Vocal Group Record Of The Week
#842 (7/4/15 - 7/17/15)

"Malena"/
"I'll Never Tire Of You"
The Bombers
on Orpheus A1101-A/AA
released in 1955

"Troubles Of My Own"/
"Stop Fooling Around"
Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks
on Federal 12092
released in 1952


[The above photo courtesy of Bonnie Moore, George Comfort and Todd Baptista. (Copyright 2002 - All Rights Reserved)]
Above: The Bombers, 1956, clockwise from top, consisted of Bowling Mansfield (first tenor), Cecil Dandy (second tenor), Ellison White (bass), and George Comfort (baritone). Mansfield, White, and Comfort, along with Buell Thomas, had been The Four Jacks on the Federal label (1952).


ORPHEUS RECORDS

Above: (L-R) John Arcesi, Leo Mesner and Eddie Mesner.

Orpheus Records was formed in late 1955 by John Anthony Arcesi, a singer and song-writer. His goal was to develop and record other artists. The label was also intended as a vehicle to record some of his own compositions. Tony Conti, Chick Johnson and Chris Darcy are some of the aliases that Arcesi used for composing. Johnson shows up as composer credit on "Malena," while Darcy appears on the flip side of the record. For the second record released by The Bombers, "Two Time Heart" is co-composed by Johnson (BMI shows John Arcesi) with Ellison White also getting credit, and "Sentence Of Love" is co-composed by Johnson (BMI shows Tony Conti).

A trade magazine column dated February 4, 1956 states that Aladdin toppers, Leo and Eddie Mesner, had recently formed the new labels Jazz West and Ultra (name changed to Dig) and "in addition to the above firms, the Mesners are currently operating Aladdin, Score, Lamp and Orpheus Records." Had they purchased Orpheus from Arcesi? Or is the article mistaken and the Mesners were actually "distributing" Orpheus or had no involvement at all?

In the February 23, 1959 issue of The Billboard, a column "28 MORE JOIN LABEL PARADE" includes Orpheus Records, located at 1107 North El Centro Avenue, Los Angeles, as one of the "newcomers." Had the label been re-activated? Also listed in this article is Con-Quer Records at the same address. Was this a subsidiary of Orpheus or a different company at the same location?



Above: Label image of Orpheus A1101-A released in December 1955. This is the first of two records by The Bombers, the second released in June 1956.

The Billboard Review (2/16/56):

THE BOMBERS - ORPHEUS 1101
I'll Never Tire Of You
(74) Pop-type song is intoned by a rich bari lead and good group backed by organ and rhythm. Can make some noise if it gets properly pushed.
Malena (68) Great bass lead on this side, but the material is stronger on the flip.

(NOTE: A ratings range of 70-79 was considered "good" and 60-69 "satisfactory.")




(Left) From Jet Magazine 7/24/54.

(Right) From Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper 5/15/54.


***************************************************************************************************
From California Eagle Newspaper 9/30/48:

CHIRPS LIKE A BIRD, LOOKS LIKE A LENA!

Lovely and talented Shirley Haven, San Francisco born actress-singer who was chosen out of a cast of 700 University students to sing at the World's Fair in 1939, has been given a supporting role in the soon-to-be-released all-Negro picture, "No Time For Romance," starring Eunice Wilson, has been around Hollywood for quite some time. She has appeared in several MGM roles and was last seen in "The Show Off."

She has one of the best voices in show business and was advisor of the first King Cole Trio fan club. Miss Haven's picture also adorned the pages of Ebony magazine in 1946*.

She's lovely to look at and chirps like the nightengale who sang in Berkeley Square!

***************************************************************************************************

Shirley was an actress in at least six movies (1948-1959). She also appeared in the musical stage production "Jump, Jive N' Jam" in 1946. And, in 1954, she was part of the first all-black entertainment package to perform for the U.S. troops in Korea.

(*NOTE: Shirley Haven's picture is in the April 1946 Ebony magazine. If anyone has access to this magazine, please contact me.)




Above: Label image of Federal 12092 recorded on February 26, 1952 and released in August 1952. Shirley had one other side backed by The Four Jacks on Federal (recorded on the following day), "Sure Cure For The Blues," released in May 1952. The flip of "Sure Cure..." is "I Ain't Coming Back Anymore" by Cora Williams And The Four Jacks.

The Billboard Review (9/6/52):

SHIRLEY HAVEN-FOUR JACKS - FEDERAL 12092....
Stop Fooling Around
(68) Shirley Haven, with the help of the Four Jacks, turns in an effective performance of a routine jump item. Performance is better than material.
Troubles Of My Own (60) Disking shows off a lot of vocal tricks on the part of the thrush and the Four Jacks as well. Vocal effects, however, don't cover-up the weakness of the effort.

(NOTE: A ratings range of 40-69 was considered "satisfactory.")


EXTRA AUDIO (Windows Media Player):

Picture At Far Left: Lil Greenwood from April 1960.

Listen to "Never Again" - Lil Greenwood And The Four Jacks - Federal 12093 - 1952.

Listen to "Grandpa Can Boogie Too" - Lil Greenwood And The Four Jacks - Federal 12093 - 1952.

Federal 12093 was recorded on April 25, 1952 and released in August 1952. It is the second of two records where Lil was backed by The Four Jacks, the first on Federal 12082, recorded in the same session and released in June 1952.

The Billboard Review (9/6/52):

LIL GREENWOOD-FOUR JACKS - FEDERAL 12093....
Grandpa Can Boogie Too
(74) The thrush does a strong job on this bouncy, fast-tempo novelty, as she explains about her grandpa, who is still young for his age. This driving item could catch a few coins.
Never Again (68) The Greenwood gal socks over a good vocal on a spiritual-styled ballad, but is not helped by the material. Thrush can belt out a tune, and with the right material, she may break thru someday.

(NOTE: A ratings range of 70-79 was considered "good" and 40-69 "satisfactory.")




Listen to this week's selections by The Bombers on Orpheus A1101 from 1955 and Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks on Federal 12092 from 1952:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          1. Malena
          2. I'll Never Tire Of You
          3. Troubles Of My Own
          4. Stop Fooling Around
 
          ALL FOUR played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          1. Malena
          2. I'll Never Tire Of You
          3. Troubles Of My Own
          4. Stop Fooling Around

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
          1. Malena
          2. I'll Never Tire Of You
          3. Troubles Of My Own
          4. Stop Fooling Around

Shirley Haven - February 1953
      [To download audio files, right-click on link and then select "Save (Link) Target As..."]


PREVIOUS RECORDS OF THE WEEK!


Back to Main Page

Last Updated: July 4, 2015

E-mail Me:



This site is non-commercial. All information displayed is provided to further the general public's knowledge of RnB vocal group harmony.