Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 8/11/01 - 8/17/01)


"My Castle On The Nile"
by The Deep River Boys
(A) on Pilotone S45 5153
released in 1946
(B) on His Master's Voice B.10633
released in 1955

Photo Of The Deep River Boys Another Photo Of The Deep River Boys

Above: Two photos of The Deep River Boys (see identification below). The "Pilotone" group was George Lawson, Vernon Gardner, Rhett Butler, Edward Ware, and Cameron Williams on piano. The "His Master's Voice" group was Ray Durant, Al Bishop, Vernon Gardner, Jimmy Lundy, and Harry Douglass.

The following information from Lillemor Lewander added on 2/12/03:
Photo on Left (1952): (L to R) Harry Douglass, baritone; Carter Wilson, first tenor; Edward Ware, bass; Vernon Gardner, second tenor; and Cameron Williams, piano.
Photo on Right (1940): (Top L to R) George Lawson, second tenor; Harry Douglass, baritone; Edward Ware, bass; (Bottom L to R) Vernon Gardner, first tenor; Charlie Ford, piano.

Click HERE for an article about The Deep River Boys by J.C. Marion.


Pilotone Label-Deep River Boys-My Castle On The Nile-1946 His Master's Voice Label-Deep River Boys-My Castle On The Nile-1955
Above Left: Pilotone Label... recorded 7/18/45. This is part of a four record album #118 "Spirituals and Jubilees with The Deep River Boys". You will note that the song is slightly cut off at the end... same as the actual record. From the liner notes: "When sung by the Deep River Boys, (spirituals and jubilees) become more than traditional songs, they become outstanding musical classics. The reason for the success of these four singers and their pianist is constant effort to achieve perfect blending of voice and unusual vocal arrangements."

Above Right: His Master's Voice Label... recorded 5/23/55 in England. It was also released in the U.S.A. on the "X" label, LP LXA-1019, in January 1956.

[Recording dates and "X" label information provided by Ferdie Gonzalez]


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"My Castle On The Nile" - Deep River Boys - Pilotone - 1946
"My Castle On The Nile" - Deep River Boys - His Master's Voice - 1955
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"My Castle On The Nile" - Deep River Boys - Pilotone - 1946 (file size=454KB)
"My Castle On The Nile" - Deep River Boys - His Master's Voice - 1955 (file size=433KB)


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