Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#620 (Week of 6/6/09 - 6/12/09)


"The Big Leg Mama's Fine"
by Hollywood's Four Blazes
on Excelsior FB-111
released in 1945

"That's A Good Little Old Deal"
by Hollywood's Four Blazes
on Excelsior FB-109
released in 1945


Above: Clipping from March 31, 1945 Billboard Magazine.

BILLBOARD MAGAZINE "RECORD REVIEWS"
Jan. 5, 1946 — Hollywood's Four Blazes, taking in piano, guitar, bass and drums, are on a King Cole Trio kick in their offering. However, the foursome have a measure of individuality that is as easy to take as the Cole unit. With the piano and guitar for the instrumental noodling, and the entire group for the singing, the foursome spin with plenty of lifto for their own Harlemese jive ditties in The Big Leg Mama's Fine and That's A Good Little Old Deal. For the mood ballads, I Never Had A Dream To My Name and Love Will Bloom In Paris This Spring, there is plenty of nostalgic flavor in the bary piping of Connie Jordan, the drummer man. All four sides should spin like blazes at the race locations.



Above: Clipping from March 15, 1945 Billboard Magazine. The Excelsior label was owned by Otis René. Exclusive was owned by his brother, Leon René. Preview doesn't seem to be related to either of these labels, although The Four Tones recorded for Preview and also for the René brother's Make Believe Ballroom label.


Above: Label images of Excelsior FB-111 and Excelsior FB-109, the first two of three releases they had on Excelsior (1945). Group members, as shown on the labels, were Connie Jordan (drums), Ulysses Livingston (guitar), La Grand Mason (bass), and George Crawford (piano). Both flip sides feature Jordan's singing without harmony backing.

They also had three releases, as The Four Blazes, on the Melodisc label (1946) and many AFRS Jubilee transcription discs (1943-48) as The Four Blazes/Hollywood Four Blazes (Henry Tacky replacing Jordan on a few of these). And they had one release on Lamplighter (1946) as The Hollywood Four Blazes with Roy Potter replacing Connie Jordan.

They are a different group than The Four Blazes/The Blasers on United, The Five Blazes on Aristocrat, The Hollywood Flames or The Hollywood Four Flames.

Listen to this week's selections by Hollywood's Four Blazes from 1945:
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