Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 12/7/02 - 12/13/02)


"I Wanna Hug You, Kiss You, Squeeze You"
(That's What's The Matter With Me)
by The Billy Williams Quartet
on Coral 61363
released in 1955

Photo Of Billy Williams Quartet
[The above photo provided by Paul Ressler.]

Above: Photo of The Billy Williams Quartet. Members were Billy Williams (lead tenor), John Bell (tenor), Claude Riddick (baritone), and Eugene Dixon (bass). In above photo, Williams is second from left with his arm around Conchita Nikkitani, entertainment writer for the Pittsburg Courier Press.

For a short article about The Billy Williams Quartet by J.C. Marion, please click HERE.



Coral Label-Billy Williams Quartet-1955
Above: Label image for Coral 61363 recorded 1/25/55 and released in February 1955. This is one of my favorite rockers. It features an introduction by dj Alan Freed (who was hitting it big in NYC at this time), Big Al Sears' saxophone, Mickey Baker's guitar, and Panama Francis' drums. Label states "With Alan Freed's Rock 'N Rollers".

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MGM Label-Billy Williams Quartet-1952 Coral Label-Billy Williams Quartet-1954
Above: (Left) Label image for MGM 11172 released in February 1952; (Right) Label image for Coral 61212 released in July 1954. The Billy Williams Quartet had releases on MGM (1950-52), Mercury (1952-54), and Coral (1954-58).

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"Wheel Of Fortune" - Billy Williams Quartet - MGM 11172 - 1952
"Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)" - Billy Williams Quartet - Coral 61212 - 1954
"ALL THREE OF THIS WEEK'S SONGS" played in sequence

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"Wheel Of Fortune" - Billy Williams Quartet - MGM 11172 - 1952 (file size=411KB)
"Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)" - Billy Williams Quartet - Coral 61212 - 1954 (file size=401KB)


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