LaCILLE WATKINS & THE BELLTONES.
Born in Newark (New Jersey) in 1923, La Cille Christine Watkins started her musical career as a gospel and opera singer. Her long time partner in songwriting and music was Wilbur Bell who also recorded as Johnny Bell (Cecil and Fleetwood Records).Together, they recorded spirituals as by the Watkins-Bell Singers for Bandwagon Records (and Arlington, its folk and race subisidary) in the late forties. LaCille Watkins had also at least two releases under her own name. The first on Jaguar Records backed by the Volumes. The second on Kapp, backed by the Belltones an interracial vocal group.
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