The Ravens

Be I Bumble Bee or Not

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Excepting only a trio of singles for Hub from 1946, Be I Bumble Bee or Not reissues the earliest material recorded by the Ravens, the best of their 1947-49 hitch with National. That period saw the most chart activity for the quartet as well as the recording of their greatest material, close-harmony gems like the effervescent "Be I Bumble Bee or Not," an understated yet swinging "Ol' Man River," bouncy lovers' requests like "Write Me a Letter" and "Send for Me If You Need Me." Like fellow harmonists the Ink Spots, the Ravens often indulged in standards, and turned in interesting diversions on their versions of "Summertime," "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do," and "Always," plus a pair of holiday favorites: "Silent Night" and "White Christmas." Jimmy Ricks' deep bass is reason enough to hear these songs, and the smooth harmonizing of the rest of the group is the icing on the cake.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:44
2
3:11
3 2:58
4 2:57
5 3:09
6 2:52
7 2:57
8 3:03
9 3:06
10 3:02
11 2:47
12 2:48
13 3:14
14 3:01
15 3:04
16 2:28
17 3:09
18 2:53
19 2:47
20 2:47
21 2:28
22 2:30
23 2:29
24 3:02
25 2:18
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