Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 4/14/01 - 4/20/01)


SPOTLIGHT ON BETTE McLAURIN... PART ONE!

"Do You Know Why?"
by Bette McLaurin (and vocal group)
on Coral 60906
released in 1953

Photo Of Bette McLaurin Photo Of Bette McLaurin

Above: Photos of Bette McLaurin from early 1950's. McLaurin recorded with The Striders on Derby in 1952 and later with The Four Fellows on Glory in 1955-56. She also recorded for Jubilee (1955) and Atco (1957).

From Billboard 12/52: "The Amsterdam News' 15th Annual Midnight Benefit Show will be held at the Apollo Theater, New York, Friday (12/12/52). Stars lined up for the benefit to date include... Ella Fitzgerald... Sunny Gale... Bill Kenny and the Ink Spots... Bette McLaurin... the Enchanters..." NOTE: The Enchanters were a female vocal group, who had two records released on Jubilee in 1952.


Coral Label-Do You Know Why?-Bette McLaurin (and vocal group)-1953
Above: Recorded 12/9/52. It was released in January 1953.
(Thanks to Ferdie Gonzalez for the above dates!)

From Billboard 11/22/52: "In a renewed drive to hypo its disk sales in the r.&b. field, Coral Records this week added former Derby thrush Bette McLaurin to its artist roster. Miss McLaurin's most recent waxing of 'My Heart Belongs To Only You' is getting good sales action in both the r.&b. and pop fields. Her first Coral recording dates will be held later this month."

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