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The Four Tracks


Through Tragar owner/producer Jesse Jones' many trips to Alabama and his close ties to Moonsong Publishing proprietors Clinton Moon and Sam Dees, Jones was introduced to Arthur Bailey, Ronnie Craig, James Dawson, and Eddie Stovall, a Birmingham vocal harmony group billing themselves as the Four Tracks. Recorded at Mike and Randy Matos’ New London Studios, “Charade” is a sleek, albeit borderline-corny, up-tempo number that’s impossibly catchy, while “You Mean Everything To Me” is a handsome ballad that gives Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes a real run for their money. Getting the promotional machine up and running again was easier said than done, and the release stuttered to a halt. Hits or not, the Four Tracks became a big act for JoCo, performing up and down the mid-Atlantic coast and South East. A second single, “What Am I To Do Now” b/w “I Don’t Want To Be Lonely Tonight” is discussed in the July of 1975 issue of Rah!, but nothing has surfaced thus far to suggest the songs were actually recorded.


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