Bennie Moten p, a, dir / Ed Lewis, Paul Webster c / Thamon Hayes tb / Harlan Leonard cl, ss, as / Jack Washington cl, as, bar / Woody Walder cl, ts / LaForest Dent as, ts / Leroy Berry bj / Vernon Page bb / Willie McWashington d.
Recorded in Chicago on June 11, 1927.
Hense Grundy tb / Clifford Hayes vn, as / Johnny Gatewoord p / Cal Smith g.
While out looking for 78s recently, got permission to rummage through all kinds of records stored in some out-buildings behind a record store. Brought this one out on a whim thinking maybe the kids would enjoy a different Christmas song...judging from the title on one side...for the school commutes.
After getting home, tried to research personnel and a recording date only to find very little. It does seem to be a fairly collectible R&B record from 1958 and Bobbie appears to be Bobby Nunn of The Robins and later, a founding member of The Coasters.
Please feel free to enlighten me even more if anyone has information on these sides.
Duke Ellington p, a, dir / Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, Cootie Williams t / Joe Nanton tb / Johnny Hodges cl, as, ss / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d.
Fletcher Henderson p, a, dir / Russell Smith, Bobby Stark, Henry 'Red' Allen t / Dicky Wells tb / Sandy Williams tb / Russell Procope, Hilton Jefferson cl, as / Coleman Hawkins cl, ts / Bernard Addison g / John Kirby sb / Walter Johnson d.
Roosevelt Graves (December 9, 1909, Meridian, Mississippi – December 30, 1962, Gulfport, Mississippi) was an American blues guitarist and singer, who recorded both sacred and secular music in the 1920s and 1930s.
On all his recordings, he played with his brother Uaroy Graves, who was also nearly blind and played the tambourine. They were credited as "Blind Roosevelt Graves and Brother." Their first recordings were made in 1929 for Paramount Records. Theirs is the earliest version recorded of Guitar Boogie, and they exemplified the best in gospel singing with I'll Be Rested. One blues researcher has suggested that their 1929 recording Crazy About My Baby could be considered the first rock 'n' roll recording.
In July 1936, they were located by the talent broker H. C. Speir, who arranged for them to record in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, according to some sources at the train station, although Speir later told said that the recordings took place in a temporary studio, in the Hotel Hattiesburg, at Mobile Street and Pine Street. For the session they were joined by the local piano player Cooney Vaughn, who performed weekly on radio station WCOC in Meridian prior to World War II. The trio was billed on record as the Mississippi Jook Band. In all, they recorded four tracks at Hattiesburg for the American Record Company: Barbecue Bust, Hittin' The Bottle Stomp, Dangerous Woman and Skippy Whippy. According to the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, these "...featured fully formed rock & roll guitar riffs and a stomping rock & roll beat".
The Graves Brothers did not record again. After the war, Roosevelt Graves is thought to have moved to Gulfport, Mississippi.
Henry 'Red' Allen t / J.C. Higginbotham tb / Albert Nicholas cl, as / Charlie Holmes cl, ss, as / Teddy Hill cl, ts, bar / Luis Russell p, cel / Will Johnson bj, g / Pops Foster sb / Paul Barbarin d, vib / Victoria Spivey v.
Bennie Moten dir / Ed Lewis, Booker Washington c / Oran Hot Lips Page t / Thamon Hayes tb / Harlan Leonard cl, ss, as / Jack Washington cl, as, bar / Woody Walder cl, ts / Count Basie p / Ira Buster Moten pac / Leroy Berry bj / Vernon Page bb / Eddie Durham tb, g, a / Willie McWashington d.
Henry 'Red' Allen, Otis Johnson t / Jimmy Archey tb / Albert Nicholas cl, as / Charlie Holmes cl, ss, as / Greely Walton ts / Luis Russell p, cel / Will Johnson bj, g / Ernest Hill bb / Paul Barbarin d, vib.
Went looking for the Black Friday Record Store Day cream colored vinyl release of Little Richard's second album and found this at the same place...a nice bonus. (Plus my very first non-Bluebird Missourians)
Lockwood Lewis dir / R. Q. Dickerson, Lammar Wright t / De Priest Wheeler tb / unknown, George Scott cl, as / Walter Thomas cl, ts, bar / Earres Prince p / Morris White bj / Jimmy Smith bb / Leroy Maxey d.
Ramblin' Thomas (1902–1945) was an American country blues
singer, guitarist and songwriter. He was the brother of another blues musician,
Jesse Thomas. Thomas is best remembered for his slide guitar playing, and
recording several pieces in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Blues scholars seem
undecided if Thomas's nickname of Ramblin' was in reference to his style of playing,
or itinerant nature.
Willard Thomas was born in Logansport, Louisiana, one of
nine children. His father played the fiddle, and three brothers Joe L., Jesse,
and Willard learnt to play the guitar, with Willard particularly practising
slide guitar techniques. Thomas relocated to Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas in the
late 1920s, and was influenced by the playing of Lonnie Johnson. He performed
in San Antonio, Oklahoma and possibly St. Louis, Missouri in his subsequent
travels. Thomas recorded in both Dallas and Chicago between 1928 and 1932, for
Paramount Records and Victor Records.
Thomas reportedly died of tuberculosis in 1945 in
Memphis, Tennessee. Recorded in Chicago in February, 1928.
Not exceedingly rare or collectible but has proven tough for me to find...the only other one I've been able to stumble upon was cracked. Been after this one for three years since finding the other record by The Savannah Six. This completes the Original Memphis Five's run under this name on the Harmony label.
Phil Napoleon t / Miff Mole tb / Jimmy Lytell cl / Frank Signorelli p / ? John Cali bj / Jack Roth d.
Recorded in New York on October 26, 1925.
The Original Indian Five: Tom Morton d, dir / James Christie t / Pete Pellizzi tb / Nick Vitalo cl, as / Harry Ford p / Tony Colucci bj.
Luis Russell p, dir / Henry Red Allen t, v / Robert Cheek, Gus Aiken t / Dicky Wells tb / Albert Nicholas cl, as / Henry Jones as / Greely Watson ts / Will Johnson g / Pops Foster sb / Paul Barbarin d, vib.
Recorded in New York on August 28, 1931.
Bennie Moten dir / Ed Lewis, Booker Washington c / Oran Hot Lips Page t / Thamon Hayes tb / Harlan Leonard cl, ss, as / Jack Washington cl, as, bar / Woody Walder cl, ts / Count Basie p / Ira Buster Moten pac / Leroy Berry bj / Vernon Page bb / Eddie Durham tb, g, a / Willie McWashington d / Jimmy Rushing v.
Duke Ellington p, a, dir / Artur Whetsel, Cootie Williams t / Joe Nanton tb / Juan Tizol vtb / Johnny Hodges cl, as, ss / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Teddy Bunn g / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d.
Not much information out there at all on this early jazz outfit. They only made nine sides over two sessions with one of those being coupled with a tune from Clarence Williams' first session resulting in issued recordings.
None of the personnel are identified in Rust's discography.