Then it was time to think about recording. Chicago disc jockey Vivian Carter (who hosted the"Living With Vivian" show over WWCA), decided she wanted more groups on her Vee-Jaylabel, which she owned with partner and husband Jimmy Bracken. Another partner wasVivian's brother, Calvin Carter, the label's A&R man, who was in charge of the recordingsessions. Ewart Abner (originally of Chance Records) was also involved, mostly in the businessend. Finally, in the shadows was Art Sheridan, owner of Chance Records, a secret (and mostlysilent) partner. She rented a local skating rink and invited groups to challenge the Spaniels,her star attraction. The El Dorados entered and walked away with a contract.On June 30, 1954, the El Dorados held their first Vee-Jay session, recording "My LovingBaby" (led by Pirkle Lee Moses) and "Baby I Need You So" (fronted by Arthur Basset), twotunes which were paired for a September release. They were reviewed on September 11 (with"Baby I Need You So" receiving an "excellent" rating, while "My Loving Baby" was ranked"good"). Other reviews that week went to the Chimes' "Love Me, Love Me, Love Me," theDodgers' "Let's Make A Whole Lot Of Love," the Capris' "God Only Knows," and theMedallions' future double-sided classic: "Buick 59"/"The Letter."At almost the same time (September 8), the El Dorados were back in the studio, churning out"One More Chance" and "Little Miss Love" (both led by Pirkle Lee). Since the Midnighters'"Annie Had A Baby" was such a smash, Vee-Jay decided to get in on the action and threw together an answerrecord, "Annie's Answer," sung by Hazel McCollum (backed by the El Dorados) at the same session.Vee-Jay picked the El Dorados to be on the record and asked them tofind a girl who could sing "Annie's Answer" with them. The guysauditioned all of Vee-Jay's female singers and finally picked HazelMcCollum (wife of blues singer Robert Nighthawk - his real name wasRobert McCollum). For some reason, although it took Vee-Jay twomonths to release the song, the El Dorados weren't invited to recordsomething for the flip. Instead it was paired with an instrumental by AlSmith's Combo: "Living With Vivian" (a reference to the title of VivianCarter's radio show). While Hazel would record several other songs forVee-Jay, none were ever released.After this session, Arthur Basset left the group, in order to complete hiseducation. Probably feeling that a sextet was somewhat unwieldy, theguys didn't replace him. From then on, most leads would by Pirkle LeeMoses (except for "What's Buggin' You Baby," fronted by LouisBradley)."Annie's Answer" was released in November, and that same month the El Dorados appeared (with the 5 Echoesand Eddie Boyd) at McKie's Fifth Avenue Ballroom (owned by DJ McKie Fitzhugh).On December 3, the El Dorados appeared at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis. The occasion was the "SixthAnnual Goodwill Revue," sponsored by station WDIA to raise money for the education of crippled Negrochildren. In this case, they took in $5000. Helping out were the 5 C's, Eddie Chamblee, Eddie Boyd, Big JohnGreer, Clarence Brown, and a host of gospel acts.The very next day saw "Annie's Answer" reviewed ("good"), along with the Crickets' "Be Faithful," the DeepRiver Boys' "Sleepy Little Cowboy," and the Cashmeres' "MySentimental Heart."Vee-Jay waited until February 1955 to issue "One More Chance,"backed with "Little Miss Love." They were reviewed on April 2, with"Chance" getting a "good" rating, and "Love" receiving a "fair."Other reviews were for Ella Johnson's "Alright, Okay, You Win," theOrioles' "That's When The Good Lord Will Smile," the 5 Wings'"Teardrops Are Falling," the Robins' "I Love Paris," the Casanovas'"That's All," the Dudads' "I Heard You Call Me Dear," and theTenderfoots' "Watussi, Wussi, Woo."Also in April (the 24th), the guys had their next session, recording "IBegan To Realize" and a little ditty called "At My Front Door."