Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#785 (4/13/13 - 4/26/13)

SPOTLIGHT ON THE MANOR/ARCO LABELS - PART TWO

"A Study In Blue"
by Savannah Churchill
Jimmie Lunceford Orch.
on Manor 1161 A
released in 1948

"Don't Cry Darling"/
"Don't Take Your Love From Me"
by Savannah Churchill
(And The Four Tunes)
on Arco 1236-A
released in 1950

"Don't Blame My Dream"/
"You're My Love"
by The Four Tunes
on Arco 1246-B/A
released in 1950



Above: Photos of Savannah Churchill. Many of her releases on the Manor/Arco labels had vocal backing by The Four Tunes.

Click HERE for an article about The Brown Dots/Four Tunes by Marv Goldberg.
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Click HERE for Savannah Churchill Newspaper Clippings.
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Above Left: Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra article from The Billboard dated 11/22/47. Lunceford had died in July 1947.

Above Right: Label image of Manor 1161 released in 1948. Savannah Churchill, who was quite popular at the time, managed to get her name on the label in two places.



Above: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette appearance notices for Savannah Churchill (11/1/48) and The Four Tunes (8/21/50).


Continued...




Above: Column about The Four Tunes from Montreal Gazette newspaper dated 10/26/54.






Above Left: Column from Afro-American newspaper dated 10/16/48. No evidence could be found that any of these short features by The Four Tunes actually materialized.

Above Right: Label image of Arco 1236 released in February 1950. "Don't Cry Darling" was composed by William "Pat" Best, baritone and guitar player of The Four Tunes.... Irving Berman, owner and president of Manor/Arco had no part in writing it.





Above Left: Column from The Billboard dated 4/2/49. The Four Tunes' first release on RCA Victor was in May 1949, purportedly the first "r&b" vocal group record on the new 45-rpm format (with orange wax no less!).

Above Right: Label image of Arco 1246 released in April 1950. Somehow, Irving Berman missed a chance to claim himself as composer of this side. The flip has the usual semi-pseudo "Best-Berman" composer credits. Jimmie Nabbi sings lead on both sides.


Listen to this week's selections on the Manor and Arco labels:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          1. A Study In Blue - Savannah Churchill - Manor 1161 A - 1948
          2. Don't Cry Darling - Savannah Churchill - Arco 1236-A - 1950
          3. Don't Take Your Love From Me - Savannah Churchill - Arco 1236-B - 1950
          4. Don't Blame My Dream - The Four Tunes - Arco 1246-B - 1950
          5. You're My Love - The Four Tunes - Arco 1246-A - 1950
 
          ALL FIVE played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          1. A Study In Blue - Savannah Churchill - Manor 1161 A - 1948
          2. Don't Cry Darling - Savannah Churchill - Arco 1236-A - 1950
          3. Don't Take Your Love From Me - Savannah Churchill - Arco 1236-B - 1950
          4. Don't Blame My Dream - The Four Tunes - Arco 1246-B - 1950
          5. You're My Love - The Four Tunes - Arco 1246-A - 1950

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
          1. A Study In Blue - Savannah Churchill - Manor 1161 A - 1948
          2. Don't Cry Darling - Savannah Churchill - Arco 1236-A - 1950
          3. Don't Take Your Love From Me - Savannah Churchill - Arco 1236-B - 1950
          4. Don't Blame My Dream - The Four Tunes - Arco 1246-B - 1950
          5. You're My Love - The Four Tunes - Arco 1246-A - 1950



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