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"But She's My Buddy's Chick"
by The Delta Rhythm Boys
on Decca 18911 A
released in 1946

Cover Of The Billboard
[The above cover image and related feature story provided by George Moonoogian.]

Above: Cover of The Billboard dated July 27, 1946. The Delta Rhythm Boys shown in the photo are (Top) Lee Gaines, (Middle L-R) Carl Jones, Rene DeKnight, Kelsey Pharr, (Bottom) Traverse Crawford.
Caption reads: "DELTA RHYTHM BOYS Not Sweet--Not Hot--Just Rolling, Jumping Syncopation".

The Billboard Cover Feature, July 27, 1946:
"Back in '35, five students at Dillard University, New Orleans, formed a combo known as the Frederick Hall Quartet (four voices and a piano) that built quite a rep thruout Southern and Middle Western schools and churches. Their music was full, rich and deep and based on slicked-up versions of well-known Negro spirituals and folksies. After graduation the combo went to South America and blazed a 10-month boff trail thru Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima. Meanwhile they changed their name to the Delta Rhythm Boys, taking their cue from their distinctive style.

Two of the original five -- Lee Gaines, bass, and Traverse Crawford, bary -- are still with the group. Carl Jones, first tenor and arranger; Kelsey Pharr, bary, and Rene DeKnight, pianist and arranger, are replacements. Gaines has written and collabbed on such hit tunes as Take The A Train and Just a-Sittin and a-Rockin'.

One of the top combos in showbiz today, the Delta boys have headlined clubs, theaters and radio shows. They were frequently featured on the Amos 'n' Andy program (NBC) for 36 weeks last season. After their guest shot on the Carnation Milk seg July 29 they open at the Chanticleer, Baltimore, for four weeks."

For a short article about The Delta Rhythm Boys by J.C. Marion, please click HERE.

Decca Label-Delta Rhythm Boys-1946
Above: Label image for Decca 18911 A recorded 5/17/46 and released in July 1946.

The Delta Rhythm Boys had releases mainly on Decca (1941-57) and RCA Victor (1947-53), but also Musicraft (1949), Atlantic (1949-50), and Mercury (1952).

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Photo Of The Deeps And Deltas
Above: Sweden, 1952
(Standing L-R) Deep River Boys - Edward Ware, Carter Wilson, Harry Douglass, Vernon Gardner, Cameron Williams.
(Seated L-R) Delta Rhythm Boys - Carl Jones, Cliff Holland, Lee Gaines, Rene DeKnight, Traverse Crawford.


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