Three-record set of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Songs.
Three-record set of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Songs.
Three-record set of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Songs.

Three-record set of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Songs.

Washington, DC: Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, [1949]. Album. This album, which measures 12” x 10”, contains three record sleeves, each holding a 78 rpm record. The cover features the fraternity’s coat of arms. No skips when played; just the hiss and pops expected of a 50 year old record. No visible chips, gouges, or major scratches. There is a mall scuff on the album cover and part of its the spine covering is missing. Splits are beginning at the bottom of the record sleeves. Very good. Item #009271

Omega Psi Phi was founded in 1911 by three Howard University and is the first predominantly African-American fraternity to be founded at a historically black college or university.

From the Howard University Alpha Chapter’s website:

“In the 1947, a group of gifted Brothers from Alpha Chapter, with song in their hearts and passion in their souls formed the Omega Choral Ensemble. This selective group of vocalists sang at various campus and fraternal events during the course of their existence. The founder of this group was Bro. Valerian Edward Smith (Alpha 1945). The directors of the Choral Ensemble were Smith, Bros. Charles William Baskerville, Jr. (Alpha 1949), George Neil McKeithen (Alpha 1949) and later Alphonso J. Patterson (Alpha 1954). In 1949, they recording and releasing an album of commemorative songs.”

The six songs in this album, all sung by the Omega Choral Ensemble, are:

1) National Omega Hymn: Charles Baskerville, Conductor,
2) The Omega Sweetheart Song: Charles Baskerville, Conductor,
3) Lonesome Road: William Rumsey, Tenor and Charles Baskerville, Conductor,
4) Cherubim Song No. 7: Charles Baskerville, Conductor,
5) Ghost of a Chance: Howard Davis, Baritone and Charles Baskerville, Conductor, and
6) In My Solitude: Corinne Curl, Soprano and Charles Baskerville, Conductor.

Exceptionally scarce and possibly the only extant example. As of 2019, no examples of this album or albums from any other Black Letter Greek Organization (BLGO) are for sale at any of the major vinyl record sites and OCLC lists no institutional holdings. No auction records are found at the Rare Book Hub, Liveauctioneers, or Worthpoint. Google and Bing searches turn up no nothing similar in collections or for sale. There may be an example of this album held by the fraternity’s Alpha Chapter as digital recordings of two of these songs are available at its website.

Price: $1,000.00

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