Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#665 (Week of 5/29/10 - 6/4/10)

"By The Light Of The Silvery Moon"
by "Fats" Waller And His Rhythm
with The Deep River Boys
on Bluebird B-11569-A
released in 1942


[Above photo provided by Lillemor Lewander.]

Above: Fats Waller, His Rhythm, and The Deep River Boys at the recording session for "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" in July 1942.


Above: Fats Waller clipping from The Billboard August 15, 1942.

Click HERE for an article about Fats Waller at the Oracle ThinkQuest website.
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Above: From the October 26, 1946 issue of The Billboard, The Deep River Boys (L-R) George Lawson, Vernon Gardner, Cameron Williams, Harry Douglass, and Edward Ware.

Click HERE for an article about The Deep River Boys by J.C. Marion.
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Above: Label image of Bluebird B-11569-A recorded on July 13, 1942 and released later that same month. There is no vocal group on the flip side. The Deep River Boys also provided backup for Bea Wain on Victor (1941) and Thelma Carpenter on Majestic (1945).

Billboard Review 8/22/42:
FATS WALLER (Bluebird 11569)
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon—FT; VC.
The silvery moon that Gus Edwards and Eddie Madden wrote about some decades ago promises to shine all over again, and with the nostalgic note striking a responsive chord with the public today in its attempt to cloak reality, Silvery Moon should become as big a hit in this generation. Altho Fats Waller's interpretation leaves plenty to be desired, side has merit and appeal, especially because of the vocal force of the Deep River Boys, male quartet. However, the tune treatment leans too heavily on minstrel days. In the moderately slow tempo, and with the small band backing, it's the usual Waller piano for the opening chorus, fats singing the second with the sharp quartetting of the River Boys in the back. Quartet takes a third chorus on its own and, for the last refrain, band jams out for half a chorus with the trumpet in the lead. For the last half, its the full compliment of voices, with Waller kidding vocally in a corny way.

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