The Mariners (vocal group)

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The Mariners were a pop and gospel vocal group of the mid 20th century, particularly noted for their work with Arthur Godfrey.

The Mariners were a four-piece all-male racially integrated group (two white and two African American members). They formed during World War II, in 1942, at Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn; the four members (Tom Lockard, Jim Lewis, Nat Dickerson and Martin Karl) were serving in the United States Coast Guard there. They toured Pacific military bases in 1945.[1][2]

Arthur Godfrey hired them, and they were regulars on his radio show and later his television shows for several years.[1] The presence of the integrated Mariners brought complaints from Southern politicians and Southern CBS affiliates, which Godfrey publicly and scathingly rebuffed.[3] Godfrey summarily fired The Mariners in 1955[4] (a fairly common modus for Godfrey during these years).

The Mariners then guested on other shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show[5] and continued to record (on the Cadence Records label founded by Godfrey's musical director Archie Bleyer) and appear on New York radio, but with diminishing popularity.[1]




  • The Mariners Sing Spirituals' (c. 1956, Cadence CLP-1008)[6]
  • Hymns By The Mariners (1956, Columbia B-217)[6]
  • Fourteen Best-Loved Hymns (Columbia CL 609)[6]
  • Great American Hymns (Harmony HL 7168)[6]
  • Christmas 'Round The World (Columbia CL 6227)[6]
  • Seven Years Before the Mike [The Mariners with Arthur Godfrey]: (Columbia CL-6295 10" 33-1/3 rpm disk)
  • [With Haleloke Kahauolopua and Arthur Godfrey]: Hawaiian Blossoms (Coronet KLP 024)[6]
Singles compilation
  • In Command (2006, Jasmine Records)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h The Mariners at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b "Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week (Week of 4/10/04 - 4/16/04)". The Vocal Group Harmony Web Site. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Rich Kienzle (November 7, 2011). "Andy Rooney and Arthur Godfrey". Pitssburgh Post-gaze. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mariners Fired Suddenly By Arthur Godfrey". Jet. April 28, 1955. p. 58. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Godfrey's Fired Mariners in TV Comeback". Jet. May 12, 1955. p. 66. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Mariners (vocal group) discography at Discogs