Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 9/22/01 - 9/28/01)


"I'll Get Along Somehow"
by The Basin Street Boys
on Exclusive 247
released in 1947

Photo Of Basin Street Boys

Above: Photo of Basin Street Boys. Ormonde Wilson, the lead singer, is second from the right. The group's other members included Gene Price, Reuben Saunders, and Artie Waters.

Exclusive Label-Basin Street Boys-I'll Get Along Somehow-1947
Above: Exclusive 247 Label (Released 1947). This is The Basin Street Boys' seventh of nine releases on Exclusive (1946-48), including one record backing Judy Carol.

Exclusive Label-Basin Street Boys-Near To You-1947 Exclusive Label-Basin Street Boys-I Sold My Heart To The Junk Man-1948
Above Left: Exclusive 21x Label (Released 1947). Label proclaims "Popular Series". This is the group's last release on Exclusive, except for the re-issue of "I Sold My Heart To The Junk Man".

Above Right: Exclusive 39x Label (Released 1948). This was originally issued on Exclusive 225 in 1946 and was the group's biggest record. They continued their recording career with two releases on Mercury (1948) as Ormond [sic] Wilson and The Basin Street Boys and one release on Leda (1950) as Ormonde Wilson and The Basin Street Boys.


Listen to this week's selections:

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

"I'll Get Along Somehow" - Basin Street Boys - Exclusive - 1947
"Near To You" - Basin Street Boys - Exclusive - 1947
"I Sold My Heart To The Junk Man" - Basin Street Boys - Exclusive - 1948
"ALL THREE SONGS" played in sequence

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

"I'll Get Along Somehow" - Basin Street Boys - Exclusive - 1947 (file size=438KB)
"Near To You" - Basin Street Boys - Exclusive - 1947 (file size=422KB)
"I Sold My Heart To The Junk Man" - Basin Street Boys - Exclusive - 1948 (file size=460KB)


Exclusive Records Ad


Exclusive was located in Hollywood, CA and owned by Leon René.

The ad at left is from 4/6/46 and shows Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers, Herb Jeffries, Johnny Moore and his Three Blazers, and The Basin Street Boys as "A Pat Hand... the artist heard only on Exclusive Records". In other words, exclusively on Exclusive. An interesting statement as Johnny Moore's Three Blazers had numerous releases on Modern and Philo/Aladdin while with Exclusive!

Brother Otis René owned the Excelsior label located in Los Angeles, CA. As noted on the above label images, the brothers also composed some of the material released on their labels.

[Ad at left provided by George Moonoogian]






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