The Best of the Charioteers

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the very first CD to feature the 1930-1940's vocal group the Charioteers. The Best Of The Charioteers 2003 presents two-dozen tracks spanning over a decade during their stint with Columbia, and the related Vocalion and Okeh labels. The quintet's sublime blend was led by Billy Williams tenor, who would go on to have a well-received solo career as well. In addition to the sides featured on this compilation, The Charioteers would also become known for backing up other pop vocalists such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The group was promoted to tap into the success of the Ink Spots, who were on the rival Decca Records label. While not compiled extensively in this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the very first CD to feature the 1930-1940's vocal group the Charioteers. The Best Of The Charioteers 2003 presents two-dozen tracks spanning over a decade during their stint with Columbia, and the related Vocalion and Okeh labels. The quintet's sublime blend was led by Billy Williams tenor, who would go on to have a well-received solo career as well. In addition to the sides featured on this compilation, The Charioteers would also become known for backing up other pop vocalists such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The group was promoted to tap into the success of the Ink Spots, who were on the rival Decca Records label. While not compiled extensively in this collection, the Charioteers rich musical heritage also includes a significant and concurrently successful stint on the gospel circuit. One listen will reveal the profound influence that these sides had as definite precursors to both 1950's doo wop and ultimately modern R&B. The scope of material ranges from the fun, uptempo romps "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans"; the talkin' blues "Open the Door, Richard"; the chuggin' be-bop of "Oooh! Look-a-There, Ain't She Pretty?"; to the languid balladry of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," "We'll Meet Again," and the heartfelt "A Kiss And A Rose." The remastered sound of these recordings is also worth mentioning as the earliest sides were transcribed from actual 78 rpm records. However, such care was taken that listeners would be hard pressed to tell. The Best Of The Charioteers is the perfect companion to Ride Red Ride 1996 which includes 20 gospel and sacred sides from these masterful pop vocalists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742037722
  • Catalog Number: 377

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Charioteers Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Bob Crosby Composer
Lucky Millinder Composer
Russ Morgan Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Dick Jurgens Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Dusty Fletcher Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jack McVea Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Charles Randolph Grean Composer
Paul Greenwood Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
John Mason Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Billy Moll Composer
Alan Roberts Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
George Bassman Composer
Jack Fulton Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Clarence Todd Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
Ange Lorenzo Composer
Mack David Composer
Elmer Albrecht Composer
Joseph Reed Alden Composer
Hughie Charles Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Thomas Connor Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Mabel Wayne Composer
Traditional Composer
Remus Harris Composer
Irving Melsher Composer
Don Howell Composer
Eugene Novello Composer
Ross Parker Composer
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