Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 2/10/07 - 2/16/07)


"I Know We Will Never Meet Again"/"After All"
The Dixiaires with Muriel Gaines
on Queen 4111 A/B
released in 1946

Above: Muriel Gaines on cover of Jet Magazine dated May 29, 1952. She began her career as a dancer in Harlem's Cotton Club before turning to singing. She started singing calypso, becoming the "Queen of Calypso" in Europe when she toured there. Muriel had two calypso style records released on the National label in 1945 with Sam Manning's Serenaders. Then the one known release, non-calypso, with The Dixiaires on Queen in 1946.

Above: National Records clipping from 1945.


Muriel Gaines, an ex-Cotton Club dancer, started singing in 1940 so she could be with her husband, a member of Delta Rhythm Boys quartet. Today she has become a star in a career of her own. Her interpretation of Calypso tunes have caught on big in Europe, where she is now considered "Queen of Calypso."
Before Muriel met Lee Gaines, Delta Rhythm Boys' bass singer, she was content with chorus dancing, occasional bits as an actress. But after she and Lee were married he began coaching her to be a singer. Wisely, he chose the Calypso idiom for her. From her first job at the Village Vanguard, Muriel soon graduated to the plush Ruban Bleu where she appeared for four straight years before turning to Europe and greater success with her ear-catching ditties.

[Above image provided by George Moonoogian.]
Above: Photo of The Dixiaires from THE HOUSTON INFORMER, July 30,1949. (Top) J.C. Ginyard, lead; (Left) Joe Floyd, tenor; (Right) Jimmy Smith, baritone; (Bottom) Johnny Hines, bass. It is unclear who the personnel on Queen 4111 might be. Ginyard was with The Jubalaires at that time. The Dixiaires, according to George Moonoogian, weren't formed until late 1947. While "The Dixiaires" name didn't show up on any subsequent Queen records, The Jubalaires had several releases on Queen in 1947.

From Todd Baptista 2/11/07: I couldn't help noticing that "I Know We Will Never Meet Again" (Dixiaires) was written by Newson-Jennings. Newson must be Thomas P. Newson - who also co-wrote "Before This Time Another Year" with Biggie McFadden - the Jubalaires first record on Decca in 1944. Jennings is most likely John Jennings, of the same Jubalaires group. Although the aural evidence is slim, I believe the group here is JC Ginyard, Jennings, Ted Brooks, McFadden, and guitarist Bill Lee Johnson.
It's interesting to note that in January of '47, the Jubalaires (at this time, Ginyard, Jennings, Ted Brooks, McFadden, and guitarist Johnson) recorded a disc for Harlem Records that wound up being reissued on 45 RPM in the '50s as by the Dixieiares. In February, the group cut 11 masters for King/Queen as the Jubalaires. George and O. L. Nations are right - the Dixieaires weren't born until Ginyard got upset - quit the Amos 'N' Andy gig they had on CBS, and formed the Dixieaires, first with James and Thomas Moran, Abe Green, and Johnny Hines. By the 1949 Houston story, only Hines remained.
In the late '40s, Ginyard and company recorded for well over a dozen labels using a multitude of names. Johnson, Brooks, McFadden, and Jennings, meanwhile, formed another Jubalaires group that recorded most of the transcription discs in '47-'49 and also hooked up with Orville Brooks on Coral for "I've Waited All My Life For You". One of the two Brooks men was also the nucleus of the "Original Jubalaires" on Crown/RPM/Modern later on, although that group is still a mystery!

Above: Label image for Queen 4111 A released in 1946.

Listen to this week's selections by The Dixiaires with Muriel Gaines:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
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     I Know We Will Never Meet Again - Queen 4111 A - 1946
     After All - Queen 4111 B - 1946
     BOTH SONGS played in sequence

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     I Know We Will Never Meet Again - Queen 4111 A - 1946
     After All - Queen 4111 B - 1946


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