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This was Elvis' favorite singing group. Statesmen Quartet with Hovie Lister (piano), Jake Hess (lead), Cat Freeman (tenor), Doy Ott (baritone) and the Big Chief James Wetherington. From the 50's, RCA Thesaurus Transcriptions # 1683. Have many more of these if there's an inteerst. Jake Hess, lead in this group, was Elvis' favorite singer. His group, The Imperials sang on the "How Great Thou Art" sessions. These songs were never released to the public. At this time, the recordings released to the public and those heard on radio were different. These are the radio versions, never released in any form.
Recorded at RCA Studios and taken from original discs.
Journey To The Sky
Wanna Rest
Just A Rose
Sin Ain't Nothing But The Blues
Listen To The Word From The Lord
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This was Elvis' favorite singing group. Statesmen Quartet with Hovie Lister (piano), Jake Hess (lead), Cat Freeman (tenor), Doy Ott (baritone) and the Big Chief James Wetherington. From the 50's, RCA Thesaurus Transcriptions # 1683. Have many more of these if there's an inteerst. Jake Hess, lead in this group, was Elvis' favorite singer. His group, The Imperials sang on the "How Great Thou Art" sessions. These songs were never released to the public. At this time, the recordings released to the public and those heard on radio were different. These are the radio versions, never released in any form.
Recorded at RCA Studios and taken from original discs.
Journey To The Sky
Wanna Rest
Just A Rose
Sin Ain't Nothing But The Blues
Listen To The Word From The Lord
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GIVB2DR0

You got any with Denver Crumpler singing tenor? He died in '57 I believe and Cat Freeman replaced him.

There's not much of the 1950s Statesmen circulating right now either in official or unofficial release.

The fact that this is gospel shouldn't scare people off, the Statesmen of that era made INCREDIBLE music.

Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JugHUSSp4c
 
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