Savannah Churchill

Real Name:
Savannah Churchill
Profile:
US rhythm & blues and pop singer.
Savannah Churchill was born Savannah Valentine on August 21, 1920 in Colfax, LA. An only child, her father was a railroad man, working for the Missouri Pacific. In 1926, the Valentine family became part of the great black exodus from the rural South to the urban North, as Savannah's father switched from the Missouri Pacific to the Pennsylvania Railroad and moved the family to Brooklyn.

Shortly after graduating from Girls' High School (in Brooklyn) in 1937, she married David Churchill and, of course, became Savannah Churchill. David and Savannah had two children; Gregory (born in 1938) and Michael (born in 1940). As a housewife and mother, Savannah had pretty much forsaken her love of singing and, in fact, was involved in learning dress design at New York University. In 1941, however, tragedy entered Savannah's life when her husband was killed in an automobile crash.

Faced with the responsibility of supporting herself and her two young sons, Savannah made The decision to try singing professionally. She approached Benny Carter, a renowned Big Band leader of the day. He liked what he heard and gave her a job as the female vocalist with his band.

Equally adept at belting out a jump blues tune or a mellow ballad, it was not long before recording offers starting coming Savannah's way.

Her first two records were for Joe Davis' Beacon label, recorded and released in 1942. The labels first credited "Jimmy Lytell and his All Star Seven, Vocal Refrain by Savannah Churchill". Both records became hits, selling several hundred thousand copies. Due to Savannah's resultant popularity, Davis changed the labels to "Savannah Churchill and her All Star Seven" for future issues.

Savannah next joined Benny Carter's Orchestra in 1943, recording at least five sides. This resulted in two Capitol releases, one side each with "Vocal by Savannah Churchill".

In 1945, Irving Berman signed Savannah to Manor Records. Her third record for Manor, I Want To Be Loved, was her first with a vocal group. Their name was the Sentimentalists, a male group derived from the Brown Dots and soon to become the Four Tunes. One of the Sentimentalists, Pat Best, was a major factor in I Want To Be Loved becoming a big hit. He wrote the song (even though credit is given to Savannah on the label) and coached her in how she should sing it.

From here on, male vocal groups would back most of Savannah's records. Next came two releases on Manor with backing by the Five Kings. Then, eight records on Manor and one on Arco, all with the Four Tunes on one or both sides. Arco was the new name for Manor starting in late 1949. Then came two more releases on Arco in 1950 followed by another two on Regal in late 1950 and early 1951, all backed by the Striders.

There was one record issued on Columbia in 1948. These were two sides that Savannah and the Four Tunes had recorded, but not released, for Manor.

In 1951, Savannah signed with RCA Victor resulting in five releases, all with vocal group backing. The first release was backed by the Four Tunes, who had moved to RCA Victor in 1949. The next three RCA Victor releases were backed by the Striders and the last by a pickup group. In 1951, Savannah, along with the Striders, appeared at the London Palladium.

In 1953, Savannah went to another major label, Decca, producing five releases. The first is without vocal group on either side. The remainder have vocal groups on all sides, two with the Ray Charles Singers and the final two with an unknown "Quartet".

There was one more release of note in 1956 on Argo, a subsidiary of Chess Records. This record has vocal group backing on both sides, believed to be by the Four Tunes.

In 1960, Savannah recorded an album for Philadelphia's Jamie label, entitled Time Out For Tears, featuring new arrangements of several of her previously successful songs, and one single featuring 2 cuts from the album.

Savannah died from pneumonia on April 20, 1974, leaving behind an abundance of consistently excellent records, including releases on four of the major labels.
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Albums

JLP 70-3016 Savannah Churchill - Time Out For Tears album art Savannah Churchill Time Out For Tears (Album) Jamie JLP 70-3016 US 1960 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1014 Savannah Churchill - I Can't Get Enough Of You / Too Blue To Cry album art Savannah Churchill And Al Killian And His Orchestra Savannah Churchill And Al Killian And His Orchestra - I Can't Get Enough Of You / Too Blue To Cry(Shellac, 10") Manor 1014 US 1945 Sell This Version
1046 Savannah Churchill - Foolishly Yours / I Want To Be Loved album art Savannah Churchill And The Sentimentalists (3) Savannah Churchill And The Sentimentalists (3) - Foolishly Yours / I Want To Be Loved Manor 1046 US 1946 Sell This Version
1093 Savannah Churchill - Is It Too Late / I Understand album art Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes / The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes / The Four Tunes - Is It Too Late / I Understand(Shellac, 10") Manor 1093 US 1947 Sell This Version
1066 Savannah Churchill - Sincerely Yours / I'm Too Shy album art Savannah Churchill And The Five Kings Savannah Churchill And The Five Kings - Sincerely Yours / I'm Too Shy(Shellac, 10") Manor 1066 US 1947 Sell This Version
1061 Savannah Churchill - I Can't Get Up The Nerve To Kiss You / Let's Call A Spade A Spade album art Savannah Churchill And The Five Kings Savannah Churchill And The Five Kings - I Can't Get Up The Nerve To Kiss You / Let's Call A Spade A Spade(Shellac, 10") Manor 1061 US 1947 Sell This Version
1123 Savannah Churchill - Tell Me So / Little Jane album art Savannah Churchill With Ralph Hermann's Orchestra / The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill With Ralph Hermann's Orchestra / The Four Tunes - Tell Me So / Little Jane Manor 1123 US 1948 Sell This Version
1142 Savannah Churchill - I'll Never Belong To Anyone Else / Try To Forget album art Savannah Churchill, The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill, The Four Tunes - I'll Never Belong To Anyone Else / Try To Forget Regal (10) 1142 US 1948 Sell This Version
1116 Savannah Churchill - Time Out For Tears / All My Dreams  (If All My Dreams Would Only Come True) album art Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes - Time Out For Tears / All My Dreams (If All My Dreams Would Only Come True) Manor 1116 US 1948 Sell This Version
1152 Savannah Churchill - It's Raining Down In Sunshine Lane / How Could I Know album art Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes - It's Raining Down In Sunshine Lane / How Could I Know(Shellac, 10") Manor 1152 US 1948 Sell This Version
30145, 30146 Savannah Churchill - Where Is My Love / The Things You Do To Me album art The Four Tunes, Savannah Churchill The Four Tunes, Savannah Churchill - Where Is My Love / The Things You Do To Me(Shellac, 10", Promo) Columbia, Columbia 30145, 30146 US 1948 Sell This Version
1129 Savannah Churchill - I Want To Cry / Someday album art Savannah Churchill With The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill With The Four Tunes - I Want To Cry / Someday(Shellac, 10") Manor 1129 US 1948 Sell This Version
30146 Savannah Churchill - The Best Of Friends / The Things You Do To Me album art Savannah Churchill The Best Of Friends / The Things You Do To Me(Shellac, 10") Columbia 30146 US 1948 Sell This Version
1180 Savannah Churchill - Don't Try To Explain / Savannah Sings The Blues album art Savannah Churchill With Ralph Hermann's Orchestra / Savannah Churchill With The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill With Ralph Hermann's Orchestra / Savannah Churchill With The Four Tunes - Don't Try To Explain / Savannah Sings The Blues(Shellac, 10") Manor 1180 US 1949 Sell This Version
1168 Savannah Churchill - Would You Hurt Me Now / All Of Me album art Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill And The Four Tunes - Would You Hurt Me Now / All Of Me(Shellac, 10") Manor 1168 US 1949 Sell This Version
1202 Savannah Churchill - I'll Never Be Free / Get Yourself Another Guy album art Savannah Churchill and the Red Norvo Quintet Savannah Churchill and the Red Norvo Quintet - I'll Never Be Free / Get Yourself Another Guy(Shellac, 10") Arco (2) 1202 US 1949 Sell This Version
1222 Savannah Churchill - Why Was I Born ? / Daddy - Daddy album art Savannah Churchill With Benny Carter's Orch.* Savannah Churchill With Benny Carter's Orch.* - Why Was I Born ? / Daddy - Daddy(10") Arco (2) 1222 US 1950 Sell This Version
1253 Savannah Churchill - Foolishly Yours / I Want To Be Loved album art Savannah Churchill With The Four Tunes Savannah Churchill With The Four Tunes - Foolishly Yours / I Want To Be Loved(Shellac, 10") Arco (2) 1253 US 1950 Sell This Version
47-4448 Savannah Churchill - In Spite Of Everything You Do / Don't Grieve, Don't Sorrow Don't Cry album art Savannah Churchill In Spite Of Everything You Do / Don't Grieve, Don't Sorrow Don't Cry (Single) RCA Victor 47-4448 US 1951 Sell This Version
20-4280 Savannah Churchill - (It's No) Sin / I Don't Believe In Tomorrow album art Savannah Churchill (It's No) Sin / I Don't Believe In Tomorrow (Single) RCA Victor 20-4280 Canada 1951 Sell This Version
3309 Savannah Churchill - Once There Lived A Fool / When You Came Back To Me album art Savannah Churchill With The Striders (2) Savannah Churchill With The Striders (2) - Once There Lived A Fool / When You Came Back To Me(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) Regal 3309 US 1951 Sell This Version
47-5031 Savannah Churchill - Walking By The River album art Savannah Churchill Walking By The River RCA Victor 47-5031 US 1952 Sell This Version
47-4773 Savannah Churchill - Waiting For A Guy Named Joe / Don't Worry 'Bout Me album art Savannah Churchill Waiting For A Guy Named Joe / Don't Worry 'Bout Me(7") RCA Victor 47-4773 US 1952 Sell This Version
47-4583 Savannah Churchill - My Affair / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry album art Savannah Churchill My Affair / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry RCA Victor 47-4583 US 1953 Sell This Version
28836 Savannah Churchill - Shed A Tear / Shake A Hand album art Savannah Churchill With Cecil Haynes And His Orchestra Savannah Churchill With Cecil Haynes And His Orchestra - Shed A Tear / Shake A Hand (Single) Decca 28836 US 1953 Sell This Version