Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 5/27/00 - 6/2/00)

"Bend Of The River"
by The Four Fellows
on Derby 862
released in 1954

Photo Of The Four Fellows-Philly-1955
(All group photos and label images courtesy of Paul Ressler. Thanks, Paul!)

Above: Photo of The Four Fellows warming up in dressing room at Philadelphia Arena in 1955. (L-R) Teddy Williams, Jimmy McGowan (lead-standing), Larry Banks and David Jones. The Four Fellows were inducted into the UGHA Hall Of Fame on April 4, 1998.

Derby Label-Bend Of The River-Four Fellows-1954 Derby Label-I Tried-Four Fellows-1954
Above: The Four Fellows had their first record released on Derby, then moved to the Glory label for ten releases from 1955 to 1957. Their biggest was "Soldier Boy" which was a smash hit in 1955. They also backed up Bette McLaurin on two Glory releases in 1955.

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Hear Today, Here to Stay HEAR TODAY, HERE TO STAY
A Personal History of Rhythm and Blues

Autobiographical recounting by Jimmy McGowan, the lead singer of The Four Fellows ("Soldier Boy", etc.), of R&B Music in the 1950s. Includes a very nice selection of photos.

This is the expanded 2nd printing (1997) of the book that was initially sold out in 1983.

$24.95 (ppd)
Order from Akashic Press c/o Jimmy McGowan, Gloria Dei Plaza #121, 460 South Street, Newtown, PA 18940-1958, Telephone: (215)-497-9428

Apollo Photo Of The Four Fellows
Above: Collage of The Four Fellows on stage for a show at The Apollo in NYC.


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