QRS Piano Rolls - St. Louis Blues & Sugar

Just came across these two piano rolls at an antique store...can't make out who the player was that recorded them.


King Carter & His Royal Orchestra - Columbia 2638 (1931)

Here we have a couple of sides early on by the Mills Blue Rhythm Band...they used many pseudonyms...here's their first release from five months earlier.

Reading about the lineup for this disc, the vocal on I Can't Get Along Without You is George Morton. Apparently nothing is known about him. Even surviving members of the band couldn't recall him during interviews.

Wardell Jones, Shelton Hemphill, Ed Anderson t / Harry White, Henry Hicks tb / Charlie Himes cl, as / Ted McCord, Castor McCord cl, ts / Edgar Hayes p / Benny James bj / Hayes Alvis sb, bb on Low Down / Willie Lynch d / George Morton v.

Recorded in New York on June 25, 1931.