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"It Had To Be You"
by Madeline Greene and The Three Varieties
on Bluebird 30-0825-B (reissue)
released in 1941 (reissued in 1944)

Photo Of Madeline Greene With Three Varieties

Above: Photo of Madeline Greene and The Three Varieties. (L-R) Leroy Harris, Willie Randall, Budd Johnson, Madeline Greene. The Three Varieties were trombone/saxophone players in Earl Hines' Orchestra. Madeline married Willie Randall during this time.
Photo Of Madeline Greene Bluebird Label-Madeline Greene and Three Varieties-It Had To Be You-1941
Above Left: Photo of Madeline Greene (when she was with Earl Hines). Prior to her six releases (one side each 1941-42) with Earl Hines' Orchestra, she had one record with Jimmy Mundy's Orchestra on Varsity 8136 in 1939. She later had one release with The Magichords on Domino 310/311 in 1949.

Above Right: Bluebird 30-0825-B Label. This is a 1944 reissue of Bluebird 11308 originally released in October 1941. This is their third of six releases with Earl Hines' Orchestra on Bluebird.

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Photo Of Earl Hines
At left is a cropped photo of Earl Hines and his Orchestra. Madeline Greene and Billy Eckstein were featured vocalists with his orchestra during the early 1940's.

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Bill Proctor provides the following related Ink Spots information:
Huey Long played guitar in Hines' Orchestra (1942). Lord Essex Scott was there in 1945-46. Essex does the vocal "Nonchalant Man" (1945) on ARA #127, "Rosetta" (1946) on ARA #149, plus "Margie" (flip) with Dolores Parker & Arthur Walker.

NOTE: Huey Long was with The Ink Spots in 1945-46. Lord Essex Scott was with Charlie Fuqua's Ink Spots in 1954-55.

(Much of the information on this page was provided through the courtesy of George Moonoogian)

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