Violinaires

  • The Violinaires were formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1952 when Willie Banks of the Evangelist Gospel Singers of Alabama moved to the Motor City and met Isaiah “Lil’ Shot” Jones, Wilson DeShields and Leo Coney. Seeking to organize a quartet in the style of the Evangelist Gospel Singers, the foursome added Providence Thomas of the Singing Sons and began appearing locally as the Violinaires (from the Malaco website). Bob Beatty and Calvin Fair joined the group a little later on, replacing Leo Coney (?) and in this line-up they recorded their first sides (for Drummond). The group continued to record for labels such as Gotham, Checker, Jewel and Malaco and they’re still active today.
  • All dates are recording dates.
  • This page lists all known recordings by the Violinaires, recorded between 1953 and 1971 (Checker). Their later recordings are omitted from this discography.

 

 

 

 

Detroit, MI, c. 1953
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  • Released as by the Voilinaires (typo).

 

Detroit, MI (?), c. 1954
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  • Released as by the ? Marks.
  • Different recording than “Another Soldier Gone” on Drummond.
  • The reverse side is by the Hollywood Flames (but also listed as by the ? Marks).

 

Detroit, MI (?), c. 1955 (?)
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  • Released as by the Violinaires of Detroit.

 

Detroit, MI (?), c. December 1957
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  • Krazy Kat LP 812 is titled “Gotham Gospel, Vol. 1” remaining titles are not by the Violinaires.
  • Calvin CD 241 is titled “Songs Of Unity”; remaining titles are not by the Violinaires.
  • Collectables CD 6000 is titled “Good Lord I’ve Been Saved”; remaining titles are not by the Violinaires.

 

Detroit, MI, c. April/May 1964
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  • The labels of Checker 5002 mention “J.V.B.”, which may indicate that these sides were recorded prior to the above date

 

Chicago, IL, February 5, 1965
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  • Checker LP 10011 is titled “Stand By Me”, click here for scans.

 

Chicago, IL, February 23, 1966
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  • Checker LP 10017 is titled “The Fantastic Violinaires”, click here for scans.

 

Chicago, IL, December 1966
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  • Checker LP 10020 is titled “I’m Going To Serve The Lord”, click here for scans.

 

Chicago, IL, c. June 1967
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  • Checker LP 10030 is titled “Move On Up”.

 

Chicago, IL, November 1967
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  • Checker LP 10040 is titled “Shout”, click here for scans.

 

Chicago, IL, March 1968
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  • Checker LP 10045 is titled “Live The Right Way”, click here for scans.

 

Chicago, IL, September 1, 1968
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  • Checker LP 10053 is titled “The Fantastic Violinaires In Concert”.

 

Chicago, IL (?), c. October/November 1968
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  • Checker LP 10050 is titled “A Christmas Dedication”. Other titles on this LP are not by the Violinaires.

 

Chicago, IL (?), c. February/March, 1969
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  • Chess LP 50053 is titled “You Can All Join In” and was released in 1974.
  • Checker LP 10057 is titled “God’s Creation”, click here for scans.

 

Chicago, IL, September 26, 1969
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Chicago, IL, July 1, 1970
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  • Checker LP 10060 is titled “At His Command”.

 

Chicago, IL, 1971
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  • Checker LP 10067 is titled “Groovin’ With Jesus”, click here for scans.