Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 11/12/05 - 11/18/05)


"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
by Ella Fitzgerald And Delta Rhythm Boys
on Decca 23670 A
released in 1946

Five Kings of Rhythm and a Queen
[Above newspaper clipping provided by Richard Koloda.]

Above: Newspaper clipping from November 2, 1946: Shown smiling in the above informal picture are six of the grooviest stardusters on the rhythm horizon today. The Delta Boys and Ella Fitzgerald have teamed together on some of the finest recordings released in the past few years. Notable among these are their smooth jobs on "For Sentimental Reasons" and "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight" soon to be released by Decca. The Deltas (Traverse Crawford, Kelsey Pharr, Lee Gaines, Carl Jones, and Rene DeKnight) are also riding the crest of the radio waves what with appearances on two of the nation's top commercials (radio networks) weekly, they have definitely hit the jackpot. PS You can hear 'em on both the Joan Davis Show and Amos N' Andy sessions of tomfoolery.

Photo (L-R): (Top) Traverse Crawford, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Gaines, Carl Jones, (Bottom) Kelsey Pharr, and Rene DeKnight.

Above: Decca 23670 A Label recorded on 8/29/46 and released in October 1946. Decca released four sides by Ella and The Deltas (1945-46). The Delta Rhythm Boys also backed Fred Astaire (1941), Mildred Bailey (1941) and Ruth Brown (1950). William "Pat" Best, the composer of this song, was baritone singer and guitar player in vocal groups for over fifty years, starting with The Brown Dots in 1945.

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In 2000, Pat Best received a Special
Citation of Achievement presented by
BMI for "over one million broadcast
peformances attained by I Love You
For Sentimental Reasons". In 1946-47,
Nat King Cole scored a number one
pop hit with this song and versions
by Dinah Shore and Eddie Howard
both reached number two.

Pat also composed a million seller with
I Understand (Just How You Feel).

Partial List Of Pat's Compositions:
Sentimental Reasons
Let's Give Love Another Chance
You're Heaven Sent
I Want To Be Loved (But Only By You)
Is It Right?
Where Is My Love
Sometime, Someplace, Somewhere
Don't Cry Darling
Wrapped Up In A Dream
All My Dreams
Take My Lonely Heart
You're A Heartache To Me
How Can You Say I Don't Care
I Understand (Just How You Feel)


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