Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 12/16/06 - 12/22/06)
(Added Dolly Dawn, Varsitones and C-Notes pictures and information, along with the January 13, 2017 Wes Layne interview.)


"Your Not Worth My Tears"/
"Be Anything (But Be Mine)"
Dolly Dawn And The C-Notes
on Jubilee 6002
released in 1952

Above: Dolly Dawn. Click HERE for information about Dolly Dawn at the Peter Sando website. (Will open in a separate window)

Above: The C-Notes (L-R) Ronnie Irwin, Charles Hiller, Jane Griffis, Wes Lay, and Mort Hillman. Wes Lay changed his name to "Wes Layne" later in the 1950s.

Above: The C-Notes (From Cincinnati Times Star newspaper, January 1952).

Caption with the above picture:
The C-Notes of Cincinnati, singing quintet, are to appear Monday at 8:30 p.m. over CBS on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, according to Wes Lay, leader of the group. Wes, former member of Ralph Flanagan's "Singing Winds" and Johnny Ziegler's "Varsitones," is bottom right in the picture, the young man above him being Mort Hillman. The other two men are Ronnie Irwin and Charlie Hiller. Jane Griffis is the girl.

Wes writes from the Hotel Henry, New York, where the group is staying, that Bill Nimmo also lives there and that R.D. Wilbur, former WLWer and brother of Jimmy Wilbur, has been most helpful with the group. Wilbur is currently with WINS.

The C-Notes have arranged many auditions with various agencies and shows, according to Wes, who says that the group merely piled into his auto and left Cincinnati Jan. 5, were auditioned by Godfrey last Tuesday, and were picked to appear this Monday.


This is an edited conversation between Wes Layne (The C-Notes)
and Tony Fournier (The Vocal Group Harmony Web Site).

Listen to THE WES LAYNE INTERVIEW using Windows Media Player.

Listen to Great Day - The C-Notes - Test Pressing - 1952 using Windows Media Player.

(The photo of Wes Layne was provided by Amber Layne. She also contributed with the research.)

(The Great Day label image and audio track are courtesy of the "people vs. dr. chilledair" blog.)

(The clipping at far right is from the Salt Lake Tribune dated 3/5/51.)

(Wes Layne - 2017)

Above: The Varsitones (From Cincinnati Inquirer newspaper dated June 22, 1950). (L-R) Jack Gutjahr, Barbara Busch, John Ziegler, and Wes Lay.

Caption with the above picture:
The Varsitones, Cincinnati singing group, are featured on WLW-T's new summer quiz show, "Get On The Line." Formerly singers on the other two local video stations, the quartet use a style similar to that of the Modernaires.

Cincinnati Enquirer, August 9, 1950: The Varsitones, a quartette composed of Jack Gutjahr, Wes Lay, John Ziegler, and Barbara Butsch [sic?], jackpot winners on the Horace Heidt show, are to entertain the Cincinnati Executives Association at noon Monday at the Hotel Sheraton-Gibson.

Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS), December 3, 1950: ....wmalph Flanagan has added a vocal group to his organization, the first since he organized his band. To be called the Singing Winds (also title of the Flanagan theme song), the group is composed of three lads from Cincinnati University and the feminine vocalist, Lynn Tilton. Miss Tilton, who replaces Hope Zee, is a cousin of veteran vocalist, Martha Tilton.

Morning News (Wilmington, DE), March 22, 1951: ....wmalph Flanagan, one of dancedom's brightest new stars, and his orchestra will be the steller attraction on Easter Sunday (at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City)....The Flanagan aggregation includes the "Singing Winds," a new vocal quartet composed of three men, Jack Gutjahr, Wes Lay, and John Ziegler, and comely Lynn Tilton....

(From The Cash Box dated 3/22/52)

(Brooklyn Daily Eagle dated 6/9/50)
Above: Label image for Jubilee 6002. This is the only known record released by The C-Notes. Above right is a picture of Dolly Dawn. She had at least one other record on Jubilee (#6036), "It's Too Soon To Know," released in 1953, but without vocal group backing.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 11, 1951: CASA SEVILLEóDolly Dawn, with a new hair color, new figure, new gowns, and some pleasant small talk (also new for her) to go along with her old singing voice, is the "name" act and a pleasant one, in the Spring revue which opened last week at Casa Seville in Franklin Square. She puts a lot of zing into the show.

Listen to this week's selections by Dolly Dawn And The C-Notes:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

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     Your Not Worth My Tears - Jubilee 6002 - 1952
     Be Anything (But Be Mine) - Jubilee 6002 - 1952

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     Your Not Worth My Tears - Jubilee 6002 - 1952
     Be Anything (But Be Mine) - Jubilee 6002 - 1952

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     Your Not Worth My Tears - Jubilee 6002 - 1952
     Be Anything (But Be Mine) - Jubilee 6002 - 1952

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     At left is a clipping from the 1943 Billboard Music Year Book.


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