2 vintage recordings: 1944 Navy jazzmen who were members of B-1, the first African Americans to serve in the modern Navy at rank higher than messman, and a soundtrack recording from 1947 of a black cast musical comedy featurette.
The Moonglowers were the second dance band formed out of U.S. Navy B-1 during its service at Pearl Harbor during World War II.
The soundtrack recording musicians were a Greensboro, NC-based band called the Rhythm Vets, comprised of Navy veterans from B-1 and from other African-American Navy bands, including Lou Donaldson, who makes his professional recording debut on this recording.
All songs were written and composed by William Lord. Vocalists were all performers traveling in eastern North Carolina with Winstead’s Mighty Minstrels and Irvin C. Miller’s Brown Skin Models.
- Published by R.A. Fountain February 2015
- CD • 51 minutes
- Engineered and co-produced by Lightnin’ Wells & Jim Roshelli
- Liner notes by Alex Albright, co-producer
- Manufactured by Blind Dog Studios, Crestwood, Kentucky
- CD within vintage 1984 cover with liner notes insert