In early January, a holdover from the previous year does well for Decca - Ragg Mopp by Lionel Hampton with vocal by The Hamp-Tones and For You My Love with vocal by Sonny Parker.
48124 - Roosevelt Sykes - 44 Blues / Have You Seen My Ida B?
48125 - Fat Man Robinson - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It / Blues Stay Away From Me
In February Decca ads tout the recordings of Sister Rosetta Tharpe,some with Marie Knight and some with the Lucky Millinder band.
48131 - Paula Watson - I Want A Short Fat Papa / I'll Be Glad Glad Glad
48126 - Joe Morris - Broken Hearted Blues / Low Down Baby
48130 - Fat Man Robinson - Bye Bye Roberta / Was I Right ?
48129 - Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones - They Call Me Mr. Blues / For You My Love
48135 - Joe Morris - Wig Head Mama / Ooh That's Good
Decca also recorded R & B on their 24000 series :
24815 - Louis Jordan - School Days (parts one & two)
24824 - Buddy Johnson Orchestra-vocal by Arthur Prysock - Because (parts one & two)
24864 - Lionel Hampton Orchestra - I've Been A Fool:voc-Jimmy Scott / I Almost Lost My Mind
:voc- Sonny Parker
In March Decca's new R & B releases are :
24877 - Louis Jordan - Push-Ka-Pee-She-Pie
25473 - Louis Jordan - Honeysuckle Rose / T-Bone Blues
48139 - Cecil Payne - Ham Hocks / The Worse Is Yet To Come
48141 - Ray-O-Vacs - Sentimental Me / Once Upon A Time
48142 - Harry Dial - Prince's Boogie Woogie / Diddy Wa Diddy
Decca begins the month of April by signing Timmy Rogers
24972 - Billy Holiday - God Bless The Child / This Is Heaven
24992 - Lionel Hampton - The Turkey Trot (parts one & two)
48145 - Fat Man Robinson - Kangaroo's Birthday Party / Gimmee A Pound Of Ground Round
48148 - Delta Rhythm Boys - It's All In Your Mind / Fan Tan Fannie
In May Decca emerges victorious in a court suit brought by Supreme Records, contending that Decca stole the arrangement in covering Paula Watson's original version of "A Little Bird Told Me" with their version of the song by Evelyn Knight. Also in May Joe Thomas, saxist, arranger, and composer,is named head of Decca's R & B department. Decca's Buddy Johnson recording of "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?" is to be used by Eagle-Lion Films in the promotion for the soon to be released motion picture "The Jackie Robinson Story"
24996 - Buddy Johnson Orchestra - You've Got To Walk The Chalk Line / Keep Me Close To You
48152 - Paula Watson - I'm Gonna Paper All My Walls With Your Love Letters / Don't Worry Me
48149 - Rosetta Perry - Worry Worry Worry / I Tried So Hard
48153 - Johnny Brown - My Luck Is Bound To Change / You Can't Run My Business
48156 - The Blenders - Honeysuckle Rose / Gone
48157 - Cousin Joe - Chicken A La Blues / Poor Man's Blues
In June The Blenders return with #48158 - Count Every Star / Would I Still Be The One In Your Heart?
48159 - Helen Marina with the Otis Tucker Orchestra - Leaving On The Midnight Train / You're Gonna Break Your Baby's Heart
48162 - The Ray- O - Vacs - Besame Mucho / You Gotta Love Me Baby, Too leads off in July
48163 - Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones - Hospitality Blues (parts one & two)
48167 - Gunter Lee Carr (Cecil Gant) - My House Fell Down / Goodnight Irene
27114 - Louis Jordan - Blue Light Boogie (parts one & two)
In September: - 48168 - Vivianne Green - Honey Honey Honey / Get To Gettin'
48170 - Gunter Lee Carr (Cecil Gant) - We're Gonna Rock / Yesterday
In October Decca Records renews its contract with long time star vocal group The Inkspots
27200 - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan - Ain't Nobody's Business / I'll Never Be Free
48172 - Jake Vaughn - Why Oh Why / Sittin'On Top Of The World
48175 - Harold Burrage w/the Horace Henderson Orchestra - I Need My Baby / Hi-Yo
In November Lionel Hampton is featured on #27305 - Oh Babe / Who Cares?
The label signs Cecil Gant under his own name to a recording contract. He had released records for the label under the name Gunter Lee Carr.
48176 - Helen Marina w/The Otis Ducher Orchestra - Talkative Baby / Do Me A Favor
48179 - Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones w/Brown's Blues Blowers - Michigan Water Blues / The Night Time Is The Right Time
48181 - Lester Harris & The Ray-O-Vacs - A Kiss In The dark / I've Got Two Arms
48183 - The Blenders - I'm So Crazy About Love / What About Tonight?
In December Louis Jordan begins his 13th consecutive year with Decca Records
48184 - Tom Fletcher - Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning / When It's All Going Out And Nothing's Coming In
27325 - Sonny Parker w/ Lionel Hampton's Orchestra - Merry Christmas Baby / The Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
48187 - Jake Vaughn - Since You've Been Gone / How Long How Long Blues
48191 - Cecil Gant - Train Time Blues #2 / It Ain't Gonna Be Like That
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