The Cats & The Fiddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Vocals
Tags: swing jazz swing jazz jive all lindy hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s


This African-American vocal/instrumental group from Chicago, Illinois, USA, featured original members Austin Powell (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy Henderson (first tenor, tipple), Ernie Price (second tenor, tipple) and Chuck Barksdale (bass vocals, bass). The Cats And The Fiddle were one of the finest representatives of the string band/vocal harmony ensembles that were common in black nightclubs during the 40s. The group came together in 1937 as a vocal harmony group patterned after the Mills Brothers, and first appeared on local radio and in local clubs, particularly the Pioneer Lounge, which for the next 15 years they used as their home base between tours. The unit also appeared in motion pictures, including Too Hot To Handle (1938), Going Places (1939), and many short features. Signed in 1939 to RCA - Victor Records, recording on its Bluebird Records subsidiary, the following year they achieved success with a excellent Henderson-composed ballad, ‘I Miss You...

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