Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#615 (Week of 5/2/09 - 5/8/09)


THIS WEEK'S SELECTIONS PROVIDED BY ANDREW BOHAN

"My Mother's Prayers"/"Heavenly Road"
by Lula Reed And The Harmonaires
on King 4590
released in 1952


Above: Lula Reed from January 22, 1953 edition of Jet Magazine.

Jet Magazine (1-22-53) Lula Reed Called Musical 'Find Of Year'

Lulu Reed, a pretty, 22-year-old vocalist who was singing in a Port Clinton, Ohio, church choir a year ago, was acclaimed by recording officials and disc jockeys as the singing "find of the year." After racking up five successive song hits as a vocalist for the Sonny Thompson band (Drowning My Tears, My Story, My Mother's Prayers), Lulu was awarded a gold record of each of the five songs she made juke box favorites for King Records and was named "Girl of the Year" by the Southwest Association of Disk Jockeys. A big favorite among the servicemen, at home and abroad, she was voted "Favorite Pinup Girl" by GIs at Fort Smith, Ark. Lulu got her big break early in 1952 when she outsang 50 other contestants for the vocal spot with the Thompson band In Toledo, Ohio.

    

NOTE: The names "Lula" and "Lulu" are exactly as shown in the actual article. It's interesting that she did use the "Lulu" moniker later for her Argo releases.



Above: Label image of King 4590 recorded on 10/7/52 and released in December 1952. Lula Reed had many releases on the King label from 1952 to 1956. Included below is one from 1955, "Why Don't You Come On Home," backed by a quartet, probably The Harmonaires (who were also backing up Bonnie Lou on King in 1955).

Listen to this week's selections by Lula Reed And The Harmonaires:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
Above: King 4811 Label

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
         My Mother's Prayers - King 4590 - 1952
         Heavenly Road - King 4590 - 1952
         Why Don't You Come On Home - King 4811 - 1955
 
         ALL THREE played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
         My Mother's Prayers - King 4590 - 1952
         Heavenly Road - King 4590 - 1952
         Why Don't You Come On Home - King 4811 - 1955
 
     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
         My Mother's Prayers - King 4590 - 1952
         Heavenly Road - King 4590 - 1952
         Why Don't You Come On Home - King 4811 - 1955


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