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SPOTLIGHT ON BETTE McLAURIN... PART TWO!

[BACK UP GROUPS... PART FIVE: THE STRIDERS! (1 of 2)]

"I May Hate Myself In The Morning"
by Bette McLaurin and Her Friends [The Striders]
on Derby 790
released in 1952

Photo Of Bette McLaurin
(Thanks to Paul Ressler for the above photo!)

Above: Photo of Bette McLaurin.

For an excellent biography of Bette, written by J.C. Marion, please click HERE.


Derby Label-I May Hate Myself In The Morning-Bette McLaurin and Her Friends-1952
Above: The fifth of six records that Bette McLaurin had released on New York City's Derby label. Yet another winning Bennie Benjamin/George Weiss composition. It quickly became a hit prompting many cover versions, but it was Bette's original that got into the national top 25 pop charts! Per Mike Sweeney's book, "Single Artist Groups", the vocal group backing Bette is The Striders.

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FOR SPOTLIGHT ON BETTE McLAURIN... PART 1, PLEASE CLICK "DO YOU KNOW WHY"/"MY DREAMS OF YOU"



April 1952 Billboard Ad

At left is an April 1952 Billboard Ad for Derby 790.

Derby began in July 1949. It was owned by Larry Newton. Orchestra leader, arranger, and musical director for the label was Eddie Wilcox.

The first release was Derby 711 "The Derby" by Freddy Mitchell. The label folded in late 1954.

Other artists to record for Derby were Sunny Gale, James Quintet, King Odom Four, Majors, and Four Fellows.











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