Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#658 (Week of 3/27/10 - 4/2/10)

"My Baby"/"Wig Blues"
by The Melody Masters
on Apollo 379
released in 1946

Above: Clipping (The Billboard/April 5, 1947) of The Melody Masters, who were actually The Southern Sons, a gospel group. Members were Danny Owens and Pico Payne (lead tenors), James Waters (baritone), Cliff Givens (bass), and Eric Miller (guitar). This was the second of Cliff Givens' three Southern Sons formations. Givens also sang with The Ink Spots and The Dominoes.


Above: The Melody Masters' Danny Owens (upper right) was a member of The Coleman Brothers, The Southern Sons and then The Four Tunes, all groups that recorded for Manor Records. Above corresponding clippings are from 2/9/46, 8/30/47 and 8/2/47.

Above: Label image of Apollo 379 recorded on October 31, 1946 and released in December of that year. Prolific songwriter Rudolph Toombs composed both sides. As The Melody Masters, they had three releases on Apollo, one each in 1946, 1947 and 1948. However, all of these sides were recorded in late 1946.

Listen to this week's selections by The Melody Masters on Apollo 379 from 1946:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

          1. My Baby
          2. Wig Blues
          BOTH played in sequence

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          1. My Baby
          2. Wig Blues

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          1. My Baby
          2. Wig Blues

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