Clifford Gibson - Victor 38612 (1929)

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Clifford "Grandpappy" Gibson (April 17, 1901 – December 21, 1963) was an American blues singer and guitarist. He is best known for the tracks, Bad Luck Dice and Hard Headed Blues.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri in the 1920s and lived there for the rest of his life. He played in St. Louis clubs, and in 1929 began recording for the QRS and Victor labels. He is regarded as one of the earliest urban blues performers, with no pronounced rural influences. His guitar playing style resembled that of Lonnie Johnson, with an emphasis on vibrato and improvisation. Among the many themes touched on in his songs, Don't Put That Thing on Me is notable for its references to hoodoo, an African American form of folk magic.

Gibson accompanied Jimmie Rodgers on a Victor single, Let Me Be Your Side Track, in 1931, then spent parts of the next three decades playing in the streets around St. Louis. Gibson resurfaced on recordings in 1960 on the Bobbin label, and worked another three years in St. Louis' Gaslight Square, before his death from pulmonary edema in 1963.

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Recorded in New York on December 10, 1929.

Corozo Y Pepito - Zitro RO-114 (19??)

Just got back from Christmas & Three Kings celebrations in Puerto Rico and managed to seek out a few 78s in between.

Flipping through a stack at a local shop, my wife said, "Get that one, it has the flag on the label."

Always listen to your wife.

If anyone has information on the artists, label and the year this was made, please leave a comment below.

Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra - Vocalion 15372 (1926)

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Erskine Tate dir / Louis Armstrong, ? James Tate t / Eddie Atkins tb / Angelo Fernandez cl / as / Stump Evans as, bar / Norval Morton ts / Teddy Weatherford and another p / Frank Ethridge bj / John Hare bb / Jimmy Bertrand d, wb.

Recorded in Chicago on May 28, 1926.

Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins - Paramount 12802 (1929)

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[Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins was an American country blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He recorded only 12 songs, between 1927 and 1929.

The date and place of his birth are unknown, but there is consensus among blues historians that Hawkins probably originated in either Alabama or, somewhat less definitely, the northern Mississippi Delta.

Hawkins recorded a dozen tracks for Paramount Records between 1927 and 1929. Many of his lyrics mention the railroad, with some hint that he had worked laying rail track. The first 10-inch 78-rpm shellac single released by Paramount was Number Three Blues backed with Snatch It Back Blues, recorded about April 1927 in Chicago. Paramount released another five singles between 1927 and 1929; these later recordings were issued under his birth name, Walter Hawkins. His tracks included the slightly peculiar Voice Throwin' Blues, in which he employed a call and response banter between two voices, one purportedly being a ventriloquist's dummy. A Rag Blues contained lyrics that hinted that it origins lay in Jackson, Mississippi, although it was performed in a Spanish-inflected style.

Hawkins played exclusively in open A tuning. His records sold poorly and he faded into obscurity. His life story after his recording career ended is shrouded in mystery]

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Recorded in Richmond, IN on June 14, 1929.

Pedro Flores Y Su Orquesta - Brunswick 41576 (1933)

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Pedro Flores (March 9, 1894 – July 14, 1979) was one Puerto Rico's best known composers of ballads and boleros.

Flores (birth name: Pedro Juan Flores Córdova) was one of twelve children born into a poor family in the town of Naguabo, Puerto Rico. Flores' father died when he was only nine years old and therefore, he was forced to work at a young age. When he was sixteen years old, he took a special course in the Universidad de Puerto Rico and received his teachers certificate. Flores taught for five years and worked for one year at a sugar mill in the island of Vieques. In 1918, he served in a clerical position in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged from the Army when he was twenty-four years old.

In 1926, Flores went to New York City without any formal musical education and joined another Puerto Rican composer, Rafael Hernández in his Trío Borinquen. Even though Flores and Hernández became very good friends, they also became competitors as composers. When Flores wrote Sin Bandera, Hernández rushed and wrote Preciosa.

In 1930, Flores formed his own trio which he named "Trío Galón", and whose music and songs had a faster beat than the "Trío Borinquen". Flores had problems with the music publishing company and he abandoned the trio. He moved to Mexico and then lived in Cuba for a short period of time. Flores eventually returned to New York where he reorganized his old trio. Some of the singers of this new trio were Myrta Silva, Daniel Santos and Pedro Ortiz Dávila "Davilita".

A 1996 television special honoring his work features versions by many Puerto Rican and international artists, such as Ednita Nazario, Marc Anthony, Yolandita Monge and Shakira.

Pedro Flores died in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 14, 1979 and is buried in Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery located in Old San Juan.

Recorded in New York in 1933.