Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 1/15/05 - 1/21/05)

"I Ain't Gonna Study War No More"
by Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra
Vocal Chorus by Lunceford Quartet and Dandridge Sisters
on Columbia 35567
released in 1940

[The above left photo provided by Paul Ressler.]

Above Left: Photo of The Lunceford Quartet with Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra. The vocal quartet, who were also instrumentalists in Jimmie Lunceford's Orchestra, consisted of Gerald Wilson, Willie Smith, Joe Thomas and James "Trummie" Young. In 1935, after several "hot" recordings, Lunceford (at far right in photo) achieved a national reputation as an outstanding black swing band. In the early 1940s, his orchestra released several vocal group harmony recordings featuring The Lunceford Quartet. In mid-1940, Lunceford recorded four sides with The Dandridge Sisters.

Above Right: Photo of The Dandridge Sisters. They were Dorothy Dandridge, her sister Vivian, and Etta Jones. The Dandridge Sisters performed throughout the country, including the Cotton Club with Cab Calloway, and also toured Europe. Between 1936 and 1939, they performed in three movies. They broke up in 1940.

Above: Label for Columbia 35567 recorded on June 19, 1940 and released later in 1940. Here are two vocal groups featured on the same song, neither getting top billing!

Click on an option below to listen to "I Ain't Gonna Study War No More" by Lunceford Quartet and Dandridge Sisters using Windows Media Player. [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

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