Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 12/22/01 - 12/28/01)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY [December 22, 2001] [from: G. M. HOOKER]

Hey gang! Another year has passed, and he goes on and on in his dedication to those great, old R&B sounds! He doesn't get OLDER, just BETTER! So...one, two, three..."HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" [I've withheld his age...I don't have THAT many fingers and toes!]

(Thank you to George Moonoogian for the images, audio, and concept for this week's "Record of the Week"!)

"Today Is Your Birthday"
by The Sugar Tones
on Onyx 2007
released in 1951

Onyx Ad Photo Of Sugar Tones

Above: This photo of The Sugar Tones is from a 1951 ad for Onyx 2009. Very little is known about this superb group consisting of three males and a dynamite female lead.

Onyx Label-The Sugar Tones-1951
Above: Onyx 2007. The Sugar Tones' version was originally released on Onyx in September of 1951, making it the original. It was later re-recorded for the OKeh label. Between 1951 and 1954, they cut at least seven singles for the Onyx, OKeh, and Benida labels!

Jubilee Label-The Enchanters-1952 Checker Label-Leon D. Tarver And Chordones-1954
Above Left: Jubilee 5072. The Enchanters were an all female quartet from Queens, New York featuring the lead voice of Della Simpson; with Pearl Bryce, second tenor; Frances Kelley, bass; and Rachel Gist, first tenor. Their version of this song was a cover, released in February of 1952. While they were an all female quartet, the bridge talking part is handled by a strong, but unknown, male voice. They had cut two sides for Jubilee when the group began to split up. Della found two replacements, and taking her name, they began recording as The DellTones for Rainbow.

Above Right: Checker 791 (released in January 1954). Leon D. Tarver, AKA Leaner "Lance" Tarver, was originally Leander Tarver, who had formerly sung with The Cardinals back in 1952! He made a couple of later sides such as this fine R&B jumper with a vocal group called the Chordones. He also sang and played piano as a solo, Leon Tarver, on Blue Lake.


Listen to this week's selections:

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

"Today Is Your Birthday" - The Sugar Tones - Onyx 2007 - 1951
"Today Is Your Birthday" - The Enchanters - Jubilee 5072 - 1952
"I'm A Young Rooster" - Leon D. Tarver And The Chordones - Checker 791 - 1954
"ALL THREE SONGS" played in sequence

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

"Today Is Your Birthday" - The Sugar Tones - Onyx 2007 - 1951 (file size=433KB)
"Today Is Your Birthday" - The Enchanters - Jubilee 5072 - 1952 (file size=487KB)
"I'm A Young Rooster" - Leon D. Tarver And The Chordones - Checker 791 - 1954 (file size=438KB)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL WHO HAD ONE, OR WILL HAVE ONE, IN 2001!

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