Jimmie Gunn & His Orchestra - Bluebird 6469 (1936)

Here's another North Carolina territory band based out of Charlotte.

These sides were recorded in the Southern Radio Corporation's 2nd floor warehouse in Charlotte on June 18, 1936.

One discography has the personnel listed as:

Jimmie Gunn p, dir / 'Slats' tb / Skeets Tolbert as / Otis Hicks ts / g / Harry Prather b / d / David Pugh, Sam Jennings v.

Another has:

Jimmie Gunn dir / Dave Pugh t, v / Charles Daniels, Herman Franklin t / John Orange tb / Robert Griffin, James Berry as / Otis Hicks ts / William Shavers p / Alton Harrington  g / Sam Hinton bb / Harry Prather sh / Raymond Mason d / Sam Jennings v.

Wonder why the wide range of disparity.


  1. What explains the disparity: discographers avoid letting their ears influence their scholarship, beyond the deafeningly obvious.

    This probably is an 8-piece rather than an 11-piece band, but no way is it a 7-piece without a trumpet.

    Trombonist was John Orange, known as Bones. Slats was Otis Hicks, who wrote a swinger on the date, Slats' Shuffle.

  2. Thanks for the information. I have updated my Jimmie Gunn posts recently with everything he recorded.