Religion: Hollywood's Joyful Noises

In Hollywood one day last fall, Songstress Beryl Davis, British-born and an Anglican, persuaded three other well-known Hollywood girls to help out on an evening's entertainment at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Her helpers: Songstresses Connie Haines, a Southern Presbyterian, Delia Russell, a Roman Catholic, and Actress Jane Russell, a nondenominational Protestant. Beryl directed the other three in a swingy version of Do Lord, an oldtime hymn. The audience gave them a huge hand, and thereby launched a new U.S. gospel quartet on a promising career.

By last week the quartet's peppy recording of...

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