"To Be Yours Forever"/"I'll Always Love You Some"
by The Top Notes
on Jubilee 6021
released in 1952
Above: 1952 photo of The Top Notes. The vocal/instrumental group consisted of pianist/leader Curtis Harmon, bassist Kenneth Mitchell, guitarist Arthur Long, and drummer Lester Nichols.
From The Billboard 6/14/52: ....Jubilee Records has pacted the Top Notes, Philadelphia group....
From The Billboard 8/25/52: ....The Top Notes, new unit formed by men formerly with Buddy Hawkins, set by the Jolly Joyce Agency, Philadelphia, at the Bowling Green Show Bar, Detroit.
From The Billboard 11/15/52: ....The Top Notes, Jubilee Records artists, take in a six-week return trip to the Castle Inn, Jenkintown, Pa., starting December 8. They are booked by the Jolly Joyce Agency, Philadelphia....
Above Left: Column from The Billboard dated 8/11/51.
From Marv Goldberg: It wasn't three of them that left Buddy Hawkins, but all four. I've compared the photo of the 4-man Top Notes to the 5-man Key Notes and I can account for all the members.
Above Right: Photo of Buddy Hawkins And The Key Notes from 1950. Buddy Hawkins (Bottom Left) joined The Do Re Me Trio after his Key Notes (aka Keynoters and possibly Songmasters) broke away.
Above Left: Jubilee Records clipping from The Billboard dated 9/13/52.
Above Right: Clippings from The Billboard dated (Top) 8/25/21 and (Middle) 7/31/54. Review from The Billboard dated 11/8/52.
Above: Label image of Jubilee 6021 released in November 1952. This is the second of two releases The Top Notes had on Jubilee (1952). All four sides were recorded in the same session (with a gap of one matrix number).
Listen to this week's selections by The Top Notes on Jubilee 6021 from 1952:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
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1. To Be Yours Forever
2. I'll Always Love You Some
BOTH played in sequence
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