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Knowles Shaw Valentine Eiland (1909 - 1968)

Biography

Knowles Shaw Valentine Eiland, a Texan, was the son of Christian songwriter F.L. Eiland. In the early 1940s he sang with the Johnson Quartet of Dallas.

He left Dallas and moved to Raleigh, NC where he sang with the Stamps-Baxter Lone Star Quartet during the mid-1940s. In 1946, he left the Lone Star Quartet and became an original member of the Stamps Blue Ridge Quartet which was also headquartered in Raleigh.

After leaving the Blue Ridge, he returned to Texas and sang bass for the Stamps-Baxter Mixed Quartet and worked in Stamps-Baxter's printing plant.

In the early 1950s he was the bass singer in Dallas for Marion Sniderís Imperial Quartet, also known as the Imperial Sugar Quartet. He also sang with the Stamps TruTone Quartet.

SGMA Hall of Fame member Dwight Brock, original pianist for the Frank Stamps Quartet and later president of the Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company, commented that Shaw Eiland had the best quality of any bass singer he had heard.

He also sang bass for the Imperial Sugar Quartet and the V O Stamps Quartet.

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