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Thursday, 25 November 2010

4 STAR OP 102

(deadwax 3739)

(deadwax 3738)

OP 102 was also released on 4 STAR X-36 and 4 STAR 1449. I am not sure which came first, the OP or the 4 STAR releases; although given that the OP release has 4 STAR master numbers in the deadwax I suspect that one or both of the releases on 4 STAR predate the OP release.

CIO (Congress Of Industrial Organisations) sponsored a series of 15 minute transcribed radio programmes featuring Texas Bill Strength, these programmes originated from Radio Station WGST, Atlanta, Georgia. In its heyday Strength’s transcribed show was broadcast by 126 stations.


  1. http://countrydiscography.blogspot.com/2010/09/texas-bill-strength.html
    OP-102 We Will Overcome / Shall We Gather At The River - 1950 (reissued on 4-Star 45-1499 in July 1950 and on X-36 in January 1952) The DRunken Hobo

  2. Fascinating to hear "We Will Overcome" in its pre-Civil Rights era incarnation as a song of the Labor Movement. This is a treasure. (As is, of course, the brilliant flow of historic audio this site provides.) Deeply appreciated.