Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 7/7/01 - 7/13/01)


"Two Tears Met"/"Satchel Mouth Baby"
by The Four Tones
on Preview A-668/B-669
released in 1945

1945 Memo Records Ad 1946 Memo Records Ad
[The above Billboard ad photos provided by George Moonoogian]

Above: Billboard ads for Memo Records from 1945 (L) and January 1946 (R). In group photo on right, Dusty Brooks is in front. Memo and Preview were both small independent west coast labels.

The Four Tones sang in several "all black" western movies starring Herb Jeffries. These were "Harlem On The Prairie" (1937), "Two-Gun Man From Harlem" (1938), "The Bronze Buckaroo" (1939), and "Harlem Rides The Range" (1939). At that time, the group consisted of Lucius Brooks, Rudolph Hunter, Leon Buck, and Ira Hardin.


Preview Label-Two Tears Met-The Four Tones-1945 Preview Label-Satchel Mouth Baby-The Four Tones-1945
Above: Label images for "Two Tears Met" and "Satchel Mouth Baby" by The Four Tones. This is their second of two on the Preview label (1945). This was a productive year for them, also with five releases on Memo and three on Lamarrs Star... all in 1945.

Listen to this week's selections:

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

"Two Tears Met" - Four Tones - Preview A-668 - 1945
"Satchel Mouth Baby" - Four Tones - Preview B-669 - 1945
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

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

"Two Tears Met" - Four Tones - Preview A-668 - 1945 (file size=487KB)
"Satchel Mouth Baby" - Four Tones - Preview B-669 - 1945 (file size=411KB)


1949 Newspaper Clipping
[The above newspaper clipping provided by George Moonoogian]
Above: From The Pittsburgh Currier, 10/29/49:
"Coast Hits - Dusty Brooks and the Four Tones are holding forth at the Black and Tan Cafe in San Diego, Calif. They recently closed at Club Down Beat in Los Angeles, shortly after they had returned to California following a national tour. Combining music, group singing, and comedy, this group is one of the most versatile in the business. Left to right: Virgil Johnson, piano; Dusty Brooks, bass; Rudy Hunter, drums; Art Maryland, guitar; Stanley Cassey, trumpet and sax."

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