Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#564 (Week of 4/19/08 - 4/25/08) [Upgraded on 10/7/17]

THIS WEEK'S SELECTIONS PROVIDED BY ANDREW BOHAN

"Those Magic Words"/
"I Wonder What It Takes To Make Me Happy"
by Ann Nichols And The Bluebirds
on Sittin' in with 561
released in 1950

"Lover I'm Waiting For You"/
"I'm Sixteen Years"
by Ann Nichols And The Sentimentals
on Tuxedo 926
released in 1958


Above: 1950 photo signed by Ann Nichols.

Inscription on photo: "To Ed - It's been real pleasant here at the Towne - See you real soon! Sincerely, Ann Nichols 11/16/50" (This refers to Eddie Ehrhardt, proprietor of the Towne Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The Towne at that time featured both stripper and singing acts.)


ADDED ON OCTOBER 7, 2017:

Above Left: New York Age, February 13, 1954: RED HOT GAL
Among the many talented youngsters along the "Dawn Patrol," none have quite caught the fancy of musical comedy producers like curvaceous Ann Nichols, dancer and boogie-woogie pianist formerly with the Lionel Hampton revue. Miss Nichols is now being groomed for a coast-to-coast tour starting Feb. 15 at the St. Maurice hotel, Three Rivers, Quebec, and ending at Ciro's in Hollywood on April 10.

Above Right: New York Age, November 27, 1954:
Ann Nichols, ace specialty artist who is scoring impressively as a member of Lionel Hampton's show and orchestra. Dec. 2 Lionel and his show are scheduled for a command performance at James Court in London.
(NOTE: Either Ann did not leave Hampton as stated in the previous blurb, or now she's back with him again.)

Above Left: Pittsburgh Courier, May 23, 1953: Steady, Now
Ann Nichols is the shapely young lass who dances and plays piano in a manner that makes her top star material. Miss Nichols tours with the Lionel Hampton orchestra and show. The Hamp recently concluded a sock tour of Canada. We can see why by looking at the picture.

Above Right: Pittsburgh Courier, September 6, 1952: HAMP SCORES AGAIN
New star in Hampton galaxy is Ann Nichols, star of radio and television, who is not only a superb terpsichorean artist, but plays the piano and sings. Ann, along with the Los Gatos Trio, Vinnie Tano, 19-year-old trumpet virtuoso, and regular stars Curly Hamner, Sonny Parker and Arnold Dover, make up the current "Hampton Parade," revue now touring the Pacific Coast.
(NOTE: A "terpsichorean artist" is a dancer.)

Pittsburgh Courier, January 24, 1953: Versatile Ann Nichols Shines With Hampton
Lionel Hampton, "King of the Vibes," always on the search for something new in show business, comes up with a winner this time in lovely Ann Nichols, who, aside from adding plenty of glamour to the star-studded show which appears with the orchestra, but also matches "Hamp" in versatility of talent with an act that includes first-rate dancing and piano playing. Pert Ann, a bundle of energy and personality, along with her talent, has scored heavily with the band wherever she has appeared, and has vied with most of the veterans such as Curly Hamner, Sonny Parker and Jimmy Scott for the spotlight when Hamp puts on his floor show.

A clever tap dancer coupled with a bit of ballet, Ann winds up her act in a whirlwind of simultaneous boogie-woogie piano playing and dancing. Only twenty-one years old, the good looking, shapely lass is destined to carve for herself a definite niche in show business and will add one more star in the crown of Hampton who is winning fame, not only as a great musician, but a maker of top-flight theatrical names. Credit Hampton with giving the youngster a break.... who, in turn, is giving show business a break by bringing to it a refreshing personality and a very clever act.


     

Above Left: Label image for Sittin' in with 561. The flip side song title "I Wonder What It Takes To Make Me Happy," as shown on the label, is not sung on the record. Ann Nichols And The Bluebirds had one other release on Sittin' in with (earlier in 1950).

Above Right: Label image for Tuxedo 926. The Sentimentals backed James Carter on one Tuxedo release prior to teaming with Ann. The Sentimentals also had several releases on the Mint label (1957-59), a subsidiary of Tuxedo.

Trade Magazine (August 1958): "Chris Forde, Tuxedo Records, announced the signing of cutie Ann Nichols to a recording contract. Session is being cut this week with immediate release planned..."

Chris Forde also owned Big Nickel Records (1950).

Listen to this week's selections by Ann Nichols And The (1) Bluebirds, (2) Sentimentals:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

  A. Stream RealAudio...
 
       (1) Those Magic Words - Sittin' in with 561 - 1950
       (1) I Wonder What It Takes To Make Me Happy - Sittin' in with 561 - 1950
       (2) Lover I'm Waiting For You - Tuxedo 926 - 1958
       (2) I'm Sixteen Years - Tuxedo 926 - 1958
 
       ALL FOUR SONGS played in sequence

  B. Download RealAudio...
 
       (1) Those Magic Words - Sittin' in with 561 - 1950
       (1) I Wonder What It Takes To Make Me Happy - Sittin' in with 561 - 1950
       (2) Lover I'm Waiting For You - Tuxedo 926 - 1958
       (2) I'm Sixteen Years - Tuxedo 926 - 1958
 
  C. Stream/Download Media Player...
 
       (1) Those Magic Words - Sittin' in with 561 - 1950
       (1) I Wonder What It Takes To Make Me Happy - Sittin' in with 561 - 1950
       (2) Lover I'm Waiting For You - Tuxedo 926 - 1958
       (2) I'm Sixteen Years - Tuxedo 926 - 1958
 
       ALL FOUR SONGS played in sequence
 
     [To download audio files, right-click on link
     and then click "Save (Link) Target As..."]



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