Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#617 (Week of 5/16/09 - 5/22/09)


"My Blue Walk"/"Baby I'm Gone"
by The Four Shades Of Rhythm
on Old Swing-Master 13A/B
released in 1949

Above: 1947 photo of The Four Shades Of Rhythm (L-R) Oscar Lindsay (drums), Oscar Pennington (guitar), Eddie McAfee (piano), and Eddie Meyers (bass).

Click HERE for an article about The Four Shades Of Rhythm by Marv Goldberg.
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[Above image courtesy of Marv Goldberg.]
Above: 1949 clipping of The Four Shades Of Rhythm (L-R) Claude Williams, Oscar Lindsay, Eddie McAfee, and Eddie Myers.

Above: Label image of Old Swing-Master 13 recorded in December 1947 and released in March 1949. Oscar Lindsay sings lead on both sides. The Four Shades Of Rhythm had three releases on the Old Swing-Master label (1949) and one earlier release on the Vitacoustic label (1948). Ferdie Gonzalez' Disco-File shows at least six of these eight sides were recorded in December 1947. The "V" in the matrix numbers indicates these were Vitacoustic masters.

(Old) Swing-Master, a subsidiary of Master Records, was a Chicago Label owned by Egmont Sonderling, who also owned the parent company, United Broadcasting.

Billboard Clipping:
Vita Receiver Hits New Snag
CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 1948 Current attempt by Bill Putnam, Universal Records prexy, who is serving as receiver for Vitacoustic Records, to liquidate Vita assets, hit a snag this week when Egmont Sonderling, of United Broadcasting, claimed that Vita masters now in his possession would not be turned over until liens which he has against them were made good. Sonderling's recording studios were utilized to make approximately 90 per cent of the Vita masters, and Sonderling is demanding that his recording costs be paid before he releases a master. Putnam; Howard Moses, attorney for Vita creditors, and Sonderling will meet next week to see if arrangements can be made to loosen some of the masters....

Listen to this week's selections by The Four Shades Of Rhythm on Old Swing-Master 13 from 1949:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

          My Blue Walk
          Baby I'm Gone
          BOTH played in sequence

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          My Blue Walk
          Baby I'm Gone
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          My Blue Walk
          Baby I'm Gone

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