The Delta Rhythm Boys

The Delta Rhythm Boys were an American vocal group active for over 50 years from 1934 to 1987. The group was first formed at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, in 1934 by Elmaurice Miller, Traverse Crawford, Essie Joseph Adkins, and Otha Lee Gaines. In 1936, they moved to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they worked under Frederick Hall under the names, New Orleans Quintet and Frederick Hall Quintet. Clinton Holland (soon Read more on Last.fm. Read more

s) and Kelsey Pharr (replaced by Hugh Bryant in 1962) replaced Miller and Adkins. Rene DeKnight became their pianist.The group appeared often in the 1940s on radio programs such as Amos and Andy and The Joan Davis Show, and performed on Broadway in the shows, Sing Out the News and Hot Mikado. They also appeared extensively in film, including in You'll Never Get Rich with Bing Crosby and Rita Hayworth. Aside from their own recordings, they served as background vocalists for Charlie Barnet, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ruth Brown.One of their most successful releases was a vocal version of the Glenn Miller instrumental hit "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Harlem" from 1941 with lyrics by Buddy Feyne and music by Glenn Miller Orchestra arranger and composer Jerry Gray, Ben Smith, and Leonard Ware.Also memorable is their 1950s version of the spiritual song "Dem Bones", a hit record for them, and which they performed on television extensively, and is currently revived with at least two postings on You Tube.In the 1950s, they began to amass a large fan base in Europe, particularly in Scandinavia. In 1956, the group relocated to Europe and performed there up until 1987, when Gaines and Bryant died.In 1960, Kelsey Pharr died in Honolulu after a trip to Japan. Soon after, Carl Jones left to have more time with his family and was replaced by first tenor Herb Coleman. Hugh Bryant replaced Pharr.With the American music scene changing rapidly, the Deltas found their appeal diminishing. Overseas, they were royally received, however, so in the early 1960s the group made Paris their home base for years of European performances.In 1974, Herb Coleman was shot in Paris and died in the arms of Lee Gaines. Original Delta member, Traverse Crawford, died the following year. By 1979, the lineup was Gaines on bass, Bryant on baritone, Walter Trammell on first tenor, and Ray Beauty on second tenor. Lee Gaines died of cancer in Helsinki on July 15, 1987. At Gaines's funeral, Hugh Bryant collapsed while performing, and died, apparently from a heart attack.The Delta Rhythm Boys were later inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.One of their most famous songs, Dry Bones, has an special appearance in the LucasArts graphic adventure Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge when two skeletons dance and sing the song.The Delta Rhythm Boys version of "Alouette" is currently used in a commercial for Target.Read more on Last.fm. Read more

Guldkorn / 2001 / 21 songs / 1:00:52

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# Title Artist Album Duration Year
Play song 1 2:56 2001
Play song 2 2:44 2001
Play song 3 2:40 2001
Play song 4 2:49 2001
Play song 5 2:44 2001
Play song 6 2:33 2001
Play song 7 3:00 2001
Play song 8 3:06 2001
Play song 9 2:41 2001
Play song 10 3:06 2001
Play song 11 2:41 2001
Play song 12 2:20 2001
Play song 13 2:33 2001
Play song 14 2:41 2001
Play song 15 3:11 2001
Play song 16 2:52 2001
Play song 17 3:17 2001
Play song 18 3:04 2001
Play song 19 3:37 2001
Play song 20 2:45 2001
Play song 21 3:21 2001
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Anthology, Volume 2: 1947-1950 Jump & Jive 'til One O'Clock / 1947 / 26 songs / 1:15:08

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# Title Artist Album Duration Year
Play song 1 2:56 1947
Play song 2 2:37 1947
Play song 3 2:43 1947
Play song 4 2:46 1947
Play song 5 3:12 1947
Play song 6 3:06 1947
Play song 7 2:33 1947
Play song 8 3:07 1947
Play song 9 2:28 1947
Play song 10 3:06 1947
Play song 11 2:56 1947
Play song 12 2:44 1947
Play song 13 3:07 1947
Play song 14 2:25 1947
Play song 15 2:41 1947
Play song 16 2:34 1947
Play song 17 3:16 1947
Play song 18 3:15 1947
Play song 19 2:38 1947
Play song 20 3:08 1947
Play song 21 2:58 1947
Play song 22 3:07 1947
Play song 23 2:36 1947
Play song 24 2:57 1947
Play song 25 3:22 1947
Play song 26 2:50 1947
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Anthology, Volume 1: 1941-1946 Just A-Rockin' & A-Jivin' / 1941 / 26 songs / 1:15:06

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# Title Artist Album Duration Year
Play song 1 3:14 1941
Play song 2 2:58 1941
Play song 3 2:32 1941
Play song 4 3:04 1941
Play song 5 2:54 1941
Play song 6 3:22 1941
Play song 7 2:59 1941
Play song 8 3:02 1941
Play song 9 2:48 1941
Play song 10 2:50 1941
Play song 11 2:54 1941
Play song 12 2:39 1941
Play song 13 2:53 1941
Play song 14 3:05 1941
Play song 15 2:49 1941
Play song 16 2:53 1941
Play song 17 2:37 1941
Play song 18 2:56 1941
Play song 19 2:50 1941
Play song 20 2:44 1941
Play song 21 3:00 1941
Play song 22 2:43 1941
Play song 23 2:55 1941
Play song 24 2:49 1941
Play song 25 2:53 1941
Play song 26 2:43 1941
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Radio, Gimme Some Jive (Performances 1941-1945) / 1941 / 27 songs / 1:13:04

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# Title Artist Album Duration Year
Play song 1 2:57 1941
Play song 2 2:59 1941
Play song 3 2:28 1941
Play song 4 2:22 1941
Play song 5 2:17 1941
Play song 6 2:16 1941
Play song 7 2:51 1941
Play song 8 2:23 1941
Play song 9 2:34 1941
Play song 10 2:49 1941
Play song 11 2:42 1941
Play song 12 2:36 1941
Play song 13 1:48 1941
Play song 14 2:48 1941
Play song 15 2:53 1941
Play song 16 2:47 1941
Play song 17 2:43 1941
Play song 18 2:41 1941
Play song 19 3:17 1941
Play song 20 2:44 1941
Play song 21 3:02 1941
Play song 22 3:05 1941
Play song 23 3:13 1941
Play song 24 3:04 1941
Play song 25 2:27 1941
Play song 26 2:19 1941
Play song 27 2:59 1941
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Goin' Home / 20 songs / 58:23

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# Title Artist Album Duration Year
Play song 1 4:03
Play song 2 2:26
Play song 3 1:55
Play song 4 4:26
Play song 5 2:58
Play song 6 3:39
Play song 7 2:14
Play song 8 2:24
Play song 9 2:36
Play song 10 2:36
Play song 11 3:28
Play song 12 3:25
Play song 13 2:12
Play song 14 3:06
Play song 15 2:23
Play song 16 1:44
Play song 17 3:16
Play song 18 3:26
Play song 19 2:36
Play song 20 3:30
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I Dreamt I Dwelt in Harlem (The Road To Doo Wop) / 20 songs / 46:47

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# Title Artist Album Duration Year
Play song 1 2:18
Play song 2 2:10
Play song 3 1:08
Play song 4 2:42
Play song 5 2:19
Play song 6 2:35
Play song 7 2:42
Play song 8 2:08
Play song 9 2:22
Play song 10 2:09
Play song 11 3:31
Play song 12 1:27
Play song 13 2:16
Play song 14 1:47
Play song 15 2:14
Play song 16 2:32
Play song 17 3:09
Play song 18 2:12
Play song 19 2:43
Play song 20 2:15
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