Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#751 (Week of 3/31/12- 4/6/12)

"Sure Cure For The Blues"/"I Ain't Coming Back Anymore"
by Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks/Cora Williams And The Four Jacks
on Federal 12079-A/AA
released in 1952


    

Above: Photo of Shirley Haven from Jet Magazine dated 2/12/53.... MOVIE EXTRA TRIES FOR SINGING CAREER—After trying for a movie career and never getting anything but extra jobs, winsome Shirley Haven has deserted Hollywood and is striving for success with Charles Brown's orchestra on a Southern tour. The California-born vocalist features blues. Hollywood talent scouts told her she could not get movie roles because she "does not look Negro enough."


    
Above: Photo of Cora Williams from Jet Magazine dated 12/17/64.... VOLUMINOUS VOICE—Filling the enormous expanse of McCormack Place with her melodious voice, soloist Cora Williams rears back, closes her eyes and makes "a joyful noise unto the Lord" as she sings during a concert hosted by the Pentecostal Church Musicians Alliance in Chicago.


    
Above Left: Label image of Federal 12079-A recorded on February 27, 1952 and released in May 1952. Shirley had one other record backed by The Four Jacks on Federal (recorded on the previous day) released in August 1952.

Mario DeLagarde, who appears as composer on both sides of this record, was a bass player and prolific writer of songs for the Federal and other labels. He often collaborated with Ravon Darnell and Ralph Bass.

Above Right: 1948 photo of Ellison White, bass singer of The Four Jacks (Courtesy of Ellison White and Todd Baptista).



    

Above Left: Label image of Federal 12079-AA recorded on February 27, 1952. Per Disco-File, this recording also includes The Jades.

Above Right: Review from The Billboard dated 6/7/52.

Listen to this week's selections: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          1. Sure Cure For The Blues - Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks - Federal 12079-A - 1952
          2. I Ain't Coming Back Anymore - Cora Williams And The Four Jacks - Federal 12079-AA - 1952
 
          BOTH played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          1. Sure Cure For The Blues - Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks - Federal 12079-A - 1952
          2. I Ain't Coming Back Anymore - Cora Williams And The Four Jacks - Federal 12079-AA - 1952

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          1. Sure Cure For The Blues - Shirley Haven And The Four Jacks - Federal 12079-A - 1952
          2. I Ain't Coming Back Anymore - Cora Williams And The Four Jacks - Federal 12079-AA - 1952


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