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DEEP RIVER BOYS (Beacon 9143)

“TRUTHFULLY” (2:40)
“DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO ME” (2:33)

Top deck is a slow, smooth tune that’s treated to some good harmony by
the Deep River Boys. The lead chant and the soft blend make this an ok
side. The bottom dish is another slow ditty that comes out with a good
sound via the combined efforts of the boys. Ops might take a gander.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie8gGSuMDIc
https://archive.org/details/78_it-doesnt-make-sense-to-me_deep-river-boys-harry-douglas-vernon-gardner-edward-war_gbia0399016a

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THE MILLS BROTHERS (Decca 28021; 9-28021)

“YOU’RE NOT WORTH MY TEARS” (2:51)
“HIGH AND DRY” (2:34)

A pretty ballad that should kick up some noise is taken for a first class ride
via the inimitable blending of the Mills Brothers. The boys once again make
good use of their vocal harmony and belt out a potent lid. The second siding
is a bouncy thing that comes out as listenable fare. Our choice is the first half.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXkx09wdZSY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpIErywAMN0

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SLEEPER OF THE WEEK

DON CORNELL (Coral 60659; 9-60659)

“I’LL WALK ALONE” (3:02)
“THAT’S THE CHANCE YOU TAKE” (2:35)

Don Cornell makes his initial effort for Coral a winning one. The
material is of proven caliber as Don takes hold of a beautiful old
ballad and gives out with a strong and dramatic rendition. The
number labeled “I’ll Walk Alone” has a haunting melody that is
exploited fully by Cornell and the Norman Leyden orchestra. The
vocalist’s expressive chanting will receive added impetus from the
forthcoming picture “With A Song In My Heart.” Flip is another
attractive tune and once again Don dishes up a stirring vocal ver-
sion that should make the lid a strong contender. The orchestra
offers a top flight backing for this end to help round it out. Don
has the talent to create a number one hit and this top level should
be the side to do it. Ops oughta get with it now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY6Zy8aVl8Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNzcLmVF9kY

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BUDDY JOHNSON ORCHESTRA (Decca 27998; 9-27998)

“AT LAST” (3:05)
“ROOT MAN BLUES” (3:12)

An oldie that’s currently making lots of noise is eased through
on the top level by the Buddy Johnson orchestra with vocal
credits going to Arthur Prysock. The expressive chanting of
Prysock helps the number along. The under portion offers Geezil
Minerve with a rhythm and blues number that’ll go in the right
spots. We like the initial end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6xFIFd95l8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnJplqQzTc

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EDNA McGRIFF & BUDDY LUCAS (Jubilee 5073)

“HEAVENLY FATHER” (2:31)
“I LOVE YOU” (2:38)

A slow ballad is waxed impressively by Edna McGriff as she doles out
her own tune, “Heavenly Father.” Title might lead one to believe the
song is a religious number, but, while it is in a way, it is certainly given
a new twist in its treatment. Lyrics are timely, and Buddy Lucas and his
Band of Tomorrow provide a soothing backdrop as they offer their dra-
matic arrangement of this slow piece. The artists plus the material bring
in a waxing that will get a big share of the juke box play. Second side is
a slow blues that Edna McGriff and Buddy Lucas deliver in their slick style
resulting in a pleasant dish. The upper lid is loaded with possibilities and
ops should take a peek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CBUN47b3wE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF444YpHoa8

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FLUFFY HUNTER (Federal 12056)

“WALK RIGHT IN, WALK RIGHT OUT” (WALKING BLUES)
“LOVE IS A FORTUNE”

Jesse Powell drives out a spirited arrangement of “Walk Right In, Walk Right Out,”
subtitled “Walking Blues.” A fast moving jump number it is taken for an exciting spin
by the Powell Orchestra, as vocalist Fluffy Hunter chants the piece in raucus style.
Expressive lyrics that leave much to the imagination, do a great deal for the song.
Fluffy Hunter and the ork form a great combination, and with the material they have,
this should be a smash platter. This waxing will make some noise and should get lots
of play in the boxes. Under portion is a change of pace as the artists deliver a slow
blues jump. Fluffy gives the tune and lyrics a dramatic reading as the Jesse Powell
group sets the musical mood. The topside has the necessary ingredients for a solid
money maker and ops should get with this one fast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oKGc9xK2uU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=narRsuMpHEI

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PERCY MAYFIELD (Specialty 425)

“THE HUNT IS ON” (2:10)
“THE BIG QUESTION” (2:48)

Percy Mayfield drives out a slow jump number excitingly as he tells of
his hunt to find a woman and settle down to raise a family. Mayfield’s
vocalizing is grand and he has a cute set of lyrics to work with. The
second side is also a slow jump item that is handled masterfully by the
vocalist. Strong instrumental backdrop is provided on both decks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49CSnLwq1h0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA41wG64iBs

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LESTER WILLIAMS (Specialty 422)

“MY HOME AIN’T HERE” (2:32)
“I CAN’T LOSE WITH THE STUFF I USE” (2:10)

A real low down presentation of a slow beat ditty is belted out by Lester
Williams. Spirited lyrics and a strong instrumental assist help Williams
bring in a solid dish. The under deck is a faster number with Williams
dishing out the lyrics in a driving, shouty style. Ops should take a look
at this release.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_8uSOxHc00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH1z5a3EEng

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ZUZU BOLLIN (Torch 6910)

“WHY DON’T YOU EAT WHERE YOU SLEPT LAST NIGHT” (2:33)
“HEADLIGHT BLUES” (2:31)

Taking hold of a moderate jump piece with an infectious tune and exciting lyrics,
ZuZu Bollin smashes out a winner that should get many plays. The instrumental
backdrop is strong and Bollin comes through with a potent waxing. The lower lid
is a listenable slow blues tune sold in fine style by the artist. Our bet is the upper
deck and ops should listen to it soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp5PnOTu1Ps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mzba5xSpUg

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JOE BLACK (Coral 65079)

“LONELY EVENIN’ BLUES” (2:46)
“BUDD’S BOOGIE” (2:31)

Joe Black, on the top deck, assisted by his Boogie Woogie Boys,
presents a slow, low down blues piece. A dramatic arrangement
offers a hot guitar and moaning sax. The under side has Black
and his boys belting out a fast exciting boogie beat. Portions of
the waxing sound like a jam session. Ops might want to peek in.

https://archive.org/details/78_lonely-evenin-blues_joe-black-and-his-boogie-woogie-boys-joe-black_gbia0128271b
https://archive.org/details/78_budds-boogie_joe-black-and-his-boogie-woogie-boys-budd-johnson_gbia0128271a

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BYLLYE WILLIAMS (Theron 101)

“HANGOVER BLUES” (2:34)
“SALTY SIMPLE FOOL” (2:37)

A slow blues song is eased through the paces by Byllye Williams
on the top end. Miss Williams’ warm delivery is assisted by Joe
Johnson’s Music Mechanics who feature Lloyd Smith on the piano.
The under siding presents Miss Williams’ smooth warbling of her
own tune, a slow pleasing piece. To further display her versatility,
she does a workmanlike job on the ivories. Miss Williams aided
by a solid arrangement, brings in a potent platter.

both sides - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXnPnbaGtCk

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MARIE KNIGHT (Decca 48285; 9-48285)

“DOES JESUS CARE” (2:30)
“SIT DOWN SERVANT” (2:27)

A sacred number of moderate beat is given the Marie Knight treatment
as she sells this spirited piece dramatically. The lower portion is a fast
jubilee tune with an exciting arrangement. Marie Knight’s expressive
vocalizing of this rhythmic item receives strong musical backing. Ops
should take a look at the under lid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHfrcIhXVU4


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RED SAUNDERS & ORCHESTRA (Okeh 6862)

“HAMBONE” (2:28)
“BOOT ’EM UP” (2:54)

Red Saunders socks out his version of a tune currently making
noise and comes in with an exciting rendition. The orchestra
handles the spirited arrangement deftly, and the vocal is shared
by Dolores Hawkins and The Hambone Kids, who drive this number
home with dynamic force. Flip is a fast moving jump tune sold
in slick manner by Saunders and his group. We like the upper
plate and look for it to break fast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMV_pf52EGk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stGC8smd6D4

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Johnnie Ray Disk Second Biggest In Columbia History

NEW YORK— Sales of Johnnie Ray’s Columbia recording of “Cry”
and “The Little White Cloud” have passed the million-and-a-half
milestone, according to the company, to become one of the big-
gest single record best-sellers in its history. Only Gene Autry’s
perennial holiday hit, “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” with
a three-season total of more than 3,300,000 sales, exceeds the
Ray record in single disk volume. “Cry” has been the country’s
best seller for the past two months. Released early in November,
the record captured first place on the industry’s sales charts by
December 29th and sold more than 1,000,000 copies in less than
8 weeks. A hit sequel to his “Cry” success is the newest Ray re-
cording, “Please, Mr. Sun” and “Broken Hearted.” Climbing promptly
into the top sales and popularity brackets, a 600,000 sales mark in
six weeks is claimed for the disk. The supercharged singing stylist
has become one of the country’s top nightclub, theatre and tele-
vision attractions, skyrocketing from a $90 minimum scale to the
four figure salary bracket.

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