Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 6/18/05 - 6/24/05)


"Oh! Monah!"/"Chipping The Rock Of Blues"
by The Blue Chips
on Melotone 6-09-55
released in 1936


[Melotone and Perfect label images and audios provided by George Moonoogian.]

Above: Label for Melotone 6-09-55 recorded on June 5, 1936 in New York City. Not much is known about this self-contained vocal/instrumental group, except that a fellow named Norridge Mayhams was involved with them. There were three recording sessions, all in 1936, for the American Record Corporation (ARC) resulting in releases on Oriole, Perfect, and Melotone. There was also a December 1936 session for ARC with a related group named Norridge Mayhams and his Barbecue Boys.

For fun, compare this version of "Oh! Monah!" with that of Arthur Godfrey And The Mariners from 1954.

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

A) Click on an option below to listen to The Blue Chips using Streaming RealAudio.

Oh! Monah! - Melotone 6-09-55 - 1936
Chipping The Rock Of Blues - Melotone 6-09-55 - 1936
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

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

Oh! Monah! - Melotone 6-09-55 - 1936 (file size=487KB)
Chipping The Rock Of Blues - Melotone 6-09-55 - 1936 (file size=427KB)



MORE AUDIO SELECTIONS BY THE BLUE CHIPS:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

My Gal Sal - Perfect 6-08-60 - 1936
   Stream    Download (401KB)

I Want A Girl Medley - Melotone 7-01-58 - 1936
(Introducing "Let Me Call You Sweetheart")
   Stream    Download (444KB)

BOTH OF ABOVE IN SEQUENCE:   Stream

ALL FOUR SELECTIONS IN SEQUENCE:   Stream


WHO IS NORRIS?:

"Chippin' Rock Blues" by The Hipp Cats With Norris on Decca 7518 from 1938 is the same song as "Chipping The Rock Of Blues". Note that Norris is credited with writing this song. Could Norris be Norridge Mayhams? The singing voices don't sound the same, but perhaps a different member of The Blue Chips sang on the first one.




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