Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#558 (Week of 3/8/08 - 3/14/08)


by Bon Bon
Accompanied By The Red Caps Trio
on Joe Davis 7192-A
released in 1945

by Steve Gibson
And The Original Red Caps
on RCA Victor 20-5013
released in 1952

Above: Clipping from The Billboard dated 6/2/45. George "Bon Bon" Tunnell had been with The Three Keys, who had releases on Columbia, Vocalion and Brunswick in the early 1930's. He also had some releases on Decca in the early 1940's as "Bon Bon And His Buddies."

Click HERE to view an article about The Red Caps by Marv Goldberg.
Click HERE to view an article about Steve Gibson & The Red Caps by J.C. Marion.
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[Above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]
Above: Photo of George "Bon Bon" Tunnell. Inscription: Feb 1947 To "Nikki" Someone I'll always remember because you're too sweet to forget - you are dance! you are poetry! Selah - Maxie

Above: Label images for Joe Davis 7192-A and RCA Victor 20-5013. Bon Bon had many releases on the (Joe) Davis label (1945-47), most backed by The Red Caps Trio (sometimes under the pseudonym "Park Avenue Trio"). The Red Caps Trio were Steve Gibson (guitar), Romaine Brown (piano), and either Israel Crosby or David Patillo (bass).

Along with Steve Gibson, the Original Red Caps on this record (above right) were Jimmy Springs, David Patillo, Romaine Brown, Emmett Matthews, and Damita Jo.

"Truthfully" is a Joe Davis composition which was also recorded by Dean Barlow using different lyrics and released on the Davis label (1956). It was also recorded by The Deep River Boys and released on Beacon (1952) and again on Jay-Dee (1954). All three labels were owned by Joe Davis.

Listen to this week's selections by The Red Caps... (1) Bon Bon and (2) Steve Gibson:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
[Above clipping courtesy of Galen Gart.]
       (1) Truthfully - Joe Davis 7192-A - 1945
       (2) Truthfully - RCA Victor 20-5013 - 1952
       BOTH SONGS played in sequence

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