Cecil Gant

Cecil Gant jumped into the R & B world's consciousness during a war bond rally in downtown Los Angeles in 1944. The 29 year old pianist / singer made a great impression on many in the audience that day and so he was soon in a makeshift recording studio for the small independent Gilt Edge label. The first record released was “I Wonder” / “Cecil's Boogie” on Gilt Edge billed as “The G.I. Sing-sation”. Using hidden neighborhood pressing plants and black market supplies of shellac, the record got out on the streets and sold briskly.

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