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Swan Silvertones


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    • us: Swan Silvertone Singers
    • us: Swans (Gospel group)
    • us: Swan's Silvertones
    • us: Silvertone Singers (Claude Jeter)
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    • found: Jeter, C. Yesterday and today [SR] p1988: label (Swan Silvertones, gospel quintet)
    • found: Swan Silvertones. Gospel soul [SR] p1993: label (Swan Silvertone Singers)
    • found: Oxford music online, April 6, 2017: Encyclopedia of popular music (Swan Silvertones; gospel vocal quartet formed in 1938 in West Virginia by four coalminers, Claude Jeter (lead), Eddie Boroughas, John Myles and Leroy Watkins; the Silvertones; line-up changed frequently; recorded for King Records in Cincinnati, Specialty Records, and Vee Jay Records)
    • found: Wikipedia, April 6, 2017 (Swan Silvertones; American gospel music group that first achieved popularity in the 1940s and 1950s under the leadership of Claude Jeter; formed by Jeter in 1938 as the Four Harmony Kings [no entries in catalog; do not confuse with earlier gospel group by this name]; after moving to Knoxville, Tennessee and obtaining their own radio show, the group changed its name to the Silvertone Singers in order to avoid confusion with another ensemble known as the Four Kings of Harmony; added the name Swan shortly thereafter, since Swan Bakeries sponsored their show; recorded for Specialty Records from 1951 to 1955, when it switched to Vee-Jay Records)
    • found: Encyclopedia of American gospel music, 2005 (Swan Silvertones; the Swans; formed in 1938 by falsetto tenor Claude A. Jeter in Coalwood, West Virginia as the Four Harmony Kings, or Kings, consisting of Jeter, Solomon Womack, John Myles, and Henry Bossard; changed name in 1942 to the Silvertone Singers to avoid confusion with the Four Kings of Harmony; moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they changed their name to the Swan Silvertones to advertise their sponsor, the Swan Bakery; relocated to Pittsburgh in 1948; recorded on King Records (1946-1952), Speciality Records, Vee-Jay Records (beginning in 1956), and Hob Records)
    • found: Email from Anthony Heilbut, April 7, 2017 (The Silvertone Singers, a gospel group who recorded in New Orleans in 1950 and 1953 for the Mercury label, are not the same as the Swan Silvertones; in fact several recording quartets claimed the Silvertones name)
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