• The Dixie Belles  (Memphis, Tennessee)
    aka The Tonnettes (2)



    Personnel :

    Mary Hunt

    Mildred Pratcher

    Shirley Thomas

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1963 - Down At Papa Joe's / Rock, Rock, Rock (Sound Stage 7  2507)
    1963 - Southtown U. S. A. / Why Don't You Set Me Free (Sound Stage 7  2517)
    1964 - New York Town / The Beat Street Dog (Sound Stage 7  2521)

    LP :
    1963 - Down at Papa Joe's (Sound Stage 7 SSS-15000)
    (Down At) Papa Joe's  / Bo Weevil / Telling Lies / Why Don't You Set Me Free / Good Night Irene / Way Down Yonder In New Orleans / Bourbon Street Parade / Forever Forever / Swanee River (Where They Rock All Night) / Rock Rock Rock / I Told You So  /Southtown U.S.A.



    Biography :

    The Dixie Belles were an American girl group briefly popular in the early 1960s. The Dixie Belles are The Tonettes who recorded two singles for the Stax Records subsidiary Volt in 1962. Their best-known single, "(Down At) Papa Joe's", hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 late in 1963, and the follow-up, "Southtown U.S.A.", hit #15 early in 1964. Both these songs were produced by Bill Justis, and released on Sound Stage 7 Records, a division of Monument Records.

    On record (at least for their first single, "(Down At) Papa Joe's"), The Dixie Belles were in fact all members of the all-white Anita Kerr Singers. An all-black touring group was assembled for publicity, promotion and live dates; this touring group may also have sung on some of the later recordings credited to the Dixie Belles.


    Based in Memphis, Tennessee, the Dixie Belles touring group had all previously sung backup in various capacities.  A full-length Dixie Belles album was released, but a third single ("New York Town") failed to hit the Hot 100, peaking at just #119 on Billboard's "Bubbling Under" chart.

    Shortly thereafter, their contract with Sound Stage 7 ended and they never released another single. Several members of the touring group later turned up in The Charmels, a group that recorded four non-hit singles for Stax between 1966 and 1968.


    Songs :

    Southtown, U.S.A.                   (Down At) Papa Joe's          Rock, Rock, Rock

    Why Don't You Set Me Free           New York Town  




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