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The Delta Rhythm Boys are smoothness personified and their sweet harmonizing and zippy lead vocals are featured on this 1957 release from Elektra. The 13 songs include pop standards ("'S Wonderful," "Blues Skies," "Side by Side"), jump blues (Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry"), ballads ("Something I Dreamed Last Night"), and novelties ("Cha Cha Joe," "The Riddle Song"), all given a lightly swinging treatment. The songs that feature tenor Carl Jones' magnificently deep and resonant lead vocals are the most entertaining tunes, but the group harmonies often dazzle as well. Sing was released quite a bit past the group's prime both artistically and commercially, but it is an enjoyable set that vocal group fans just might want to check out.


Formed: 1934 in Langston, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

With their exciting Jubilee-style harmonizing, the Delta Rhythm Boys helped to bridge the R&B vocal groups of the 1930s and '40s and the doo wop groups of the 1950s. While they capped their early success with sophisticated renditions of traditional tunes, "Dry Bones" and Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," in 1941, they were still singing as the rock era became dominant in the mid-'50s. They appeared on radio shows, including Amos and Andy and the Joan Davis Show, Broadway, in such shows as Sing Out...
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