Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 8/9/03 - 8/15/03)


"My Love Has Gone"
by Chris Powell And The Five Blue Flames
on Columbia 39407
released in 1951


Photo Of Chris Powell And The Five Blue Flames
[The above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]

Above: Photo of Chris Powell And The Five Blue Flames.


Echo's 'Gone' Vocal Naturally So
Article/Photo - Chris Powell And The Five Blue Flames
Chicago--If you've heard Chris Powell's Columbia record of In the Cool of the Evening and My
Love Has Gone, you'll understand why this statement appeared in the Beat's July 27 record reviews:
"Gone features a vocal by Johnnie Echo, who turns out to be a female member of The Five Blue
Flames, the accompanying group on both sides." Johnnie, it turns out, is the guy fourth from the left,
above. He claims the voice is natural, too, and not a falsetto. Powell, a graduate of Syracuse
university and the John Kirby and Mal Hallett bands, is the drummer. Bill Jennings plays guitar;
James Johnson, bass; Vance Williams, tenor; Duke Wells, piano, and Eddie Lambert is the guitarist
at the right. They're all at the Paradise club in Atlantic City.
Above: Article from Downbeat Magazine.
[This article and the review (below left) passed on from Marv Goldberg]
Marv informs: "Johnny Echo" is Johnny Leak. Tenor sax player is Vance Wilson, not Williams. The second voice on "My Love Is Gone" is pianist Harold "Duke" Wells, not Powell (as stated in the review).

Downbeat Magazine Record Review Columbia Label-My Love Has Gone-1951

Above Left: Record review from Downbeat Magazine dated July 27, 1951 (see retraction and comments above).

Above Right: Label image of Columbia "My Love Has Gone" recorded on 2/2/51 and released in May 1951. Chris Powell And The Five Blue Flames had eight releases on Columbia (1949-51) and four on Okeh (1951-52).


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ANOTHER PERFORMANCE BY CHRIS POWELL AND THE FIVE BLUE FLAMES

Okeh Label-Blue Boy-1952

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