The Charioteers

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s

Biography

The members of this classic vocal group, formed at Wilberforce College, Ohio, USA, were tenor lead Wilfred ‘Billy’ Williams (28 December 1910, Waco, Texas, USA, d. 17 October 1972), second tenor Edward Jackson, baritone Ira Williams, and vocal arranger and bass Howard Daniels. The Charioteers, in common with many black vocal ensembles of the 40s, were a pop music act in the manner of the Ink Spots rather than an R&B ensemble. They came together in 1930 and, after winning an all-Ohio quartet contest in 1934, were rewarded with a two-record recording contract with Decca Records and a short radio show on WLW-Cincinnati. The original group included Williams, Daniels, Peter Leubers, and John Harewood, but in 1936 when the group moved to New York, Leubers and Harewood were replaced by Jackson and Ira Williams, respectively. The group appeared on the Mutual radio network and in 1937 signed with Vocalion Records, finally launching their extensive recording...

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