5 Cartoon Ads: The Rhythm Four on WSGN (1939-1941)

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Title

5 Cartoon Ads: The Rhythm Four on WSGN (1939-1941)

Description

Five cartoon newspaper advertisements for the Rhythm Four on Birmingham radio station WSGN, 1939-1941.

The quartet, directed by Sonny Blount (the future Sun Ra), was popular with both Black and white local audiences, as contemporary newspaper coverage attests.

These cartoon advertisements are for the most part generic, without real specific reference to the group itself. The text of the December 10, 1940, ad provides a few more group-specific details: "TAKE FOUR VOICES ADD A TRUMPET A GUITAR A PIANO and THE RESULT IS THE RHYTHM FOUR."

Original Format

Newspaper clipping

Citation

“5 Cartoon Ads: The Rhythm Four on WSGN (1939-1941),” Southern Music Research Center, accessed July 14, 2024, http://southernmusicresearch.org/items/show/1362.