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Savannah Churchill

Savannah Churchill

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# Название релиза Информация об aльбоме Купить альбом в iTunes Год издания Лейбл
1 Una Mae Carlisle & Savannah Churchill 16 audio iTunes 1982 Harlequin
2 Just Whisper 2 audio iTunes Decca
3 Shake A Hand 2 audio iTunes Decca
4 Shed A Tear / Shake A Hand 2 audio iTunes Decca
5 Can Anyone Explain? / The Devil Sat Down And Cried 2 audio iTunes Arco (2)
6 I Want To Cry / Someday 2 audio iTunes 1948 Manor
7 Time Out For Tears 16 audio iTunes 1985 Jukebox Lil
8 In Spite Of Everything You Do / Don't Grieve, Don't Sorrow Don't Cry 2 audio iTunes 1951 RCA Victor
9 Time Out For Tears / All My Dreams (If All My Dreams Would Only Come True) 2 audio iTunes 1948 Manor
10 (It's No) Sin / I Don't Believe In Tomorrow 2 audio iTunes RCA Victor
11 Foolishly Yours / I Want To Be Loved 2 audio iTunes 1946 Manor

Savannah Churchill was born Savannah Valentine on August 21, 1920 in Colfax, LA. An only child, her father was a railroad man, working for the Missouri Pacific. In 1926, the Valentine family became part of the great black exodus from the rural South to the urban North, as Savannah's father switched from the Missouri Pacific to the Pennsylvania Railroad and moved the family to Brooklyn. Shortly after graduating from Girls' High School (in Brooklyn) in 1937, she married David Churchill and, of course, became Savannah Churchill. David and Savannah had two children; Gregory (born in 1938) and Michael (born in 1940). As a housewife and mother, Savannah had pretty much forsaken her love of singing and, in fact, was involved in learning dress design at New York University. In 1941, however, tragedy entered Savannah's life when her husband was killed in an automobile crash. Faced with the responsibility of supporting herself and her two young sons, Savannah made The decision to try singing professionally. She approached Benny Carter, a renowned Big Band leader of the day. He liked what he heard and gave her a job as the female vocalist with his band. Equally adept at belting out a jump blues tune or a mellow ballad, it was not long before recording offers starting coming Savannah's way. Her first two records were for Joe Davis' Beacon label, recorded and released in 1942. The labels first credited "Jimmy Lytell and his All Star Seven, Vocal Refrain by Savannah Churchill". Both records became hits, selling several hundred thousand copies. Due to Savannah's resultant popularity, Davis changed the labels to "Savannah Churchill and her All Star Seven" for future issues. Savannah next joined Benny Carter's Orchestra in 1943, recording at least five sides. This resulted in two Capitol releases, one side each with "Vocal by Savannah Churchill". In 1945, Irving Berman signed Savannah to Manor Records. Her third record for Manor, I Want To Be Loved, was her first with a vocal group. Their name was the Sentimentalists, a male group derived from the Brown Dots and soon to become the Four Tunes. One of the Sentimentalists, Pat Best, was a major factor in I Want To Be Loved becoming a big hit. He wrote the song (even though credit is given to Savannah on the label) and coached her in how she should sing it. From here on, male vocal groups would back most of Savannah's records. Next came two releases on Manor with backing by the Five Kings. Then, eight records on Manor and one on Arco, all with the Four Tunes on one or both sides. Arco was the new name for Manor starting in late 1949. Then came two more releases on Arco in 1950 followed by another two on Regal in late 1950 and early 1951, all backed by the Striders. There was one record issued on Columbia in 1948. These were two sides that Savannah and the Four Tunes had recorded, but not released, for Manor. In 1951, Savannah signed with RCA Victor resulting in five releases, all with vocal group backing. The first release was backed by the Four Tunes, who had moved to RCA Victor in 1949. The next three RCA Victor releases were backed by the Striders and the last by a pickup group. In 1951, Savannah, along with the Striders, appeared at the London Palladium. In 1953, Savannah went to another major label, Decca, producing five releases. The first is without vocal group on either side. The remainder have vocal groups on all sides, two with the Ray Charles Singers and the final two with an unknown "Quartet". There was one more release of note in 1956 on Argo, a subsidiary of Chess Records. This record has vocal group backing on both sides, believed to be by the Four Tunes. In 1960 Savannah recorded an album for Philadelphia's Jamie label, entitled Time Out For Tears, featuring new arrangements of several of her previously successful songs, and one single featuring 2 cuts from the album. Savannah died from pneumonia on April 20, 1974, leaving behind an abundance of consistently excellent records, including releases on four of the major labels.

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