Growing up, the radio was always on...the turntable and the reels were always spinning and the 8-tracks were always "ca-chunking" between programs. Music was a part of my childhood as much as anything. I can remember going to Woolco's in the '66 Mustang on a Friday night with mom & dad and getting my weekly 45 rpm such as Convoy, Philadelphia Freedom, Star Wars & Close Encounters Themes and (yikes!) Cruising With The Fonz.
But one album...LP...holds the most memory filled spot in my life.
Not sure where I picked this one up but no doubt it was because of the name "Alabama Red Peppers." Having only recently gotten Brian Rust's The American Dance Band Discography, I can now try and identify who the players are on stacks and stacks of hot dance records.
Listed as 'probably' - Leo McConville, Red Nichols t / Miff Mole tb / Loring McMurray as / Hymie Wolfson ts / Rube Bloom p / bj / bb / d.
I recently called a lady in New Orleans who had advertised that she had 100 78s for sale. (I always get my hopes up when a stash is listed from The Big Easy)
I asked her if she could tell me what a few of the labels and artists were that she had and, nice lady as she was, proceeded to name each and every one. About halfway through, I didn't have the heart to tell her, that so far, everything was run of the mill big-band, classical or 50's pop.
Still patiently listening, I heard her say, "Oh...here is the last one...it looks a lot older...Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra...Papa's Got The Jim-Jams."
Finally hearing what I had always anticipated when I call a New Orleans ad...I realized there was no way to justify the 7 hour round trip drive for just ONE record. Thanking her for her time, I informed her of the approximate value of the Columbia and wished her luck in her effort to sell off the entire collection.
Oh, if gas prices weren't so darn high!
Anyway, here we have 2 clean 78s I recently found of Oscar Papa Celestin recorded within a few years of his passing at the age of 70. These were recorded on local New Orleans' DJ Roger Wolfe's New Orleans Bandwagon label in the early 1950s. (See Sharkey Bonano's recording on the same label here.)
Oscar Papa Celestin t / Bill Matthews tb / Alphonse Picou cl / Octave Crosby p / Christopher 'Black Happy' Goldston d / Ricard Alexis b.
I do believe that each member was born in the 1800's and was around for the earliest days of jazz in New Orleans. Also read that Alphonse Picou played off and on with Buddy Bolden!
Roger Wolfe was a New Orleans DJ that recorded groups on his own label New Orleans Bandwagon.
I believe that this disc was recorded in 1951. (every Sharkey track on this label that I am finding on the net, when the date is listed, is saying 1951)
Sharkey Bonano t, v / Santo Pecora tb / Lester Bouchon cl / Armand Hugg p / 'Chink' Martin b / 'Monk' Hazel d.
Also, I have Sharkey Bonano's very first recording posted on this blog here.
Recently, at a semi-local used record store (for years, didn't even know it was here), I came across the Louisiana Five's recording of B-Hap-e on three different formats...Edison Diamond Disc, Medallion shellac and Edison Blue Amberol. I bought the first two and am still working on getting the cylinder but the store keeps saying that it is more of a decoration than it is an item for sale.
Gonna keep trying though.
Charlie Panelli tb / Alcide 'Yellow' Nuñez cl / Joe Cawley p / Karl Berger bj / Anton Lada d.
I have had this one since I started collecting 78s years and years ago. To illustrate my naiveity back then, I only picked this record up because I recognized the name 'Ellington' that was in parentheses under Birmingham Break-Down as a big band leader...and also that the records were priced at 10 for a dollar.(I actually thought it was a country record judging by the name of the group!)
The record had been boxed up with countless Autreys, Dalharts & other country & western fodder, never played (by me) and forgotten through one cross country move and then another half way back again over the course of 15+ years...until recently where I thumbed through a box and, this time...realizing that it had been stashed away incorrectly...quickly rescued, cleaned, inserted into a new antique green sleeve and put in its proper place.
According to Rust: Red Nichols t / Miff Mole tb / Fud Livingston cl / Fred Morrow as / Rube Bloom p / Vic Berton d.
According to Brian Rust's Jazz & Ragtime Records discography, there is a rumor that Bix Beiderbecke recorded with Willie Creager's outfit while Creager's band was alternating with the Wolverines at the Cinderella Ballroom in 1924.
Here we have what looks to be the very first recording by Willie Creager's Dance Orchestra from August 3, 1923.
Other than Creager, no other personnel is listed in the discographies that I have.
Also, I can't find any info on McNalpak's Dance Orchetsra which plays a waltz on the flip.