Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 4/9/05 - 4/15/05)


"Sweet Potato Swing"/"Nobody's Sweetheart"
by The Foursome
on Decca 1480
released in 1937


Above: Photo of The Foursome. As shown on the record label, they were Marshall Smith, Del Porter, Ray Johnson, and Dwight Snyder.

The Foursome were one of America's most popular vocal quartets during the 1920's and 1930's. Lifelong friends of Bing Crosby, the group backed the legendary crooner on some early recordings and appeared with him in the movie, "Pennies from Heaven". They also backed Dick Powell, Pinky Tomlin and Shirley Ross on records. The Foursome performed on national tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. For 66 weeks, they starred with Ethel Merman in the Broadway musical, "Anything Goes".



Above: Label for Decca 1480 recorded on 9/17/37 and released in 1937. The flip, "Nobody's Sweetheart", had been The Mills Brothers first record (issued in 1931).

In the same time period that The Mills Brothers (and others) were using voices as instruments, The Foursomes' records featured sweet potatoes as instruments. Not real sweet potatoes, but man made wooden ones.
[Thanks to Andy Rochman for providing the sweet potato link in above paragraph.]

Listen to this week's selections: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

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

Sweet Potato Swing - Decca 1480 - 1937
Nobody's Sweetheart - Decca 1480 - 1937
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

B) Click on an option below to listen to The Foursome using Downloading RealAudio.

Sweet Potato Swing - Decca 1480 - 1937 (file size=390KB)
Nobody's Sweetheart - Decca 1480 - 1937 (file size=411KB)


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