After executing my first ever trade a few years back, I was introduced to two, largely forgotten, North Carolina territory bands that recorded just months apart at the Southern Radio Corporation's second floor warehouse in Charlotte. The spacious warehouse gave a large empty ballroom echo that can be heard on these recordings.
I have finally completed the run of Jimmie Gunn and find myself just one shy of the Locke Brothers Rhythm Orchestra.
Here are the Gunns in recording order from that summer day in Carolina...
Here's the official website
for J.H. Gunn Elementary school in Charlotte named after the bandleader.
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.
while 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.
Recorded in Charlotte, on June 18, 1936.
Robesonian Newspaper Lumberton, NC March 12, 1934
Statesville Record & Landmark NC April 7, 1933
Fitchburg Sentinel MA July 13. 1936