The Oleanders Quartette performs.



Wilson Daily Times, 8 December 1937.

This was probably the Oleander Quartet, comprised of George Boyd, Cecil Murray, Howard Scott, George Hall, and pianist Elijah Lamar, which performed blues and spirituals on radio, mostly as a backup to Leadbelly, the legendary folk and blues singer. (Notably, the group backed him on a recording of “Pick a Bale of Cotton” circa 1935.)


  1. Thanks for this information. I would like to note that at some point the Oleanders Quartet was comprised of: John Taylor Jr. (my father) – 2nd Tenor, BJ Wales – 1st Tenor, Howard Johnson “Baron” – Baritone, George Hall – Bass and Reginald Beane – Piano. This information was given to me by my mother Dorothy Marks Taylor. The time would have been in the late 30s or maybe early 40s. I would appreciate your response to the information that I have provided.
    Thank you,
    Dotti Anita Taylor

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