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The Foursome


Man vocal quartets were commonplace within the 1920s and ’30s, but there is nothing commonplace concerning the four teenagers from your Pacific Northwest who called themselves the Foursome. The group was originally created in 1926 by two males from Spokane, Marshall Smith and Dwight Snyder, alongside Harry Isaacs and Kearney Walton. They toured theatres around the East Coastline and documented for Columbia with Paul Ash before divorce. Isaacs and Walton (who continued to become bandleader) were changed by Jimmy Davis and Raymond Johnson in 1928; Davis quickly left to become changed by Del Porter, a pal of Johnson’s from Oregon Condition College, as well as the reorganization of the group was total. The Foursome made an appearance in several brief films as well as the Clara Bow feature The Crazy Party prior to going on to NY. Their dismal debut in Ripples (performing tunes by Oscar Levant and Irving Caesar) was accompanied by the strike George and Ira Gershwin display Lady Crazy (1930). They halted the show having a track known as “Bidin’ My Period” and all of a sudden discovered themselves the toast of the city. Immediately after, a track plugger persuaded these to record a whole new track known as “Walkin’ My Baby BACK,” insisting it might be a smash; they do and it had been. What offered the Foursome its exclusive sound and recognized them from additional man quartets was a gourd-shaped device known as the ocarina (dubbed the nice potato because of its form). “We worked well like hell to have them in tune,” noticed Ray Johnson, the group’s vocal and instrumental arranger. “You may never listen to that sound once again — nobody will be fool plenty of to accomplish it.” The Maple Town Four along with other organizations tried to duplicate them, but non-e could duplicate the audio. The Foursome documented with Crimson Nichols (who led the all-star pit music group in Lady Crazy) and Roger Wolfe Kahn (minus Dwight Snyder, alias the Kahn-a-Sirs) and journeyed using the Smith Ballew-Glenn Miller music group before going back again to Broadway. Cole Porter’s Anything Moves kept them occupied for just two years; through the Broadway operate they had their very own radio system on WABC, needing a law enforcement escort to encourage them to the theater promptly. The quartet came back to Hollywood for Delivered to Dance with Eleanor Powell and Pal Ebsen, and continued to be to be semi-regulars on Kraft Music Hall. They documented thoroughly for Decca in the past due ’30s, frequently with Dick Powell or Kraft web host Bing Crosby, notably on his strikes “Alla en Un Rancho Grande” and “Once the Bloom Is certainly in the Sage.” In addition they documented with Ray Noble, Shirley Ross, Pinky Tomlin and Frances Langford. The group split up past due in 1941 first of World Battle II. Del Porter, the only real member to stay within the music business, re-formed the group with Ray Johnson following the battle; they recorded because the Lovely Potato Tooters (with Dwight Snyder) for Capitol transcriptions with alternative personnel because the Starlighters, support Bob Wish and Margaret Whiting on “House Cookin’.”

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1 The members of this quartet were: Del Porter, L. Marshall Smith, Ray Johnson, and Dwight Snyder.



Go West, Young Lady 1941 The Saloon Quartette
Born to Dance 1936 Sailor Quartette
Radio Rhapsody 1935 Short Singers
The Yacht Party 1932 Short Singing Quartette (uncredited)
Stolen Heaven 1931 Musical Quartette (uncredited)
Angel Cake 1931 Short
The Bees' Buzz 1929 Short Vocal Ensemble (uncredited)



Go West, Young Lady 1941 performer: "Most Gentlemen Don't Prefer a Lady", "Somewhere Along The Trail"
Born to Dance 1936 performer: "Rolling Home" 1936 uncredited, "Hey, Babe, Hey" 1936, "Swingin' the Jinx Away" 1936 uncredited
Radio Rhapsody 1935 Short performer: "Rhythm Is Our Business" - uncredited
The Yacht Party 1932 Short performer: "Crazy People" - uncredited

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