Tommy McClennan - Bluebird 34-0716 (1942)

Here's gravelly voiced Mississippi blues musician, Tommy McClennan. He frequently played with fellow Yazoo City born, Robert Petway.

McClennan was with Bluebird from 1939-1942 but this record was released in 1944.

Tommy McClennan g, v / Ransom Knowling sb.

Recorded in Chicago on February 20, 1042.


Billy "Red" Love & His Orchestra - Chess 1508 (1951)

Unofficially chosen to replicate the success of Jackie Brenston's (or more so, Ike Turner's) single, Rocket 88, Sam Phillips recorded several Billy "Red" Love tracks at Memphis Recording Service...which would later become the legendary Sun Studio.

While Love did not reach anywhere near the level of Rocket 88 (what could?), Drop Top can evoke that familiar rocking rhythm.

Recorded in Memphis on July 31, 1951.


Rev Rice's Sanctified Singers - Vocalion 1444 (1929)

From wikipedia...

Reverend D. C. Rice (born Barbour County, Alabama, c.1888; died Montgomery, Alabama, March 1973) was a preacher and singer. He was raised as a Baptist by his father, and moved to Chicago during World War I. There he joined The Church of the Living God, Pentecostal, and in 1920 became a preacher in this denomination.

Following the examples of Rev. J. M. Gates and Rev. F. W. McGee, in March 1928 Rice made his first recordings for the Vocalion label in Chicago, and over the period until July 1930 he recorded a total of 28 sides although two are lost. These are described in terms such as "Rev D. C. Rice, sermons with singing, assisted by His Congregation." Many of the performances begin with Rice intoning a verse from the Bible and then giving a short sermon, his voice rising and falling with blues inflections, while members of the congregation respond with "amen." Then Rice leads the ensemble into a hymn, generally of an evangelical type. Rice's singing dominates the recordings, the other singers providing harmonized support. The instrumental accompaniment is by piano plus one or more of mandolin, string or brass bass, triangle or other small percussion, trumpet, and trombone.

Rice continued to be active in black churches, as a preacher and ultimately a bishop. Music continued to feature in his religious career but no further recordings are known after 1930.

Recorded in Chicago in November, 1929.


Albert Brunies & His Halfway House Orchestra - Columbia 1542 & 1959 (1928)

Here are 4/5ths of the sides issued by The Halfway House Orchestra with Albert Brunies' name out in front on the label.

That 5th one is gonna prove a difficult one to obtain as it was only issued in Australia.

Albert Brunies c, dir / Sidney Arodin cl / Joe Loyacano as / Glyn Lea "Red" Long p / Angelo Palmisano bj / Chink Martin bb, sb / Emmett Rogers d / Johnny Saba v.

New Orleans, April 26 (Love Dreams) & 27 (Tell Me Who) & December 17, 1928.




Nashville Jazzers - Madison 50001 (1927)

Here we have the Nashille Jazzers' lone recording...but not the lone recording by this core trio.

Victor 20316 & Conqueror 7081.

Tom Morris c / Bob Fuller cl / as / Mike Jackson p / bj.

Recorded in New York in 1927.