THE RAVENS

Mahzel (Means Good Luck) (Wayne-Beekman) Benny Goodman [‘47, Capitol 416], the Ravens [‘47, National 9034]
For You (Dubin-Burke) sung by John Boles in ‘30 film ‘Captain of the Guard’ [‘30, Victor 22373], also Joe Green [‘31, Columbia 2429-D] and Leo Reisman w. Frank Munn [‘31, Victor 22670]. It was recorded by Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra, with a Kenny Sargent vocal [‘33, Brunswick 6066]. The Ravens version was in 1947 [National 9034]. Several versions were released at the end of 1948: Artie Wayne [Capitol 15140], Gordon Jenkins [Decca 24478], and Perry Como [RCA Victor 20-3099]. Rick Nelson had a pop hit in 1964 [Decca 31574]
Ol’ Man River (Hammerstein-Kern) was featured in the ’28 show ’Show Boat’, sung by Jules Bledsoe. It was recorded by Paul Whiteman [Victor 21218 with Bing Crosby, Victor 35912 with Paul Robeson], the Revelers [Victor 21241], and Al Jolson [Brunswick 3867]. There were versions by Luis Russell [‘34, Perfect 15995], the Golden Gate Quartet [‘39, Bluebird 8190] and the Ravens [‘47, National 9035].
Would You Believe Me (Tobias/Jerome/Heindorf) Tony Martin [‘46-‘47 ?, Mercury], Claude Thornhill featuring Fran Warren [‘47, Columbia 37325], the Ravens [‘47, National 9035].
Summertime (Gershwin/Gershwin) was from the Gershwin’s ‘folk opera’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ It has become a standard, recorded by Billie Holiday [‘36, Vocalion 3333], Bob Crosby [‘38, Decca 2205], the Ravens [‘47, 9038]Al Hibbler [‘47, Sundrise 2007], Sam Cooke [‘57, Keen 34013], Nina Simone [‘60, Colpix 143], Billy Stewart [‘66, Chess 1966]
Fool That I Am (Hunt) Floyd Hunt w. Gladys Palmer vocal [‘47, Miracle 104], Billy Eckstine [‘47, MGM 10097], the Ravens [‘48, National 9040], Etta James [‘61, Argo 5390]
Together (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) was a big hit in 1928, with versions by Franklyn Baur [Victor 21220], Cliff Edwards [Columbia 1295-D], Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton on vocals [Victor 35883], and Nick Lucas [Brunswick 3749]. It was featured in the 1944 film ‘Since You Went Away’, with new versions by Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes [Decca 23349], Guy Lombardo featuring Tony Craig [Decca 18617], and Dinah Shore [Victor 20-1594]. The Ravens’ version was from 1948 [National 9042]. Connie Francis revived it for a 1961 hit [MGM 13019].
September Song (Anderson-Weill) was introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 musical ‘Knickerbocker Holiday’[‘38, Brunswick 8272, and ‘46, Decca 40001]. It has become a standard, recorded by Frank Sinatra [‘46, Columbia 37161], the Dardanelle Trio [‘46, RCA Victor 20-1993], Bing Crosby [‘47, Decca 23754], Sarah Vaughan [‘47, Musicraft 500], the Ravens [‘48, National 9053], Don Byas [‘48, Savoy 626], Stan Kenton [‘51, Capitol 1480], Liberace [‘52, Columbia 38709], Billy Ward & the Dominoes [‘57, Decca 30514] and Jimmy Durante [‘63, Warner 5382].
Once in a While (Edwards-Green) was a hit for Tommy Dorsey [’37, Victor 25686]. Other versions are by Horace Heidt [’37, Brunswick 7977], Ozzie Nelson [’37, Bluebird 7256], Louis Armstrong [‘38, Decca 1560, and ‘52, Decca 28306], the Ravens [’47, National 9038], Herb Jeffries [‘51, Coral 60530], Patti Page [‘52, Mercury 5867], and the Chimes [‘60, Tag 444]
It’s Too Soon to Know (Chessler) was the first big hit for the Orioles [‘48, Natural 5000], and has also been recorded by the Ravens [‘48, National 9056], Ella Fitzgerald [‘48, Decca 24497], Dinah Washington [‘48, Mercury 8107], Etta James [‘61, Argo 5402], Irma Thomas [‘61, Minit 633], Esther Phillips [‘65, Atlantic 2251]
I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do) (Turk/Ahlert) was introduced in 1937: Wayne King [Victor 22817], Benny Krueger featuring Smith Ballew [Brunswick 6185], Russ Columbo [Victor 22801], and Kate Smith [Columbia 2139-D]. It was popular again in 1946 : Tommy Dorsey featuring Stuart Foster [RCA Victor 20-1901], Frank Sinatra [Columbia 36918], SkinnayEnnis [Signature 15033], and the Andrews Sisters [Decca 18899], and again in 1961: Linda Scott [Canadian American 129].
White Christmas (Berlin) see Elvis
Silent Night (Gruber-Mohr-Young), the German Christmas carol ‘Stille Nacht’, was published in English in 1871. Earlier recordings include versions by the Haydn Quartet [’05, as ‘Silent Night, Hallowed Night’ by the Edison Male Quartet, Victor 4511], Ernestine Schumann-Heink [’08, in German, ‘Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht‘, Victor 88138], Elsie Baker [’12, ‘Silent Night, Hallowed Night’, Victor 17164], the Neapolitan Trio [’17, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night‘, Victor 18389], and Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby [‘28, Columbia 50098]. It was a big solo hit for Bing Crosby [‘35, Decca 621] and has been recorded by many since, including Luis Russell [‘47, Apollo 1087], Sister Rosetta Tharpe [‘49, Decca 48119], Ravens [‘49, National 9062], Mahalia Jackson [‘50, Apollo 235], Pilgrim Travelers [‘53, Specialty 856].
Always (Berlin) was a major hit in 1926, with versions by Henry Burr [Victor 19959], George Olsen [ Victor 19955], Vincent Lopez [Okeh 40567], Nick Lucas [Brunswick 3088], and Lewis James [Columbia 564]. It was revived in the 1944 film ’Christmas Holiday’, sung by Deanna Durbin, with hit recordings by Sammy Kaye, featuring Tony Alamo [Victor 20-1610], Guy Lombardo featuring Stuart Foster [Decca 81634], Gordon Jenkins featuring Dennis Day [Capitol 125] and Paul Lavalle [Musicraft 297]. It has also been recorded by the Ink Spots [‘47, Decca 24140], Ravens [‘48, National 9064], and Sammy Turner [‘59, Big Top 3029]
Deep Purple (DeRose-Parish) had several popular versions in 1939: Larry Clinton featuring Bea Wain [Victor 26141], Jimmy Dorsey featuring Bob Eberly [Decca 2295], Guy Lombardo [Decca 2215], Bing Crosby [Decca 2374], and Artie Shaw featuring Helen Forrest [Bluebird 10178]. It was recorded by Paul Weston [’49, Capitol 15294], the Ravens [‘49, National 9065], Sarah Vaughan [‘51, Columbia 39446], Billy Ward & the Dominoes [‘57, Liberty 55099]. Nino Tempo and April Stevens had a barely recognizable hit version in 1963 [Atco 6273], and this was revived by Donny & Marie Osmond in 1976 [MGM/Kolob 14840].
Careless Love (trad) Bessie Smith [‘25, Columbia 14083], Lonnie Johnson [‘28, Okeh 8635], Joe Turner [‘41, Decca 7827], Charioteers [‘41, Okeh 6220], Four Tunes [‘49, RCA Victor 50-0008], Ravens [‘49, National 9085], Fats Domino [‘51, Imperial 5145], Ray Charles [‘62, ABC-Paramount 10345]
Someday (You‘ll Want Me to Want You) (Jimmy Hodges) was published in 1940, and featured in the 1946 film ‘Sioux City Sue’, and recorded that year by the star Gene Autry [Columbia 37079], Elton Britt [Bluebird 33-0521; also ‘49, RCA Victor 20-3090], and the Hoosier Hot Shots [Decca 18736]. It was recorded by Vaughn Monroe [‘49, RCA Victor 20-3510], the Mills Brothers [‘49, Decca 24694], the Ravens [‘49, National 9089], the Drifters [‘54, Atlantic 1043], Jodie Sands [‘58, Chancellor 1023], Della Reese [‘60, RCA Victor 47-7706], Brook Benton [‘60, Mercury 71722]
You’re Gonna Lose Your Gal (Monaco-Young) was recorded by Jan Garber featuring Fritz Heilbron [‘33, Victor 24444], Glen Gray feauting Pee Wee Hunt [‘34, Brunswick 6708], and Harry Reser’s Orchestra [‘34, Columbia 2840].
Oh Babe! (Prima-Kabak) was a hit for its writer, Louis Prima [‘50, Robin Hood 101], and many others: Kay Starr [’50, Capitol 1278], the Ames Brothers [’50, Coral 60327], Jimmy Preston [‘50, Derby 748], Larry Darnell [‘50, Regal 3298], Wynonie Harris with Lucky Millinder[‘50, King 4418], Roy Milton [‘50, Specialty 381], Benny Goodman with Jimmy Ricks vocal [‘50, Columbia 39045].
I’m So Crazy For Love (Fountain) Cap-Tans [‘50, Dot 1009], Lonnie Johnson [‘50, King 4411], Ravens [‘50, Columbia 39070]
Mam’selle (Gordon-Gooding), from the film ’The Razor’s Edge’, was a big hit in 1947, for Art Lund [MGM 10011] and many others: Frank Sinatra [Columbia 37343], Dick Haymes [Decca 23861], the Pied Pipers [Capitol 396], Ray Dorey [Majestic 7217], Dennis Day [RCA Victor 2211] and Frankie Laine [Mercury 5048]. The Ravens’ version is from 1951[Okeh 6888].
The Whiffenpoof Song (Minnegerode-Pomeroy-Galloway-Vallee-Hart), theme song for the Yale Glee Club, published 1909, featured in the 1935 film ‘Winged Victory’, recorded by Rudy Vallee [’37, Bluebird 7135; ‘46, Enterprise 181; ‘47, Columbia 36461], Tex Beneke [‘46, RCA Victor 1859], Bing Crosby with the Fred Waring Glee Club [‘47, Decca 23990], Robert Merrill [‘47, RCA Victor 10-1313], Four Notes [‘48, Paradise 116], Ravens [‘51, Okeh 6825], Louis Armstrong [‘54, Decca 29153], Art Neville [‘57, Specialty 592].
If I Love Again (Murray-Oakland) from the 1932 musical ‘Hold Your Horses’; recorded by Paul Whiteman featuring Bob Lawrence [’33, Victor 24517] and several others over the years.
That Old Gang of Mine (Rose-Dixon-Henderson), sung by Van & Schenck in ‘The Ziegfield Follies of 1823’, recorded by Billy Murray & Ed Smalle [Victor 19095], the Benson Orchestra [Victor 19136], Benny Krueger [Brunswick 2485], Irving and Jack Kaufman [Emerson 10657], Ernest Hare & Billy Jones [Edison 51235], and the Criterion Quartet [Vocalion 14646]. The Ravens recorded it in 1951 [Okeh 6843].
You’re Always In My Dreams (Gannon-Kent)
Chloe (Kahn-Moret) originated in 1928: Singing Sophomores [Columbia 1257-D], the All Star Orchestra [Victor 21149], Shilkret’s Rhyth-Melodist [Victor 21298], Paul Whiteman featuring Austin Young [Victor 35921], and Bessie Brown [Brunswick 3817]. In 1945 it was featured in the film ‘Bring On the Girls’, and was recorded by Duke Ellington [Victor 20-1547] and parodied by Spike Jones [Victor 10-1654]. It was recorded by Louis Armstrong [‘53, Decca 28524] and the Ravens [‘52, ‘Chloe-E’, Mercury 5853].
Begin the Beguine (Porter) was published in 1935, sung by June Knight in the musical ’Jubilee’, recorded by Xavier Cugat featuring Dan Reid [’35, Victor 25133]. It is best known in its version by Artie Shaw [’38, Bluebird 7746]. It has also been recorded by Tony Martin [’39, Decca 2375], Eddie Heywood [‘44, Commodore 1514 and ‘45, Decca 23398], Frank Sinatra [‘46, Decca 37064], and the Ravens [‘52, Mercury 5800].
Wagon Wheels (DeRose-Hill) was sung by Everett Marshall in the 1934 show ‘The New Ziegfield Follies‘, with recordings by Paul Whiteman featuring Bob Lawrence [Victor 24517], George Olsen [Columbia 2881-D], and Paul Robeson [Victor 24635]. The Ravens’ recording is from 1952 [Mercury 5764].
Love Is the Thing (Washington-Young) was recorded by Ethel Waters [‘33, Brunswick 6564] the Casa Loma Orchestra [‘33, Brunswick 6584], Andy Kirk featuring Pha Terrell [’40, Decca 2962], and Billy Eckstein [‘46, National 9125]. It was recorded by the Ravens’ lead singer Jimmy Ricks [‘52, Mercury 8296] and was the title song to Nat King Cole’s number one 1957 LP [Capitol 824].
Rough Ridin’ (Ella Fitzgerald-Jones-Tennyson) Ella Fitzgerald [‘52, Decca 27948], Jimmy Ricks & the Ravens [‘53, Mercury 70213]
Without a Song (Rose-Youmans-Eliscu), sung by Lois Deppe in the 1929 show ’Great Day’, was recorded by Paul Whiteman featuring Bing Crosby [Columbia 2023-D]. Joe Alexander & his Highlanders [‘46, Excelsior 177], Billy Eckstein [‘48, National 9061], Ravens [‘53, Mercury 702420], Checkers [‘53, King 4675], Roy Hamilton [‘55, Epic 9125], Isley Brothers [‘59, RCA Victor 47-7657], Ray Charles [‘65, ABC Paramount 10663]
Going Home (Dvorak) was adapted by Edward Arms Fisher in 1922 from Antonin Dvorák’s 1893 Symphony No. 9, known as the New World Symphony [according to Jacobs]. It was recorded by the Boswell Sisters [‘34, Brunswick 6951], Art Tatum [‘49, Capitol H-269 Art Tatum Encores]. Glenn Miller played it on radio broadcasts between 1940 and 1944, and his Army Air Force Band recorded it on V-Disc in 1943.
The Lonesome Road (Austin, Shilkret) was featured in the 1929 film version of ‘Show Boat’, dubbed in by Jules Bledsoe. Recordings include Gene Austin [‘28, Victor 21098], Nat Shilkret featuring Willard Robinson [‘29, Victor 21996], Ted Lewis [‘30, Columbia 3181], the Boswell Sisters [‘34, Brunswick 6951], Bing Crosby [‘39, Decca 2257], Jimmy Lunceford [‘39, Vocalion 4831], Lonnie Johnson [‘44, Bluebird 34-0714], 4 Tunes [‘49, RCA Victor 50-0042], Jimmie Ricks [‘54, Mercury 70330], Pilgrim Travelers [‘54, Specialty 872]
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Porter), sung by Virginia Bruce in the 1936 film ‘Born to Dance’, was recorded by Ray Noble featuring Al Bowlly [‘36, Victor 25422], Hal Kemp featuring Skinnay Ennis [‘36, Brunswick 7745], Frances Langford with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra [‘36, Decca 939], and parodied by Stan Freberg [‘51, Capitol 1711]. The Four Seasons revived it in 1966 [Philips 40393].
Count Every Star (Gallop-Coquatrix) has been successful for Ray Anthony featuring Dick Noel [’50, Capitol 979], Dick Haymes with Artie Shaw’s Orchestra [‘50, Decca 27042], Hugo Winter halter [‘50, RCA Victor 78-3697], the Ravens [‘50, National 9111], and the Rivieras [‘58, Coed 503]
Marie (Berlin) was featured in the 1928 film ‘The Awakening’. It was recorded by the Troubadours with Lewis James [‘28, Victor 21746], Franklyn Baur [Victor 21787], Rudy Vallee [‘29, Harmony 834-H and Velvetone 1834-V], Tommy Dorsey featuring Jack Lawrence [‘37, Victor 25523], the Ravens [rec. 47-rel. ‘51 Renditions 5001], Four Tunes [‘53, Jubilee 5128], and the Irish group, the Bachelors [‘65, London 9762].