(1952-54 'United') (65:45/24) In jenen Jahren überaus erfolgreiche Gesangs- und Instrumentalcombo aus Chicago mit dem Gitarristen Floyd McDaniel. Unglaublich gute Soundqualität. Klingt fast wie eine 'Blue Note'-Aufnahme. Und fantastische Musik. Auch für jene zu empfehlen, die ansonsten nichts mit 50er Jahre R&B am Hut haben / successful and popular vocal/instrumental combo featuring Floyd McDaniel (see his Delmark and CrossCut releases). Beautiful recordings. The sound quality is almost unbelievable, perfect. Sounds like a Blue Note recording. Even if you are not so much into '50s r&b: check it out!
One of the top R&B records of 1952, a tribute to that legendary woman who 'went up to Alaska just to melt the snow', 'Mary Jo' provided a moment in the national spotlight for one of Chicago's hottest vocal combos. The single was released in April of '52 and entered the national charts in the middle of July. It moved rapidly to the top, displacing Lloyd Price's 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' as the #1 R&B song in the nation at the end of August.
Born in the waning years of the Depression, The Four Blazes brought vitality and showmanship to the early years of R&B. Bassist Tommy Braden was the main lead singer while all members provided backup harmony vocals. 'Jelly' Holt was the founder and drummer in the group, while Floyd McDaniel and 'Shorty' Hill played guitars. (Floyd stayed active in music throughout his life including the 1991 album Let Your Hair Down! and the 1994 recording West Side Baby.) With special guest Eddie Chamblee on tenor sax.