Groupe US formé par Harry Douglas en 1936 et comprenant Vernon Gardner, George Lawson, Jimmy Lundy et Edward Ware. Les Deep River Boys ont enregistré dès 1940. En 1946, ils signent avec RCA où ils connaissent leurs plus grands succès en Angleterre.

The Deep River Boys left a legacy of fine recordings during their 50 years of performing, setting a standard for professionalism and longevity that is to be envied. They began recording as a gospel act in the late '40s and later switched over and became an R&B act and were more popular in Europe for periods of time before coming home to the States for triumphant return engagements.
Their story begins in 1936, when all of the Boys -- Harry Douglas (baritone), Vernon Gardner (first tenor), George Lawson (second tenor), Jimmy Lundy, and Edward Ware (bass) -- were still students at Hampton Institute in Virginia in the mid-'30s, singing in the school choir. They began appearing on radio and in 1937, landed a job on the CBS network replacing the Oleanders (whose lead singer, Billy Williams, had left to form the Charioteers). The Deep River Boys signed with Bluebird Records in 1940 and began recording material, including "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (which featured Fats Waller on piano). When Harry Douglas went into the Army, he was replaced by Leroy Wayman, who in turn was replaced by Rhett Butler. Douglas returned to the group in 1946 and The Deep River Boys began enjoying their biggest success, appearing on Milton Berle's and Kate Smith's shows and touring with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
Like many Vocals groups in their day, The Deep River Boys had more success with live performance than record sales, and it wasn't until 1948's "Recess in Heaven" that they enjoyed their first hit. Unfortunately, the newer R&B was just then emerging and their gospel sound was being pushed aside by popular Vocals groups like the Dominoes, the Orioles, and the Ravens. Unlike the 5 Royales (a gospel group who began recording R&B sides for Apollo), The Deep River Boys were reluctant to change; instead, they followed the path of another great gospel group of the '40s -- the Delta Rhythm Boys -- and began performing more often in Europe.
They spent the early '50s shuttling back and forth, working in America with the Count Basie Band during 1951 and Erskine Hawkins, but also signed on for a record-breaking ten-week engagement at the London Palladium. They later left RCA for the independent Beacon Records label, which had been reactivated by owner Joe Davis. However, several singles for Beacon failed to generate any new interest and the Boys returned to RCA. In September of 1953, Cam Williams replaced Jim Lundy and the newly configured Deep River Boys returned to England and signed on for a nine-week appearance at the London Palladium. In the springtime of 1954, they once again found themselves back on Davis' Beacon Records for a second time. Throughout the rest of their career, The Deep River Boys continued to have sporadic releases on labels such as the RCA-subsidiary Vik Records, as well as Gallant and Wand.
George Lawson retired in 1950, followed six years later by Ed Ware in 1956 (he died shortly after). Vernon Gardner also left in 1956. Bass Vocalsist Ronnie Bright replaced Ware (he'd previously been in the Cadillacs). In 1963, Bright had a hit of his own, "Mr. Bass Man" (number 16) with Johnny Cymbal. He later joined Carl Gardner's lineup of the Coasters. Amazingly, a Harry Douglas-led Deep River Boys (with a revolving lineup of new members) continued to make appearances well into the 1980s, 50 years after their founding. In his 80's, Douglas continues to perform occasionally.

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Talents : Harry Douglas : Baritone - Vernon Gardner : First Tenor - George Lawson : Second Tenor - Jimmy Lundy : Bass - Edward Ware : Bass

Style musical : Harmony Vocals, Southern Gospel, Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm 'n' Blues

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SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL (1954)

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK (1955)

ROCK A BEATIN' BOOGIE (1956)

THAT'S RIGHT (1956)

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOIN' ON (1957)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & EP

1946 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-1863 (US) . That Chick's Too Young To Fry / Story Of Ee-Bobba-Lee-Bob
1946 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-1990 (US) . Foolishly Yours / William Didn't Tell
1947 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2135 (US) . Foolishly Yours / That Chick's Too Young To Fry
1947 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2157 (US) . Jealous / Charge It To Daddy
1947 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2265 (US) . Seen Foour And Twenty Elders / Live Humble
1947 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2305 (US) . Get Up Those Stairs, Mademoiselle / Dream Street
1947 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2397 (US) . Bloop Bleep / I Left Myself Wide Open
1947 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2517 (US) . It Had To Be You / Heads You Win Tails You Lose
1947 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2610 (US) . What Did He Say? / I'm Sorry I Didn't Say I'm Sorry
1948 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2622 (US) . Purgatory / Swing Low Sweet Chariot
1948 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2808 (US) . I Wanna Sleep / Two Blocks Down Turn To The Left
1948 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-2998 (US) . Ain't Misbehavin' / That's What You Need To Succeed
1948 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-3203 (US) . It's Too Soon To Know / Recess In Heaven
1950 ? 78 t. HIS MASTER'S VOICE B-9960 (UK) .

Bewitched / ?

1951 78 t. HIS MASTER'S VOICE B-10012 (UK) .

September Song / I Still Love You

01/1954 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7M 174 (UK) . Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall / A Kiss And Cuddle Polka
09/1954 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7M 244 (UK) .

Fats WALLER & His RHYTHM with The DEEP RIVER BOYS - Romance A La Mode / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

12/1954 78 t. HIS MASTER'S VOICE B-10790 (UK) . Shake, Rattle And Roll / St. Louis Blues
12/1954 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7M 280 (UK) . Shake, Rattle And Roll / St. Louis Blues
1955 78 t. HIS MASTER'S VOICE POP 113 (UK) .

Adam Never Had No Mammy / Rock Around The Clock

1955 EP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7EG 8133 (UK) DEEP HARMONY - Ashes Of Roses / September Song / Glad Rag Doll / Only Fascination
1955 EP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7EG 8133 (NOR) DEEP HARMONY - Ashes Of Roses / September Song / Glad Rag Doll / Only Fascination
1955 EP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7EGJ 8133 (SA) DEEP HARMONY - Ashes Of Roses / September Song / Glad Rag Doll / Only Fascination
01/1956 78 t. HIS MASTER'S VOICE POP 157 (UK) .

Just A Little Bit More / Rock A Beatin' Boogie

01/1956 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7M 361 (UK) . Just A Little Bit More / Rock A Beatin' Boogie
1956 SP QUE Q-1000 (US) .

Calypso Rock n' Roll / The Night Is Young And You're So Beautiful

11/1956 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE POP 263 (UK) . That's Right / Honey Honey
1957 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7M 395 (UK) . Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / There's A Goldmine In The Sky
1957 EP RCA VICTOR 75358 (US) ROCK AND ROLL N° 7 - You're Not Too Old / (Home) How Dear Can It Be / Whole Wide World / All My Love Belongs To You
1958 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7M 449 (UK) . Not Too Old To Rock And Roll / Slow Train To Nowhere
1958 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE 7M 537 (UK) . Itchy Twitchy Feeling / I Shall Not Be Moved
08/1959 SP TOP RANK JAR 172 (UK) . Nola / Kissin'
10/1959 SP TOP RANK JAR 174 (UK) . I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) / Timber's Gotta Roll
1959 SP GALLANT LA 101 (US) . Kissin' / Nola
1959 SP GALLANT GT 2001 (US) I Don't Know Why / Timber's Gotta Roll
1960 SP TOP RANK JAR 352 (UK) .

Go Galloway Go / Dum Dum De Dum

1962 SP HIS MASTER'S VOICE POP 1081 (UK) . Ashes Of Roses / Settle Down (Going' Down That Highway)
1962 SP WAND 117 (US) . Are You Certain / Vanishing American






Albums

1954 LP 10" WALDORF MUSIC-HALL MH 33 108 (US) SPIRITUALS AND JUBILEES - Git On Board Little Children / We Are Walking In The Light / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Go Down Moses / Oh Freedom / Honey, Honey, Honey / My Castle On The Nile / I'm Trampin'
1954 LP 10" WALDORF MUSIC-HALL MH 33 108 A (US) DEEP RIVER BOYS SING SONGS OF JUBILEES - Git On Board Little Children / We Are Walking In The Light / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Go Down Moses / Oh Freedom / Honey, Honey, Honey / My Castle On The Nile / I'm Trampin'
1955 LP 10" WALDORF MUSIC-HALL MH 33 120 (US) DEEP RIVER BOYS SING SPIRITUALS - Walk Together Chillun / Look Away Into Heaven / Little David Play On Your Harp / Good News The Chariot's Coming / Ezekiel Saw The Wheel / The Old Sheep Done Know The Road / Rise And Shine / All God's Children Got Shoes
1956 LP 12" X LXA-1019 (US) THE DEEP RIVER BOYS
1957 LP 12" QUE FS-104 (US) MIDNIGHT MAGIC
1957 LP 12" CAMDEN CA-303 (US) PRESENTING THE DEEP RIVER BOYS - Cry And You Cry Alone / Jealous / What Did He Say / Ain't Misbehavin' / Oo-Shoo-Be-Do-Be / Seen Four And Twenty Elders / I Had To Be You / Foolishly Yours / Get Up Those Stairs, Mademoiselle / I'm Sorry I Didn't Say I'm Sorry / That's What You Need To Succeed / Purgatory
1968 LP 12" FONTANA SFL13028 (UK)

THE AMAZING - A Wonderful Day Like Today / Lucky Black Cat / Up A Lazy River / Big White Chief / May You Always / Sing Song / Hey Look Me Over / Back To The South / Ashes Of Roses / Dixieband / September Song / Put On A Happy Face

1970 LP 12" RCA CAMDEN CDS 1064 (UK) THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN - Deep River / Mame / Move On Train / The House Of The Rising Sun / When The Saints Go Marchin In / The World Will Never Turn Again / Get Me To The Church On Time / For You / Dry Bones / Maybe / (I'll Be With You In) Apple Blossom Time / Water Boy
1985 LP 12" SEE FOR MILES SEE 55 (UK) ROCK-A-BEATIN' BOOGIE - Not Too Old To Rock And Roll / That's Right / Shake, Rattle And Roll / Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie / Just A Little Bit More / Adam Never Had No Mammy / Settle Down / Itchy Twitchy Feeling / I Shall Not Be Moved / Slow Train To Nowhere / Ashes Of Roses / St. Louis Blues / Honey Honey / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Smack Dab In The Middle / Rock Around The Clock
05/2004 2 CD ACROBAT 5001 (US) LONDON HARMONY :
CD 1 : That Lucky Old Sun / Too-Whit, Too-Whoo / Down In The Glen / Oh Tell Me Gypsy / Bewitched / Ashes Of Roses / I Still Love You / September Song / Stars Are The Windows Of Heaven / Mister And Mississippi / May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You / Too Young / My Yiddisher Momma / Eili Eili / Deep Water / I Won't Cry Anymore / (It's No) Sin / Glad Rag Doll / Don't Trade Your Love For Gold / Only Fascination / Trying / Tennessee News Boy
CD 2 : Kiss And A Cuddle Polka / Sweet Mama Tree Top Tall / My Castle On The Nile / Lucky Black Cat / Romance Al A Mode / Shake Rattle And Roll / St Louis Blues / Smack Dab In The Middle / I Wonder Why / Rock Around The Clock / Adam Never Had Any Mammy / Rock A Beatin' Boogie / Just A Little Bit More / That's Right / Honey Honey / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / There's A Goldmine In The Sky / Not Too Old To Rock And Roll / Slow Train To Nowhere / I'm Confessin' / Itchy Twitchy Feelin'
2006 CD EMI MUSIC 0094 636672229 (NOR)

DIAMANTER - Rock' A' Beatin' Boogie / Deep River / Jeg Heter Anne Knudsdotter / Mr. Bass Man / Only You / Småsporven Gjeng I Tunet / Greenfields / Mack The Knife / Kjærlighetsbrev I Sand (Love Letters In The Sand) / Joy To The World / Walk Hand In Hand / Ratiti / Hello Young Lovers / Only The Streets Where You Live / I Love You Truly / Moments To Remember / (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time / Burt Bacharach Medley : Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - The Look Of Love - I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Close To You / Amen / My Thanks To You

03/2007 CD CASTLE PULSE PLSCD 827 (UK) THAT'S RIGHT! - Only Fascination / Ashes Of Roses / Just A Little Bit More / That Lucky Old Sun / (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock / Bewitched / Smack, Dab In The Middle / I Still Love You / I Won't Cry Anymore / (It's No) Sin / Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie / September Song / I Wonder Why / Shake, Rattle And Roll / Lucky Black Cat / Trying / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Glad Rag Doll / St. Louise Blues / That's Right
02/2008 CD ACROBAT 54262 (US) LET'S GO - Carmena Waltz Song / Who'll Jine De Union / I Am Seeking For A City / I Am Bound For Sweet Canaan Land / I Got A Home In Dat Rock / In Dat Great Getting' Up Morning / You Talk Too Much / A Zoot Suit / Castle On The River Nile / Cousin Jedidiah / A Little Jive Is Good For You / Get On Board Little Children / We Are Walking In The Light / Swing Low Sweet Chariot / Oh Freedom / I'm Trampin' / What Did He Say / Get Up Them Stairs Mademoiselle / That's What You Need To Succeed / Purgatory / Wrapped Up In A Dream / Ain't Misbehavin' / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon / Two Blocks Down Turn To The Left / Charge It To Daddy / Tuxedo Junction / My Guys Come Back / Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

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