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(Week of 4/7/01 - 4/13/01)


"You're The Dream Of A Lifetime"
by Bill Johnson and his Musical Notes
on RCA Victor 20-2498-B
released in 1947

"Let's Be Sweethearts Again"
by Bill Johnson and his Musical Notes
on RCA Victor 20-2591-B
released in 1947

Photo Of Bill Johnson

Above: Photo of Bill Johnson (lead vocals, alto sax). His Musical Notes were Gus Gordon (lead vocals, drums), Egbert Victory (piano), Clifton Best (guitar), and Jimmy Robinson (bass fiddle).

From 'America's Record Stars' magazine (circa early 1950's): "Bill Johnson has been prominent in the music business for many years before he started his own 'Musical Notes' combo. In 1936, Bill took the lead alto sax with the Erskine Hawkins band and remained with the Hawk until 1943. It was while he was with Hawkins that Bill penned his now famous 'Tuxedo Junction', a hit no blues lover will ever forget. Bill and his 'Musical Notes' record exclusively for RCA Victor."

(Photo of Bill Johnson and above information provided by George Moonoogian)


RCA Victor Label-You're The Dream Of A Lifetime-Bill Johnson and his Musical Notes-1947 RCA Victor Label-Let's Be Sweethearts Again-Bill Johnson and his Musical Notes-1947
Above Left: Recorded 8/6/47. The group's sixth of eleven releases on the RCA Victor label (1947-48). Note that label states "and Trio". This is the same song that The Flamingos recorded for Parrot in 1953.

Above Right: Recorded 11/8/47. The group's seventh release. Note that this label states "and Quartet".

Gus Gordon sings lead and the group harmonizes on both of these sides.

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