• The Octaves (1)

    The Octaves (1) (Philadelphia)

    Personnel :

    Moses Oliver (Lead)

    Paul Davis (Tenor)

    Harmon Bethea (Baritone)

    James Baker (Baritone)

    Leo Carter (Guitar)


    Discography :

    Unreleased :

    1956 - I'll Never Fool My Heart (D.C.)
    1956 - Open Up And Let Me In (D.C.)
    1956 - I Just Lost My Sweetheart (D.C.)


    Biography :

    When the Cap-Tans dissolved, Harmon Bethea returned to Gospel singing with a group called the Progressiveaires. They were: Moses Oliver (lead), Paul Davis (tenor), Harmon Bethea (baritone), James Baker (baritone), Ezra Davis (bass), and Leo Carter (guitar). Carter had been with the Clefs who had recorded "We Three" for Chess and "I'll Be Waiting" for Peacock.

    The Octaves (1)

    The Progressiveaires appeared on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts program and had a couple of releases on the (what else?) D.C. label in 1955. When Ezra Davis left, they changed their name to the Octaves, and did some recording (unreleased) for D.C.




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