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(1985/See For Miles) 16 Titel, 1954-1962 The Deep River Boys are unique in that they are...plus

The Deep River Boys: Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (LP)

(1985/See For Miles) 16 Titel, 1954-1962

The Deep River Boys are unique in that they are probably the only American act to record regularly in the UK during the 1950s. The, British recordings for the HMV label demonstrate their versatility far more than their American counterparts, and it was in the UK that the Deeps first came to grips with rock'n'roll. This compilation LP, 'Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie'• features 16 of the, HMV recordings and encompasses spirituals, blues, ballads and novelty songs as well as healthy doses of rock'n'roll. The mainstay and lead vocalist of the Deep River Boys is Harry Douglass, who was born in Bridgeville, Delaware in 1916. He went to the Hampton Institute and, in 1936, the baritone Douglass teamed up with three other members (tenors Vernon Gardner and George Lawson and bass Edward Ware) to form a vocal quartet. They won a hundred dollars in a radio contest and they then did some theatrical work for the famous producer, Josh Logan. The powerfully-built black actor Rex Ingram took them on a promotional tour for his film 'The Green Pastures' and he named them the Deep River Bo,, calling them after a well-known spiritual 'Deep River'. The Deep River Boys had their ups and downs but eventually they has a regular radio programme on CBS. An old schoolfriend. Charlie Ford, worked as their arranger and pianist and soon they had an expansive repertoire. They first recorded in 1940 and amongst their early titles are 'Cherokee', '1 Wish I Had Died In My Cradle' and 'My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice'. The last-named was also recorded as a .soundie' for a visual juke-box, so who said that videos were new? Harry Douglass and the Deeps' second arranger/ pianist Ray Duran were drafted in 1940. They expanded the, musical horizons by organising troop shows and at one stage they had a choir of 80 performing the spiritual 'Ezekiel Saw The Light'. The Deep River Boys continued in their absence and they were handled by Ed Kirkeby, who had managed Fats Waller. Douglass rejoined the group in 1946• but Ray Duran didn't return until 1955, the pianist/arranger till that time being Cameron Williams. The Deep River Boys recorded some popular singles for RCA but, unlike the Ink Spots (If I Didn't Care', 'Whispering Grass') and the Mills Brothers Mazy River'• 'Paper Doll), they didn't have those all-embracing hits. When the Deep River Boys came to Europe in 1949, they immediately found success in Scandinavia and the UK. They made the first of many appearances at the London Palladium and, M 1952, they were included in a Royal Variety Performance. They became familiar to the British public through their regular concert dates and their own programmes on Radio Luxembourg. Ed Kirkeby asked record producer Walter Ridley to take the Deep River Boys into the studio and their first HMV single was the plaintive ASH. OF ROSES. Wally Ridley recalls, "We really did get off to a tremendous start with 'Ashes Of Roses'. It was selling furiously but the factory then went on strike and so no more records could be pressed. By the time that we had got the record back on the market, other things had come along and we had lost it. If it had been serviced correctly, 'Ashes Of Roses' would have been a Top 10 record."

The Deep River Boys had some good sales with the oddball 'Lucky Black Cat' and then turned to rock'n'roll for 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'. The original version by Joe Turner had a suggestive lyric which was modified by both Bill Haley and the Deep River Boys. For example, "You wear those dresses, the sun somas shining through" becomes "You wear those dresses, your hair done up so nice". Nowadays, in our liberated society, it would be the opening lines ("Get out in the kitchen and rattle those pots and pans") that would need to be rewritten. 'Shake, Rattle And Roll' had a big band arrangement but they followed Bill Haley more closely on their next single, 'Rock Around The Clock', although their version also contains some delightfully madcap piano playing. Bill Haley's version sold 25 million copies worldwide and was the first single to sell a million copies in the UK alone.' wondered if Wally Ridley had seriously thought that the Deeps could take Haley on? 'No, no. no, but in those days when an opposition record company had an item that was rated a success, you did a cover. You got some sales if it was by an established act and also because they sometimes ran out of stock as we did. And you shoudn't think of the Deep River Boys purely in this country's terms. They were selling records in Scandinavia, France and Germany.' Despite having lost out twice to Bill Haley, the Deep River Boys went for a hat-trick with a cover version of Haley's own song, 'Rock-A-Beatin' Boghie'.  Although the, version was not a hit, it was hugely enjoyable and enabled them to display their vocal talents. But recording the Deep River Boys was not without its problems as Wally Ridley recalls, 'You have to remember that the Deep River Boys were stage performers rather than studio performers. Harry Douglass never stands still for a second when he's working and so, when you get his in a studio, you have to say, 'Harry, don't go off the mike like that' and so you limit his performance. I did my best with him but in those days the mikes were enormously directional and the singer had to be within three inches of the specified place'. In December 1956 the Deep River Boys made their first and only appearance in the UK charts when 'That's Right' entered for just one week at No. 29. The Sid Phillips Band gave the record a pleasant New Orleans feel, but the lyric about kangaroos and zebras meant it was more of a novelty. The B-side, 'Honey, Honey' is totally bizarre but wonderfully entertaining. The A-side of their next single 'Whole Lotta Shkin' Goin' On' was peculiar for a different reason. Although it is theoretically the same song as the one Jerry Lee Lewis recorded, the two records are markedly different. The Deep River Boys are performing the original version of the lyric, which was also recorded by Roy Hall, Delores Fredericks and the Commodores. Jem Lee improvised wildly when he recorded the song, and his record became so successful that the original treatment is scarcely known today. For the, next single the Deep River Boys, declared that they were 'Not Too Old To Rock 'n'Roll' although, ironically, the B-side 'Slow Train To Nowhere' was dance band material which suggested that they were. 'Slow Train To Nowhere' opens with a humorous reference to 'Such A Night' and Wally Ridley still praises Sid Phillips' arrangements. "Sid WAS a genius on the clarinet and a marvellous, marvellous, completely brilliant musician. He's the only man I've seen who could dictate parts off the top of his head. He would say, 'First alto, you play a crotchet in B' and so on for the first eight bars. Then he would do the same with the tenor and the other instruments. Then they'd play it and it would be perfect. The big bands begged Sid to go to America but he wouldn't because he couldn't see or play cricket there." The Deep River Boys made their best rock'n'roll record 'Itchy Twitchy Feeling' in 1959 but their record didn't sell particularly well because of competition from Bobby Hendricks, a former member of the Drifters whose version was a US hit, Charlie Drake, and Chem Wainer, the organist from 'Oh Boy!'. My notes have concentrated on the, rock'n'roll sides, but there are ma, other facets to the Deep River Boys. Their roots were A gospel music and this album contains their version of the spiritual 'I Shall Not Be Moved'  in which they share the lead vocals. Also in the LP is 'Settle Down', a folk song with a gospel feel, and the strange 'Adam Never Had No Money' on which they were solely backed by a guitar. They assume the roles of children and conclude that Adam only sinned because he didn't have a mother to keep him in his place. The Deep River Boys sing the blues with a big band scoring of the justly famous 'St. Louis Blues'. The sudden change of tempo transforms the song and the whole record has been skillfully thought out. They show their humour with 'Smack Dab In The Middle', which, incidentally, was written by Charles Calhoun, who performed as Jew Stone and also wrote 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'. 'Just A Little Bit More' also has jazz leanings, this time with some nice wordless vocalising in the middle 'Itchy Twitchy Feeling' was the Deep River Boys' final single for HMV but they continued to record throughout the years and they still come to Europe Harry Douglass alternates his work in the Deep River Boys with other projects and of late he has been starring in a Cotton Club revue. Next year will be their fiftieth anniversary so isn't it about time they became the Deep River Men?
Spencer Leigh (Presenter, BBC Radio Merseyside)

Propriétés de l'article: The Deep River Boys: Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (LP)

  • Interpret: The Deep River Boys

  • Titre de l'album: Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (LP)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Année de publication 1985
  • Label SEE FOR MILES

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 5014661005514

  • Poids en kg: 0.2
Deep River Boys, The - Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (LP) LP 1
01 Not Too Old To Rock & Roll The Deep River Boys
02 That's Right The Deep River Boys
03 Shake, Rattle And Roll The Deep River Boys
04 Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie The Deep River Boys
05 Just A Little Bit More The Deep River Boys
06 Adam Never Had No mammy The Deep River Boys
07 Settle Down The Deep River Boys
08 Itchy Twitchy Feeling The Deep River Boys
09 I Shall Not Be Moved The Deep River Boys
10 Slow Train To Nowhere The Deep River Boys
11 Ashes Of Roses The Deep River Boys
12 St. Louis Blues The Deep River Boys
13 Honey Honey The Deep River Boys
14 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On The Deep River Boys
15 Smack Dab In The Middle The Deep River Boys
16 Rock Around The Clock The Deep River Boys
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"The Deep River Boys"

The Deep River Boys

Les Deep River Boys

Les Deep River Boys

Le maigre palmarès des Deep River Boys-une apparition pop de 1948- ne rend pas la justice durable du quatuor. Ils étaient les vedettes de la radio et de la musique des années 40, avec une discographie abondante.

Ils se sont réunis à l'Institut Hampton de Virginie en 1936. Le baryton Harry Douglass, né le 6 mai 1916 à Bridgeville, au Delaware, s'est joint à la basse Edward Ware et aux ténors Vernon Gardner et George Lawson pour interpréter des œuvres spirituelles sous le nom de The Hampton Institute Junior Quartet. Ils ont gagné un épisode de l'émission de radio'Major Bowes' Amateur Hour', puis ont obtenu un coup de pouce en travaillant pour le producteur théâtral Josh Logan. L'acteur noir Rex Ingram les a amenés sur une tournée promotionnelle pour son film'The Green Pastures' et a trouvé un nouveau nom pour le groupe reflétant l'une de leurs chansons les plus populaires : Deep River. Mais le quatuor a dû ajouter du matériel profane à son répertoire avant que la radio CBS ne les amène à bord des ondes de son réseau.

Débutant sur shellac en 1940 avec le rendu de Nothing But You de RCA Victor, The Deep River Boys a enregistré sept albums pour RCA et sa filiale Bluebird avant l'intervention de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Ils ont également filmé les sonorités mémorables'Toot That Trumpet' et'Shadrack', qu'ils n'ont pas enregistré commercialement. Douglass a été forcé de quitter les rangs pendant la guerre pour se produire devant les troupes, mais il était de retour en 1946 lorsque le groupe s'est remis à enregistrer avec Victor.

Les Deep River Boys ont finalement enregistré un succès pour RCA Victor en 1948 avec leur somptueux traitement de Recess In Heaven, qui a grimpé à la pop #18 malgré une version de l'ex-chanteur Dan Grissom qui était un vendeur #8 de R&B. De l'autre côté de la version de The Deep River Boys se trouvait une reprise de It's Too Soon To Know de The Orioles. Le groupe a rencontré une base de fans très appréciés lorsqu'ils se sont aventurés à l'étranger en 1949, ce qui a conduit à de nombreux voyages européens au cours des années 50. Pendant qu'ils continuaient d'enregistrer des titres pop pour Victor, Beacon, Jay-Dee et Vik stateside, les Deep River Boys ont fait du rock pour leurs fans britanniques, coupant Rock Around The Clock et Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On et enregistrant un tube britannique en 56 avec That's Right. Douglass demeure le pilier du quatuor, mais il y a eu une pléthore de changements de personnel au cours de la décennie, Jimmy Lundy remplaçant Lawson à l'aube des années 50. Les Deep River Boys ont chanté pour le président Eisenhower en 1955.

Douglass est décédé le 5 juin 1999 à New York. Le temps de son groupe était révolu depuis longtemps, mais il a chanté jusqu'à sa mort.

Bill Dahl

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Tracklist
Deep River Boys, The - Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie (LP) LP 1
01 Not Too Old To Rock & Roll
02 That's Right
03 Shake, Rattle And Roll
04 Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie
05 Just A Little Bit More
06 Adam Never Had No mammy
07 Settle Down
08 Itchy Twitchy Feeling
09 I Shall Not Be Moved
10 Slow Train To Nowhere
11 Ashes Of Roses
12 St. Louis Blues
13 Honey Honey
14 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
15 Smack Dab In The Middle
16 Rock Around The Clock