The Revelers - Oh Lucindy

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recorded 12/15/1927

The Revelers were an American quintet (four close harmony singers and a pianist) popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Revelers' recordings of "Dinah," "Old Man River", "Valencia," "Baby Face," "Blue Room," "Birth of the Blues," "When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba," and many more, became popular in the United States and then Europe in the late 1920s.

All of the members had recorded individually or in various combinations, and formed a group in 1925. The original Revelers were tenors Franklyn Baur and Lewis James, baritone Elliot Shaw, bass Wilfred Glenn, and pianist Ed Smalle. Smalle was replaced by Frank Black in 1926. The group (with Black at the piano) appeared in a short movie musical, The Revelers (1927), filmed in the sound-on-disc Vitaphone process. This one-reel short film, recently restored by "The Vitaphone Project," shows the group performing "Mine," "Dinah," and "No Foolin'." A second short, filmed the same day with another three songs, awaits restoration.

Baur was replaced by Frank Luther and then James Melton (later a Metropolitan Opera tenor).

4 comments

There is a copy of it now on You Tube. I was really amazed at how animated Franklyn Baur was while singing. Check it out.
By Vintagemusicman 5 years ago
I love this! A most distinctive rendition I hadn't heard before in splendid sound. Thank you for sharing!
By kspm0220s 5 years ago
I have seen the film clip on YT featuring "Mine" and "Dinah." It really brings them to life especially with Franklyn Baur demonstrating excellent rhythmic movements even though seated for the performance.
By Boston Blackie 5 years ago
love the revelers.......when and where will the film be available for viewing? what a treat to finally see them performing! thanks for the tune and information.
By Ron Youngman 5 years ago