Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#808 (3/1/14 - 3/14/14)


"Paint A Sky For Me"
by Viola Watkins
(And The Crows)
on Jubilee 5095
released in 1952

Above Left: Super Disc ad from The Billboard dated 1/3/48 featuring Viola Watkins. Billboard review of Super Disc 1047... "Vocal by Watkins makes disk above average." Her first record was on Chicago's Ebony label released in 1945.

Above Right: MGM buys out Super Disc per The Billboard dated 7/3/48. Billboard review of MGM 10344... "Thrush does a lively vocal and piano bit...engaging..." Viola had two releases each on Super Disc (1948) and MGM (1948-49).

(Reference Links:   Billy Eckstine)

Above: 1953 photo of The Crows (L-R Top) Bill Davis (baritone/tenor), Harold Major (tenor), Daniel "Sonny" Norton (lead), (Bottom) Gerald Hamilton (bass). The group backing Viola Watkins on Jubilee also included Jerry Wittick (tenor), who left soon afterward.

Click HERE for an article about The Crows by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: "Promotional" column from New York Age newspaper dated 3/4/50 touting Jubilee Records' accomplishments. The article has no byline, but from the content could well have been written by Jerry Blaine himself. The picture of Mr. Blaine is from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle dated 8/15/37.

(Reference Links:   The Balladeers)

Above: Jubilee clipping from The Billboard dated 9/13/52.

(Reference Links:   The Orioles     The Marylanders     Edna McGriff     Sonny Til     The Top Notes     The Enchanters)

Above: Clippings from (Left) The Billboard dated 10/25/52 and (Right) Herald Statesman newspaper (located in Yonkers, NY) dated 2/7/58.
Above: Label image of Jubilee 5095 released in September 1952. The flip is a duet with Viola Watkins and Otis Blackwell, but no vocal group backing. She had one other release, as a single artist, on Jubilee (1949). She also sang with The Crows on one side (Seven Lonely Days) on Rama Records (1953). She is co-composer of The Crows' big hit "Gee" on Rama, and plays piano on it.

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