Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 10/28/00 - 11/3/00)


PART ONE OF SPECIAL FIVE WEEK TRIBUTE
TO SAVANNAH CHURCHILL

(presented intermittently over the next few months)

"Fat Meat Is Good Meat"
by Savannah Churchill
on Joe Davis 7104-A
released in 1942*

"Two Faced Man"
by Savannah Churchill
on Gennett 7106-A
released in 1942*

(*original release on Beacon label)



Photo of Savannah Churchill

Above: Photo of Savannah Churchill. She began her career as a solo singer (as featured in part 1), but is most well known for fronting male vocal groups such as The Four Tunes, Five Kings and Striders.


Joe Davis Label-Fat Meat Is Good Meat-Savannah Churchill-1942 Gennett Label-Two Faced Man-Savannah Churchill-1942
Above: Both Recorded 7/28/42. These are Savannah's first two records, originally released on the Beacon label in 1942. Joe Davis owned the Beacon, Gennett, Davis and Joe Davis labels (and later in the mid-1950's, the Jay-Dee label). Both of these records were good sized hits selling about 200,000 copies each!

Both of the above labels state "Gennett Record Division The Starr Piano Co. Inc. Richmond, Ind.". Gennett was a big jazz label in the 1920's, but folded in the early 1930's. Joe Davis, who was located in NYC, had recently purchased Gennett (not sure of year... could be 1944).

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Beacon Label-Fat Meat Is Good Meat-Savannah Churchill-1942 Beacon Label-Two Faced Man-Savannah Churchill-1942
Above: These are the original issue Beacon labels. Note that, unlike the Joe Davis and Gennett reissues, these credit Jimmy Lytell and his All Star Seven! I suspect that once Savannah had gained popularity, Davis decided to push the reissues using her name.

Notice that these labels state "Licensed by Beacon Record Co., N.Y.C. (MFR)" and do not show Richmond, Ind. Also, notice that "Two Faced Man" co-writer credit is 'Leslie Beacon', but later became 'Joe Davis' on the Gennett release.


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