Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 11/3/01 - 11/9/01)


"Someone Over Here Loves Someone Over There"
by The Four Tones
on Preview A-666
released in 1945

"Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat"
by The Four Tones
on Bluebird B-11408-A
released in 1942

Photo Of The Four Tones

Above: Photo of The Four Tones, who (at the time of this Bluebird recording) should be Johnnie Porter, lead; Leon Buck, tenor; Rudolph Hunter, baritone; Ira Hardin, baritone & guitarist; and Lucius "Dusty" Brooks, bass (photo, in front).

Preview Label-Someone Over Here Loves Someone Over There-The Four Tones-1945 Bluebird Label-Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat-The Four Tones-1942
Above Left: Preview A-666 Label, Released 1945. This was The Four Tones' first of two releases on Preview.

Above Right: Bluebird B-11408-A Label, Released 1/42. See below for the story about this song.


Listen to this week's selections:

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

"Someone Over Here Loves Someone Over There" - Four Tones - Preview A-666 - 1945
"Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat" - Four Tones - Bluebird 11408 - 1942
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

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

"Someone Over Here Loves Someone Over There" - Four Tones - Preview A-666 - 1945 (file size=390KB)
"Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat" - Four Tones - Bluebird 11408 - 1942 (file size=481KB)

FOR THE FOUR TONES' OTHER RECORD ON THE PREVIEW LABEL, PLEASE CLICK HERE"


Make Believe Ballroom Label-Four Tones
THE STORY OF "DREAMBOAT":

"Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat" was composed by Leon René, Otis René, and Emerson Scott. The Four Tones originally recorded it for the René brother's Make Believe Ballroom label (see image at left)! The label was named after the famous west coast radio show of Al Jarvis, where The Four Tones supposedly first sang it. This version was released in October 1941.

In the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper dated 11/1/41, a photo shows Leon René presenting this record to the Four Tones.

Decca Label-Ink Spots
An 11/22/41 issue of the same paper has this blurb: "The song, "Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat", may hit #1, and has been covered by the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and is to be recorded by The Ink Spots"!

Indeed, in November 1941, the song was released by The Ink Spots on the Decca label (see image at left).

Shortly after, The Four Tones re-recorded the song for Bluebird, who released it in January 1942. Note that The Eddie Beal Trio are on both the Make Believe Ballroom and Bluebird versions.


[Most of the information contained in this page, as well as the Make Believe Ballroom label image, was provided by George Moonoogian]

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