Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#725 (Week of 9/17/11 - 9/23/11)

"Be Sure"/"I've Got A Right To Be Blue"
by Madeline Greene And The Magichords
on Domino D-310/311
released in 1950

"If I Didn't Love You Like I Do"/"The Parrot And The Rooster"
by The Magichords
on Marlow 101
released in 1950


Above: Photo of Madeline Greene from the early 1940's.

Above: Domino Records clipping from the 1/14/50 edition of The Billboard magazine.

From The Billboard 12/17/49: Domino Blues Firm Revives, Inks Talent
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 — Domino Records, local blues-rhythm diskery formed early this year, has been re-organized and re-activated. H.B. Graham, one of the founders, has pulled out, and Seymour Goldblum, former manager of the Chubby Jackson band, has taken over as general manager. Other partners, with Goldblum, are Jimmie Robinson and Lloyd G. Newton. Rene Hall is music director.
Artists featured in the diskery's first releases under the new set-up include blues singer Max Bailey and orksters Eddie (Lockjaw) Davis and Buddy Tate. Bailey is signed exclusively with the label.

From The Billboard 1/14/50: Seymour Goldblum, general manager of Domino diskery, leaves January 6 on a Southern trip to line up distributors. Jim McCarthy is handling publicity and promotion for the label....

From The Billboard 2/4/50: Seymour Goldblum has inked the Erskine Hawkins vocalist, Madeline Greene, for his Domino label. The Magichords vocal group signed with the same diskery....

Trade Magazine April 1950: Domino Inks Madeline Greene, NEW YORK, April 1—Madeline Greene, former singing star of the Earl Hines and Lionel Hampton bands, has been signed to a recording contract with Domino Records. Miss Greene waxed her first session for the new indie with backing provided by the Magichords vocal group and an orchestra directed by Rene Hall. Lass's first release, slated for March 31, embraces two new "pop" hits, "I've Got A Right To Be Blue" and "Be Sure."

From The Billboard 5/27/50: Domino Records has inked young blues chanter, Google Eyes, thrush Madeline Greene and Buddy Tate and his crew in addition to appointing Rene Hall as firm's musical director....


Above: Label image of Domino D-310 released in March 1950. Madeline Greene also had six records (one side each) with Earl Hines Orchestra on Bluebird (1941-42) backed by The Three Varieties (aka Boys).

Composer Wilhelmina Gray was an actress, rhythm & blues singer who recorded for the Seeco label (1953) and had at least one release on M-G-M (1957), and songwriter (for Louis Jordan and others).

Above: Label image of Marlow 101 released in 1950.

The Magichords had one release with and one without Madeline on Domino (1950), two releases on Regal (1949), one release on Marlow (1950), and one on Tri-Tone (1952). Marlow may have been affiliated with the Domino label. They also backed Sylvia Vanterpool (later to become Little Sylvia whose correctly spelled last name is "Vanderpool") on two records (one side each) on Columbia (1950).

The composer, Julius Dixson, has 248 song titles listed at BMI, including "Dim Dim The Lights" (Bill Haley And His Comets), "I Dreamt I Dwelt In Heaven" (The Five Keys), and "Lollipop" (The Chordettes).

Listen to this week's selections: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
          1. Be Sure
          2. I've Got A Right To Be Blue
          3. If I Didn't Love You Like I Do
          4. The Parrot And The Rooster
          ALL FOUR played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
          1. Be Sure
          2. I've Got A Right To Be Blue
          3. If I Didn't Love You Like I Do
          4. The Parrot And The Rooster

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
          1. Be Sure
          2. I've Got A Right To Be Blue
          3. If I Didn't Love You Like I Do
          4. The Parrot And The Rooster

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

Madeline Greene


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