#863 (5/7/16 - 5/20/16)

"RECORD OF THE WEEK" (5/10/97 - 5/10/16)

"You Mean Everything To Me"
by Rudy Greene And The Four Buddies
on Club "51" 103
released in 1955

[The above picture is from the cover of Relic LP 5059.]
Above: The Four Buddies in 1955 (L-R) William Bryant (bass/baritone), Irvin Hunter (tenor), Jimmy Hawkins (tenor), Dickie Umbra (baritone/bass), and Ularsee Manar (lead tenor). These are NOT The Four Buddies who recorded for the Savoy label.

Click HERE for an article about The [Other] Four Buddies by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: Another photo of the The Four Buddies, who were actually known as The Buddies, except when seen on the Club "51" labels.

Above: Two Rudy Greene' clippings from (Left) Pampa (Texas) Daily News from 1951 and (Right) Cleveland Call And Post from 1955. "Highway No. 1" is the flip side of "You Mean Everything To Me".

[The above photo of Savoy Record Mart is from Relic LP 5059 and is courtesy of Lillian and Jimmie Davis.]
Above: In 1955, Lillian and Jimmie Davis, owners of Savoy Record Mart in Chicago, started the Club "51" Record Company. The label continued to exist until near the end of 1957, followed by the closing of the record store in 1958. There were a total of eight singles released on the label, six sides with vocal groups, four with The Four Buddies and two with The King's Men.

Click HERE for an article about The Club "51" Record Label.
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Above: Label image of Club "51" 103 released in April 1955. L. & J. refers to Lillian and James Davis, owners of the Club "51" record label. The flip side is "Highway No. 1" by Rudy Greene with no vocal group. Greene-Davis are shown as composers on both sides.

The Four Buddies also backed up female singer Bobby James on one side on Club "51" 104 (1955). They had one release on their own on Club "51" 105 (1956).

The Billboard Review (5/7/55):

RUDY GREENE - CLUB '51 103....
You Mean Everything To Me
(66) A quiet, sentimental ballad in which Greene gets a tastefully harmonized backing from the Four Buddies. A good side that deserves wide exposure.

(NOTE: A ratings range of 60-69 was considered "satisfactory.")

Listen to this week's selection featuring Rudy Greene And The Four Buddies on Club "51" 103 from 1955:
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