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Do Ray Me Trio

Like many R&B groupings in the immediate post-World War II period, the Do Ray Me Trio (also known as Do Ray And Me Trio) were a nightclub act that played a combined mix of vocal harmony ballads, jive quantities, jazz and blues. The group was produced in 1942 in California, USA, as the Al ‘Stomp’ Russell Trio, and comprised Al Russell (tenor and piano), Joel Cowan (tenor and electric guitar) and William ‘Doc Basso’ Joseph (bass and bass fiddle). They documented for Excelsior, Deluxe, and Queen Information without much achievement. In 1947, Joseph was changed by Joe Davis as well as the group followed the name Perform Ray Me Trio. This brand-new ensemble produced their initial recordings for the Commodore Information label and acquired popular with ‘Wrapped Up INSIDE A Desire’ (#2 2 R&B) by the end of 1947. Bass participant Joe Davis was changed in 1948 by Curtis Wilder, whose tenor produced the group an all-tenor group. Among the trio’s finest all-tenor recordings was the blow-harmony ballad ‘Just One Desire’, documented for Ivory Information in 1949. When Cowan remaining in 1950 to become listed on Camille Howard, the trio split up. The Perform Ray Me Trio was re-formed in 1951 with users Al Russell (piano), Al Moore (bass) and Friend Hawkins (drums). This group documented many singles for OKeh Information in 1951, after that sporadically through the entire 50s for brands including Brunswick Information, Variety, Coral Information, Reet and Carlton. The trio documented one recording for the Stereophonic label in 1960, and it became the group’s last documenting. The Perform Ray Me Trio continuing to try out in nightclubs for a number of decades afterwards.

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