Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 12/16/00 - 12/22/00)


PART ONE OF SPOTLIGHT ON DERBY RECORDS

"I Was Just A Fool"
by The James Quintet
on Derby 726
released in 1949

"Laughing On The Outside Crying On The Inside"
by The Majors
on Derby 779
released in 1951

(NOTE: This Week's "Record Of The Week" Suggested By Gerry Benedict)


Derby Label-I'm Just A Fool-The James Quintet-1949 Derby Label-Laughing On The Ouside Crying On The Inside-The Majors-1951
Above Left: Lead singer is Danny Johnson. This is the first of two releases by The James Quintet on Derby. They previously had recorded for Coral (1949) and subsequently recorded for Decca (1951).

Above Right: Lead singer is Bernard "Jimmy" Beckum. This is the second of two releases by The Majors on Derby. The group broke up after leaving Derby. Beckum later joined The Harptones.

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Larry Newton
Photo at left is Larry Newton, owner and president of Derby Records. Derby was somehow inter-related with Eddie Heller's Rainbow Records. The Derby label began in July 1949 and folded near the end of 1954. Along with Lee Magid, Newton also formed Central Records in late 1953.

Other vocal groups to record for Derby are The King Odom Four, Carnations, Striders, Winners, Imperials, and Four Fellows.








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