• The Chords (1)
     (L to R) James Brown, Strother Brown, Walter Douglas & Arthur Bell

     The Chords (1) (Washington, D.C.)

    Personnel :

    James Brown

    Strother Brown

    Walter Douglas

    Arthur Bell

    Discography :

    1953 - In The Woods / Daddy Loves Mommy (Gem 211)

    Biography :

    By 1953 Mrs. Lillian Claiborne was an eight-year veteran of the music publishing and recording field. She had already enjoyed a good run of 78 rpm single releases on DC records from 1947-1950. She had placed her most promising artists on other labels (The Cap-Tans to Gotham, Dot, and Coral, TNT Tribble, The Heartbreakers, and the Young Gospel Singers to RCA Victor, and Frank Motley to Gotham and later to Specialty -all with mixed results.

                                                                                                                        The Sh-Boom Chords

    By 1953 she was ready to get back into the local record business and managed The Chords from Washington, D.C. composed by James Brown, Strother Brown, Walter Douglas & Arthur Bell who recorded on NY's Gem Records the songs "In The Woods" b/w "Daddy Loves Mommy"  . As these guys had the "Chords" name before the ones who did "Sh-Boom", the resulting legal actions (which dragged on for months) forced a name change - of the Sh-Boom guys - to the "Chordcats".
    Thanks to Marv Goldberg

    Songs :

    In The Woods                                Daddy Loves Mommy




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