The Majors on Original Records with Pauline Rogers (Center).
The Majors (1) (Brooklyn, NY.)
Bernard "Jimmy" Beckum (Lead)
Eddie Harris (Tenor)
Alvin Scott (Tenor)
Clyde "Bebe" Lee (Baritone)
William Beebe (Bass)
1951 - You Ran Away With My Heart / At Last (Derby 763)
1951 - Sleepless Nights / I'm Gonna Move Cross The River (Brownie McGhee) (Derby 776)
1951 - Laughing On The Outside, Crying On The Inside / Come On Up To My Room (Derby 779)
1954 - Big Eyes / Go Way (Original 1003)
1951 - When The Train Comes Along (Derby)
When he was fourteen, Beckum joined a Pentecostal church and sang with a gospel group and became the Brooklyn Crusaders. Milton Grayson, later of the Dominoes, sang at this church as well. Beckum sang with many gospel groups before moving to R&B. They changed their name to the Majors and were spotted by Phil Rose and Larry Newton of Derby Records.
Eventually, the Majors recorded Three records for Derby but none of these sold well. In 1953, with some changes of singers, The Majors recorded "Big Eyes" and "Go Away" on Original #1003.. Beckum would later marry the cousin of Willie Winfield's wife, Alice. Through her he met Willie Winfield of the Harptones. When Bill Galloway departed from the Harptones, Beckum was his replacement.
The Harptones (Bernard "Jimmy" Beckum on right)
You Ran Away With My Heart / At Last
Laughing On The Outside, Crying On The Inside / Come On Up To My Room