Friday, October 23, 2009

Real Records You May Have Missed #20

Well, calculators were a lot more expensive back then, as were suits that fit well.


  1. The photo on the album was from their reunion show. Fifteen years earlier, the Northern Lights had disbanded, and each of the guys married gals who fed them well. For some reason, they thought they could still fit into their old suits.

  2. Well, I think it's time someone filled you in Eddie, very often in gospel quartets, the piano player is included in the picture. So even though there are five guys there, only four probably sing.

  3. Why wasn't Fats Domino included in my album cover photo? :-(

  4. Aaron, thanks for the instructive comment. I do know that that is the case in these releases. I simply find them funny because of the way they choose to feature their group. If they said, "with organist, Lou Moonbean, then HE would get name credit over the group. So, it's probably more ego than accuracy. You have to admit, it looks a little idiotic to announce "The Gospel Four" with a picture of five people crowding into the frame...then again, maybe it's just me.

  5. Like it's time somone filled you in Eddie, He's not an organists he a Kazooist! The kazoo is a wind instrument which adds a "buzzing" timbral quality to a player's voice when one vocalizes into it. The kazoo is a type of mirliton – a device which modifies the sound of a person's voice by way of a vibrating membrane. The kazoo is played professionally in jug bands and comedy music, and by Gospel Quartets/Quintets/Hextets everywhere since it is one of the few acoustic instruments to be developed in the United States and one of the easiest melodic instruments to play well, requiring only the ability to vocalize in tune.

    So a Quintet is better than a Tetratet so quit counting the Kazooists!

    Peace Out!



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