Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 5/21/05 - 5/27/05)

"Side By Side"
by Floyd Ray And His Orchestra
Vocal by Ivy, Verne & Von
on Decca 2618 B
released in 1939

Above: Photo of Ivy, Verne & Von with Lady Will Carr. Their names may have been Ivy Jones, Verne Whittaker, and Willie Lee (Von) Floyd. Can anyone confirm that? This photo from 1944 shows them as a self-contained vocal/instrumental group.

From Marv Goldberg (5-22-05): The names that I've always had for Ivy, Vern, & Von are: Ann (Ivy) Glascoe, Lavern (Vern) Whittaker, and Willie (Von) Floyd. However, it would make more sense if there had actually been someone called Ivy in the group. It's not a group name that anyone would easily think of, so if the original three were close to that name, it might have suggested itself to them.

Above: Photo of Floyd Ray. His first band was called "The Harlem Dictators". Floyd played saxaphone and bass, but not in his bands. He was primarily the leader, arranger and songwriter.

Above: Label for Decca 2618 B recorded on 4/13/39.

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