Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#733 (Week of 11/19/11 - 11/25/11)


"Caleb's Little Trumpet"/"Sugar Baby"
by The Bel-Aires
4 Shades Of Blue Orchestra
on Cormac CRS 1148
released in 1950


Very little information was found about The Bel-Aires. The small clipping, above left, is from The Billboard dated 11/25/50. The Bel-Aires did find themselves on another 4 Shades Of Blue release (Cormac CRS 1150) in December 1950.

(From The Billboard 1/7/50)

(From The Billboard 11/11/50)
Cormac started in mid-1949 as a country and western label and later delved into the "pop" field. A December 1950 Cormac advertisement shows the hierarchy as Wes McWain (President), Stan Comstock (Vice President), Paul Shibner (Sales & Promotion), Dick Martin (A. & R. Dept.), Allan Emig (Tecnical Advisor) and Randy Haynes (Radio & T. V. Dept.). A column dated 11/11/50 shows Shibner's name as Scheibner and that he had formerly been with the Crystalette label. A column dated 9/23/50 states that Johnny Durham is the new Musical Director for Cormac.

Cormac acquired Artist Records as a subsidiary in a stock merger in 1951. Artist was a west-coast label specializing in popular music.

Listen to this week's selections by The Bel-Aires on Cormac CRS 1148 from 1950:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
          1. Caleb's Little Trumpet
          2. Sugar Baby
          BOTH played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
          1. Caleb's Little Trumpet
          2. Sugar Baby

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
          1. Caleb's Little Trumpet
          2. Sugar Baby

Cropped from a 12/16/50
Cormac Ad

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


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