In 1937, Austin Powell, lead singer of the Harlem Harmony Hounds (actually based out of Chicago), joined another Chicago trio comprising Jimmy Henderson, Chuck Barksdale, and Ernie Price to form The Cats and the Fiddle. They first appeared as extras in various films before serving as the backing group for The Dandridge Sisters on the song “Harlem Yodel” in the 1938 short film “Snow Gets In Your Eyes.” Through their film appearances they were able to secure recording time at Bluebird Record’s Chicago studio and recorded eighteen tracks in two marathon sessions. Henderson, who led and composed “I Miss You So,” died in 1940 just as the song was starting to get significant radio attention and the group disbanded in 1951, though by then Powell was the only remaining member of the original lineup. “I Miss You So” can be found on Bear Family Records’ 2012 Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop compilation as well as We Cats Will Sing for You Vol. 1 1939-1940 released by Acrobat Music in 2007.

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