Scat Man Crothers & The Red Callender Sextette - Hollywood 142 (1953)

Here's the multi talented Scat Man Crothers singing, what appears to be an answer song to Ruth Brown's Atlantic hit, Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean).

(And of course, everyone should recognize Crothers as the voice of Hong Kong Phooey)


Katherine Handy Acc. By Handy's Memphis Blues Orchestra - Paramount 12011 (1922)

Save for one track she recorded in 1932 with Fletcher Henderson, Katherine Handy, W. C. Handy's daughter, made this lone 78 accompanied by her father's band. She recorded a test each for Victor (1923) and Edison (1924) but neither were issued.

Not sure what the celebration might have been, but here's a photograph I just received from the estate of a jazz collector showing Katherine Henderson standing over her father, W. C. Handy.

Early Every Morn: Katherine Handy v and possibly on piano.

Loveless Love: Katherine Handy v / Handy's Memphis Blues Orchestra: probably including Johnny Dunn c / George Williams tb / James Osborne cl, as / Bobby Lee p.

Recorded in New York, January 1922.



The Missourians - Victor 38071 (1929)

Lockwood Lewis v, dir / R. Q. Dickerson, Lammar Wright t / De Priest Wheeler tb / unknown, George Scott cl, as / Andrew Brown cl, ts / Earres Prince p / Morris White bj / Jimmy Smith bb / Leroy Maxey d.

Recorded in New York on June 3, 1929.


Wilber C. Sweatman - Emerson 5166 (1916)

Wilbur Sweatman made his first recording, in Minneapolis, on cylinder just after the turn of the century. These were promotional items and apparently none have survived to the present day.

It would be over a decade later before he would record again. In December of 1916, he recorded two versions of My Hawaiian Sunshine for Emerson. The first of the recordings was issued on a five and a half inch disc while the second was on a seven inch.

Here we have the earliest Sweatman record.

Recorded in New York in December 1916.

Texas Jubilee Singers (With Arizona Dranes) - Columbia 14445 (1928)

From wikipedia...

["Arizona" Juanita Dranes (May 4, 1889 or 1891–1963) was one of the first gospel artists to bring the musical styles of Holiness churches' religious music to the public in her records for Okeh and performances in the 1920s. She was also one of the first professional woman gospel singers. Her distinctive, nasal vocal style and piano playing that incorporated boogie and ragtime influenced later gospel artists.

Juanita Drane (or possibly Drain) was born blind in 1889 or 1891 in Sherman, Texas. Drane attended the Texas Institute for Deaf, Dumb and Blind Colored Youth in Austin from 1896 to 1910. She learned to play piano in her early teens.

Her correct last name is "Drane", as listed in the official enrollment record for the 1896–1897 school year at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Her name was spelled "Drane" at school, though she was billed as "Dranes" later in life. Because both parents were illiterate, the surname was written down as it was pronounced. Corcoran's research found a probable cousin named "Doran," which would be pronounced "Drane" in the black southern dialect of the time.

After graduating from the Texas Institute, she returned to Sherman for ten years. Around 1922, Dranes joined the Church of God in Christ Church in Wichita Falls. She soon became a favored singer-pianist of the founder, Bishop Charles Mason and was well utilized in the COGIC circles. She incorporated a syncopated, ragtime style in her gospel accompaniment and soon established the songs I Shall Wear A Crown, My Soul's a Witness for the Lord, and Lamb's Blood Has Washed Me Clean as COGIC standards.

Dranes introduced piano accompaniment to Holiness music, which had previously been largely a cappella, and accompanied herself in the barrelhouse and ragtime styles popular at the time. She began recording in 1926 with Okeh Records, first as a solo artist and later with choirs and various other artists and groups. She was one of the first professional women gospel singers and sang at COGIC meetings in the Bible Belt, touring Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

Although she last recorded in 1928, she continued touring through the 1940s. She moved to Los Angeles in 1948 and died there on July 27, 1963.]

Recorded in Dallas on December 8, 1928.