Rhythm Brothers and other vocal trios on record

78 rpm records

A few 78rpm records credit vocals to the Rhythm Brothers, a trio of singers of various personalities from the British radio scene of the 1930's. Members of these trios also recorded as Manhattan Trio, The Three T's, and on many other recordings with vocal trios. Some members like Clive Erard, Jack Lorimer and Ronnie Hill also provided solo vocal on many dance band records supported by a duo who was often Frank and Jack Trafford, from late 1935 till possibly early 1939. I'm trying to determine the identity of the trio on various Rhythm Brothers records and on other dance band records featuring trios. The voices of Frank and Jack Trafford have a distinctive style but it's not always easy to confirm their prescence on records.

Note: The two tables below list i) the Rhythm Brothers recordings and suggesting which actually feature Frank and Jack Trafford and ii) recordings by trios that probably feature them or some members that were the Rhythm Brothers.

i) Rhythm Brothers:
note: the exact identity of the trio is never certain, it was sometimes 'three from five' on radio broadcasts and that may have been the case with some recording sessions. Eddie Chadwick made only early test recordings, later recordings featured three from Clive Erard, Ronnie Hill, Jack Lorimer, Jack Trafford, Frank Trafford, Frank Bailey.

RecordDateBandTitlesComments
?1932 ? - So The Bluebirds And Blackbirds Got Together
Sunday Down in Caroline
test recording.
Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Eddie Chadwick
?1935 ?Clive ErardA Little Bit IndependentFrank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Eddie Chadwick
?1935 ?Clive ErardA Little Bit IndependentFrank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
Decca
F5550
May10
1935
AmbroseAmbrose's Tiger Ragmain vocal by Max Bacon, assisted by the Rhythm Brothers : Clive Erard, Ronnie Hill, Jack Lorimer
Decca
F5558
and
F7203
May17
1935
AmbroseLullaby Of Broadwaymain vocal by Sam Browne, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5584
Jun13
1935
AmbroseDixieland Bandvocal by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5583
Jun20
1935
AmbroseIn A Little Gypsy Tearoommain vocal Donald Stewart, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5590
Jun20
1935
AmbroseFare Thee Well Annabellemain vocal by Donald Stewart, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?) and Elsie Carlisle
Decca
F5609
Jul4
1935
AmbrosePortrait Of A Ladymain vocal Jack Cooper, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5609
Jul4
1935
Ambrose'Way back Homemain vocal Jack Cooper, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5744
Sep26
1935
AmbroseThe Danzamain vocal Jack Cooper, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5742
Oct12
1935
AmbroseThe General's Fast Asleepmain vocal Evelyn Dall, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5794
Nov13
1935
AmbroseThe King's Naveemain vocals Jack Cooper and Max Bacon, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5793
Nov13
1935
AmbroseGoodbye Troublemain vocal Jack Cooper, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
K820
Dec18
1935
AmbrosePiccadilymain vocal Jack Cooper, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Decca
F5860
Jan22
1936
AmbroseSunset Trailmain vocal Jack Cooper, assisted by Rhythm Brothers (as above?)
Rex
8856
Jul31
1936
Jay WilburKnock Knock Who's there? Parts 1 and 2vocal Jack Cooper and the Rhythm Brothers, and chorus
Rex
9125
Sep6
1937
Jay WilburI've Got Beginner's Luckvocals Rhythm Brothers
(? Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard)
Rex
9125
Sep6
1937
Jay WilburLet's Call The Whole Thing Offvocals Rhythm Brothers
(? Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard)
Rex
9141
Sep6
1937
Jay WilburSlumming On Park Avenuevocals Rhythm Brothers
(? Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard)
Decca
F6484
Sep29
1937
Ambrose>Oh! They're Tough Mighty Tough In The Westvocals Manhattan Trio, possibly a pseudonym for Rhythm Brothers (Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard) but during the perfomance there is a reference to 'Hanley' and that might suggest the trio here is in fact The Three Ginx (one of whom was named Hanley)
Rex
9220
Dec28
1937
Jay WilburWith "Mary" Tattooed On His Armvocals Rhythm Brothers
(? Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard)
Columbia
FB1894
Jan30
1938
Debroy SomersMe And My Girlvocals Rhythm Brothers: Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
Columbia
FB1894
Jan30
1938
Debroy SomersLambeth Walkvocals Rhythm Brothers: Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
Decca
F6928
Jan18
1939
Lew StoneSelection from 'Under Your Hat' - Keep It Under Your Hat, I've Lost My Wayvocals Rhythm Brothers: Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
Decca
F6928
Jan18
1939
Lew StoneSelection from 'Under Your Hat' - If You Want To Dance, Keep It Under Your Hatvocals Rhythm Brothers: Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
Decca
F6929
Jan18
1939
Lew StoneI Ups To Her And She Ups To Mevocals Rhythm Brothers: Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
Decca
F6946
Jan27
1939
AmbroseDid You Go Down Lambeth Way?vocals Rhythm Brothers: Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
Decca
F6946
Jan27
1939
AmbroseFerdinand The Bullvocals Rhythm Brothers: Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard
.....

2. Vocal trios or chorus singing with dance bands, uncertain identity :

RecordDateBandTitlesComments
Crown 7Jun19
1935
Jay Wilbur
(Rhythm Rascals)
Tiger Ragvocal trio
Panachord
25751
May24
1935
Lou PreagerMe And The Old Folks At Homevocals Ronnie Hill and duo
Decca
F5802
Panachord 25808
Nov14
1935
Syd LiptonUp The Old Narkoviansvocal Chips Chippendall with chorus
Decca
F5803
Panachord 25808
Nov14
1935
Syd LiptonI'm Going Home For Christmasvocal Chips Chippendall and trio
Decca
F5802
Panachord 25807
Nov14
1935
Syd LiptonAll For A Shilling A Dayvocal Chips Chippendall assisted by two speech
Rex
8667
Nov20
1935
Jay WilburSchoolboy Howlers, Part 1 and 2vocal trio?
(composer Clive Erard)
Decca
F5809
Nov22
1935
AmbroseSchoolboy Howlers, Part 1 and 2vocal Max Bacon and others
(composer Clive Erard)
Crown
98
Nov28
1935
Jay Wilbur
(Rhythm Rascals)
Schoolboy Howlers Parts 1 and 2vocal trio?
(composer Clive Erard)
Rex
8787
Apr9
1936
Jay WilburWe Saw The Seavocal Sylvia Cecil, assisted by the Co-Harmonists
Crown
196
May25
1936
Jay Wilbur
(Rhythm Rascals)
Wah-Hoo!vocal trio
Decca
F5990
Jun4
1936
Syd LiptonI Like Bananas (Because They Have No Bones)vocal Doris Hare, assisted by The Three T's
Decca
F5990
Jun4
1936
Syd LiptonMadama-ah! La Marquise-ah!vocal Doris Hare, assisted by The Three T's
Crown
201
Jun24
and Jul4
1936
Jay Wilbur
(Rhythm Rascals)
I'm Tickled To Death I'm Mevocal Jack Lorimer and duo
Crown
241
Sep3
1936
Jay Wilbur
(Rhythm Rascals)
Knock Knock Who's there? Parts 1 and 2vocal Jack Lorimer and duo
Decca
F6151
Oct10
1936
Syd LiptonSwing Me To Sleepvocal George Evans and The Three T's
Decca
F6137
Oct10
1936
Syd LiptonDandelion, Daisy and Daffodilvocal Chips Chippendall and The Three T's
Decca
F6169
Nov4
1936
Syd LiptonOh! My Goodnessvocal The Three T's
Decca
F6190
Panachord 25891
Nov4
1936
Syd LiptonSing A Song Of Nonsensevocal The Three T's
Decca
F6223
Panachord 25891
Dec1
1936
Syd LiptonWhen A Lady Meets A Gentlemanvocal The Three T's
Decca
F6283
Jan20
1937
Syd LiptonCowboyvocal Chips Chippendall and The Three T's
Rex
9005
Mar11
1937
Jay WilburHead Over Heelsvocal trio
Rex
9012
Mar22
1937
Jay WilburShe'll Learn To Like It Bye And Byevocal Tin Pan Alley Trio
Rex
9012
Mar22
1937
Jay WilburMcDougal, McNabb and McKayvocal Tin Pan Alley Trio
Decca
F6473
Apr23
1937
AmbroseWhen You Gotta Sing, You Gotta Singvocal Manhattan Trio, a pseudonym sometimes used by the Rhythm Brothers
(? Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard)
Decca
F6474
Apr23
1937
AmbroseThe Love Bug Will Bite Youmain vocal by Vera Lynn, assisted by Max Bacon and The Manhattan Trio
(? Frank Trafford, Jack Trafford, Clive Erard)
Note: the Sydney Lipton Panachord records were issued as Walt Bingham and his orchestra.

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