Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#623 (Week of 6/27/09 - 7/3/09)

"My Friends"/"I've Got Eyes"
by The Strangers
on King 4697
released in 1954

[Above photo courtesy of Marv Goldberg.]

Above: 1954 photo of The Strangers, consisting of (L-R) Woodrow Jackson, bass; John Brizant, pianist and arranger; William Clarke, second tenor; Pringle Sims, first tenor; and John Grant, baritone.

Click HERE for an article about The Strangers by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: King Records clipping from May 1954 extolling the elixir value of The Checkers and The Strangers.

Above: Label image of King 4697 recorded on 12/28/53 and released in January 1954. This was The Strangers' first of six records, all on Cincinnati's King label (1954-55). "My Friends" is led by John Grant and the flip by William Clarke, both with high tenor help from Pringle Sims. Both sides list all group members as composers.

Trade Magazine Clipping: April 1954—King Records has four big ones going on 125th Street. They are Bill Doggett's soothing "Eventide," the Midnighter's "Work With Me Annie," Lula Reed's "Watch Dog" and the Strangers' "My Friends."

Listen to this week's selections by The Strangers on King 4697 from 1954:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
Above: Their last record (August 1955)

          My Friends
          I've Got Eyes
          BOTH played in sequence

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          My Friends
          I've Got Eyes 
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          My Friends
          I've Got Eyes

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The King Records clipping is courtesy of Galen Gart.