The Revelers were the most successful vocal group of the late '20s and early '30s. They were a quartet -- tenor Franklyn Baur (b. 1903; d. February 24, 1950) tenor Lewis James (c. 1893-1959), baritone Elliott Shaw, and bass Wilfred Glenn -- plus pianist, arranger, and sometime baritone Ed Smalle (c. 1887-1968). James, Shaw, and Glenn had been members of the Shannon Four, but in 1925 they split from the group's fourth member, Charles Hart, to form the Revelers. (They all made solo records as well and recorded in various combinations as vocalists with dance bands, often uncredited.) The group signed to Victor Records (though they surreptitiously recorded for other labels under other names, such as the Singing Sophomores on Columbia and the Merrymakers on Brunswick) and scored their first hit with "Dinah" in January 1926. It was followed into the Top Ten by the two-sided hit "Valencia (A Song of Spain)"/"The Blue Room" (September 1926), "Lucky Day" (December 1926), "Among My Souvenirs" (March 1928), and "Ol' Man River" (June 1928). Frank Black (b. November 28, 1894; d. November 1967) replaced Smalle as pianist/arranger in 1926. In 1927, Baur left and was replaced briefly by Frank Luther (b. August 4, 1905; d. November 16, 1980), and then by James Melton (b. January 2, 1904; d. April 21, 1961).