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The Ray-O-Vacs

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Blues and Rock

The Ray-O-Vacs were a New Jersey R&B vocal group of the 1940s and 50s which recorded for Jubilee Records and Decca, among others. The name was after a battery brand.Group members included Lester Harris (vocals) later replaced by Herb Milliner, Jackson "Flap" McQueen (bass, leader), Joe Crump (piano) and saxophonist Leoparte "Chink" Kinney, whose typical style highly contributed to the group's sound. In their song Party Time vocal is done by Bill Walker.Their last releases were in 1957 with the Kaiser label.

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Come Over on Shine on Sweet Starlet by Various Artists
Outside of Paradise - Alternate Version on Outside of Paradise by The Ray-O-Vacs
My Baby's Gone on Doo Wop Pops by Various Artists
Party Time on Black Huchia Cuthia by Various Artists

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Title Artist Year Type
Riding High 1949-1957The Ray-O-Vacs2014Compil.
It's Party Time With The Ray-O-VacsThe Ray-O-Vacs2003Compil.
Besame MuchoThe Ray-O-Vacs2003Compil.
Besame MuchoThe Ray-O-Vacs1989Compil.
Party Time / Crying All AloneThe Ray-O-Vacs1955Single
I Still Love You / All About DaddyJackson "Flap" McQueen & His The Ray-O-Vacs1955Single
Darling / Ridin' HighThe Ray-O-Vacs1954Single
You Know / Outside Of ParadiseThe Ray-O-Vacs Featuring Herb Milliner1953Album
You Can Depend On Me / If You Ever Should Leave MeThe Ray-O-Vacs1951Album
My Baby's Gone / LetsThe Ray-O-Vacs1951Single
Happy Am I / Hot DogThe Ray-O-Vacs1951Album
Hands Across The Table / CharmaineThe Ray-O-Vacs1951Album
Once Upon A Time / Sentimental MeThe Ray-O-Vacs1950Album
A Kiss In The DarkThe Ray-O-Vacs1950Single
Besame Mucho / You Gotta Love Me Baby TooThe Ray-O-Vacs1950Album
The Battle Of The Blues / Lover Come Back To MeThe Ray-O-Vacs1949Album
Happy Am I / Why Did You Break My HeartThe Ray-O-Vacs1949Album
Hot Dog / I'm The Baby NowThe Ray-O-Vacs1949Album
I'll Always Be In Love With You / Groovin' LowThe Ray-O-VacsAlbum
Little Boy / I'll Always Be In Love With YouSylvia Robinson, The Ray-O-VacsSingle
I'll Always Be In Love With You / In This Whole WorldThe Ray-O-VacsSingle
Tragic / Party TimeThe Sheppards / The Ray-O-VacsSingle
My Baby's Gone / Hey Boy - Hey GirlThe Ray-O-Vacs / Oscar McLollie And Jeanette BakerSingle
Tears In My Eyes/ Ricky's Blues/ Outside Of ParadiseThe Ravens, The Ray-O-Vacs, Eddie Friend And The EmpiresSingle
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