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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.
[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]
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