 A - 1950 (file size=347KB)
"Saint Louis Blues" - Buddy Hawkins and Key Notes - Skyscraper 1202 A - 1950 (file size=417KB)



Skyscraper Records Ad
[The above ad image provided by George Moonoogian.]
Above: Billboard Magazine ad for Skyscraper Records from September 1950.

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