Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 1/5/02 - 1/11/02)


SPOTLIGHT ON THE SHADOWS ON LEE LABEL PART 3!

"I'm Crying Cause You're Laughing At Me"/
"Don't Blame My Dreams"
by The Shadows
on Lee 207
released in 1950

Photo Of Jasper Edwards-1953 Photo Of Sam McClure-1953 Photo Of Raymond Reid-1953 Photo Of Scott King-1953

Above: 1953 Photo of The Shadows. (L-R) Jasper Edwards (bass), Sam McClure (baritone), Raymond Reid (tenor), Scott King (lead tenor).

1950 Press Release:
Group's Climb Shows Perserverance Pays Off
NEW YORK, Feb. 11-The Shadows, new quartet sensation currently riding hot via their rendition of "I've Been a Fool" on the Lee label, have been set for their first big theater date at the Paradise, Detroit, Feb.17. The group, which has been casting their talent about for several seasons, had to endure many hardships before eventually finding the road to success. Jasper Edwards came to the group from a garbage truck route in Connecticut. Scott King, lead voice, was just one step from the relief roles after a long layoff. The same was true of Sam McClure. Ray Reed [sic] was formerly employed washing cars.

Their big break came one night when they were heard by Ed Levy, a former army major who served in World War II. Levy was so excited by the Shadows that he tossed aside all his post-war plans and jumped right into the record business.

Despite the wonderful sounds the group gets out of their songs such as "I've Been a Fool" and "You Are Closer to My Heart Than My Shadow," the Shadows have until now just missed hitting the proper stride with the public. With booking agent Joe Glaser and others becoming more interested, however, the Shadows may yet prove to be the biggest thing heard since Bill Kenny and his Ink Spots crew nudged "If I Didn't Care" into the hearts of the nation.


Lee Label-The Shadows-1950 Lee Label-The Shadows-1950
Above: Lee 207 released in 1950. This is the third of three the group had issued on the Lee label (1949-50). This was followed by three releases on the Sittin' In With label (1950-52, from masters purchased from Lee) and then three on Decca (1953-54).

Listen to this week's selections:

A) Click on an option below to listen to Streaming RealAudio.

"I'm Crying Cause You're Laughing At Me" - The Shadows - Lee 207 - 1950
"Don't Blame My Dreams" - The Shadows - Lee 207 - 1950
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

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"I'm Crying Cause You're Laughing At Me" - The Shadows - Lee 207 - 1950 (file size=438KB)
"Don't Blame My Dreams" - The Shadows - Lee 207 - 1950 (file size=390KB)

FOR PART ONE OF THIS 'SHADOWS' SPOTLIGHT, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

FOR PART TWO OF THIS 'SHADOWS' SPOTLIGHT, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


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