Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 5/18/02 - 5/24/02)


TRIBUTE TO THE MILLS BROTHERS... PART ONE!
(Special Series Of Selected 1930's Recordings, Presented Intermittently Over The Next Few Months)

"Tiger Rag"/"Nobody's Sweetheart"
by The Mills Brothers Quartet
on Brunswick (England) 1229
released in 1931

Photo Of The Mills Brothers

Above: Photo of The Mills Brothers. (L-R) Herbert, Donald, Harry, and John Sr. (who replaced John Jr. after Jr.'s death in 1936).


Brunswick Label-Mills Brothers Quartet-1931 Brunswick Label-Mills Brothers Quartet-1931
Above: Label images for Brunswick 1229-A and B (Made in England). This came out on Brunswick 6197 in the USA. It is The Mills Brothers' first record, recorded on 10/9/31 and released in December 1931.

As displayed on the labels, "No musical instrument or mechanical devices used on this recording other than one guitar". John Jr. played the guitar and simulated a bass, tuba, and third trumpet. Harry simulated first trumpet. Herbert simulated second trumpet, saxaphone, and trombone. Donald did most of the lead singing duties.

Besides simulated instruments, the above two sides feature "scat" singing.

Listen to this week's selections:

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

"Tiger Rag" - Mills Brothers Quartet - Brunswick 1229-A - 1931
"Nobody's Sweetheart" - Mills Brothers Quartet - Brunswick 1229-B - 1931
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

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

"Tiger Rag" - Mills Brothers Quartet - Brunswick 1229-A - 1931 (file size=276KB)
"Nobody's Sweetheart" - Mills Brothers Quartet - Brunswick 1229-B - 1931 (file size=357KB)

FOR ANOTHER EARLY MILLS BROTHERS RECORD, "PUT ON YOUR OLD GREY BONNET", PLEASE CLICK HERE.


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