Wingy Manone (With Kay Starr) - Rex Hollywood 23005 (1944)

Kay Starr (1922-2016)

Wingy Manone t, v / Joe Yukl tb / Matty Matlock cl / Stan Wrightsman p / Nappy Lamare g / Phil Stephens b / Nick Fatool d / Kay Starr v.

Recorded in Los Angeles on July 25, 1944.







Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Okeh 8242 (1925)

I wish it was in better shape...

Bennie Moten p, dir / Lammar Wright, Harry Cooper c / Thamon Hayes tb / Woody Walder cl, ts / Harlan Leonard cl, as / LaForest Dent bj / Vernon Page bb / Willie Hall d.

Recorded in Kansas City on May 14, 1925.


Joe Mannone's Harmony Kings - Columbia 1044 (1927)

Somewhere there's an interview with Norman Brownlee and in it, he mentions how his group was on their way to a gig in Kenner but due to Emmett Hardy's failing health, they were without a horn player.

Driving the truck along Canal St. they saw a young Wingy Manone walking with his horn and snatched him into the vehicle. He told them that he couldn't play that night because he had to practice up on his music reading. Before long they were in Kenner and he played the date. (Johnny Bayersdorffer's Jazzola Novelty band took the stage after Brownlee's set was finished!)

Joe Wingy Mannone c, v / Hal Jordy cl, as / Bob Sacks ts / Johnnie Miller p / Steve Brou g / Arnold Loyacano sb / John Ryan d / Earl Warner v.

Recorded in New Orleans om April 11, 1927.


Te Roy Williams & His Orchestra - Harmony 439 (1927)

Elmer Snowden, bj, dir / Ed Allen, c / Te Roy Williams, tb / Prince Robinson, cl / cl, as / Joe Garland, cl, ts / Freddy Johnson and another, p / Bob Ysaguirre, bb / Walter Johnson, d.

Recorded in New York on May 25, 1927.


Chickasaw Syncopators - Columbia 14301 (1927)

Here's a group of students from Manassas High School in Tennessee who shared the same PE teacher...Jimmie Lunceford.

Charlie Douglas, Henry Clay, t / H. B. Hall, tb / Christopher Johnson, __ Williams, as / George Clarke, ts / Bobby Brown, p / Alfred Cahns, bj / Moses Allen, bb, preaching / Jimmy Crawford, d.

Recorded in Memphis on December 13, 1927.


Washboard Serenaders - Victor 38127 (1930)

From wikipedia...

Theodore Leroy "Teddy" Bunn (May 7, 1909 – July 20, 1978) was an American blues and jazz guitarist, vocalist, and composer.

Bunn was born in Freeport, New York. He had two brothers, Kenneth and Jimmy. Bunn's father played accordion and harmonica; his mother played organ in a church. Bunn was given a guitar by his father, who also gave him some basic instruction; apart from this, Bunn was self-taught. He never learned to read music, so played by ear.

In 1929 Bunn began recording with Duke Ellington as a guest performer. From 1929 to 1931, Bunn played with The Washboard Serenaders. He recorded with the Spirits of Rhythm from 1932 to 1937 and again from 1939 to 1941.

Bunn recorded with such musicians as Sidney Bechet, Hadda Brooks, Johnny Dodds, J.C. Higginbotham, Lionel Hampton and Jimmie Noone. Bunn played electric guitar from 1940. He recorded solo numbers for Blue Note Records in 1940.

By the 1970s Bunn played electric guitar almost exclusively in R&B bands. He suffered a stroke after joining Louis Jordan's band and was unwell for more than a decade following it. He died on July 20, 1978 in Lancaster Hospital, California. He was survived by one son and two daughters.

Harold Randolph, k / Clarence Profit, p / Teddy Bunn, g / Bruce Johnson, wb, v / Gladys Bentley, v.

Recorded in New York on March 24, 1930.


Marylyn Scott & The Lou Currie Quartet - Free 1002 (1945)

I've been after this one ever since finding out it existed but never thought I'd actually own a copy.

After seeing only one other that had been sold two years ago, and having hope dimmed over time, the record actually found me via email from a visitor to this site.

I have no idea about the value or scarceness of the record, but for me, it is one more disc in an almost complete run of related 78s.

Marylyn Scott g, v / Ed Locke p / Obadiah "Obie" Rolls as / Herbert Reeder ts / Lou Currie sb.

Recorded in Charlotte in 1945.




Wilmoth Houdini - Okeh 65010 (1929)

From wikipedia...

Frederick Wilmoth Hendricks (November 25, 1895 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – August 6, 1977 in New York, New York), best known as Wilmoth Houdini, was a prominent calypsonian.

In 1916 he started his career in earnest when he began working with the African Millionaires, a large carnival group consisting of about 25 members. He arrived in New York City sometime around 1927, after working on cargo ships and travelling extensively. Not long after his arrival there, he began cutting records with local bands for Decca Records, notably Gerald Clark's Night Owls. He released well over a hundred different 78s between 1928 and 1940, also under the names of Fredrick Wilmoth Hendricks (his given name), Edgar Leon Sinclair (the name on his US passport), and King Houdini. His 1939 composition "He Had It Coming" was a hit for Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald under the new title "Stone Cold Dead in the Market". The song stayed on the top of the R&B charts for five weeks, and reached no. 7 on the pop charts. Gaining a good deal of recognition, Houdini wasted no time in organizing high-profile calypso festivals and concerts around New York, quickly becoming a respected member of the Caribbean communities there.

After moving to New York (as one of the earliest Trinidadian émigrés), he was often the object of derision by the calypsonians still in Trinidad, who claimed that he was stealing their ideas and capitalizing on them in the USA. This can be seen in numerous calypsos of the early to mid-1930s, from Roaring Lion and Attila the Hun in particular, who also recorded in New York at the time. This led to Houdini's 1934 rebuttal, "Declaration of War". Towards the beginning of the 1950s he played regularly at the Caribbean Club on Seventh Avenue, New York, with his only real rival, The Duke of Iron, also a native of Trinidad.

Houdini died on August 6, 1977, in New York City, where he had lived for the majority of his life. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, NYC.

Wilmoth Houdini with the Montrose-Barrow String Band.

Recorded in New York on March 25, 1929.


Albert Socarras & His Cubanacan Orchestra - Brunswick 7490 (1935)

Born in Cuba in 1908, Alberto Socarras is credited for having recorded the first jazz flute solo which took place in July, 1927. As a sideman with Clarence Williams' Orchestra, they cut Shooting The Pistol issued on Paramount 12517.

Here's one of two records Socarras made in New York for Brunswick under his own name. I've yet to find a personnel listing and recording date.


1930 New York Age Newspaper


Ramito Con El Autentico Sexteto Borinquen - BMC 15-261 (1960s?)

From wikipedia...

Florencio Morales "Flor" Ramos (September 5, 1915 – February 23, 1989), better known as Ramito, was a Puerto Rican singer, trovador, and composer who was a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico. He is considered the king of Jíbaro music. His brothers Luis ("Luisito") and Juan María ("Moralito") also attained major recognition as jíbaro singers.

Ramito was born in the Bairoa subsection of Caguas, Puerto Rico. "Caguitas" (Little Caguas) was a boyhood nickname of his, used by his closest friends. He left school in fourth grade ("but an old-time fourth grade at that!", he mentioned whenever asked) to assist his parents, who were parenting twelve other children (including six of their own), and whose thereby economic situation was precarious. His mother had been an amateur singer and improviser and he would sing her favorite songs at the sugar cane fields where he served, first as a water boy and later as a messenger and sugar cane cutter. Regarded as a good singer by his peers, he was already singing for money at the age of thirteen. In 1932 he participated at a local trova singers contest in Caguas. That was the beginning of fame for Ramito.

Ten years later, in 1942, he inaugurated the WIAC radio station, a station with national reach. He also sang in the inaugural broadcast of WKJB-AM in Mayagüez, in 1948. Later he animated the radio show "La Hora del Volante", from Bayamón. His affable stage presence and reputation as a fast improviser and bright lyricist earned him a large following in Puerto Rico and growing communities of Puerto Rican migrants to the northeastern United States.

Ramito was featured in the short musical film Truya (1950), along the most reputed Puerto Rican jíbaro singers and musicians of the time, including Jesús Sánchez Erazo "Chuíto El De Bayamón", Ernestina Reyes, "La Calandria", Maso Rivera and others. He also appeared on television multiple times and he released a wide number of trova albums, of which many were best sellers in Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries.

Between 1960 and 1972 he nominally moved to New York, where he worked on the radio show "La Montaña Canta" on the WHOM station. He maintained a constant presence in Puerto Rico, however, virtually living between both places.

Ramito became an icon to fans of trova music in Puerto Rico, specially those in the mountainside areas of that island. He toured intensely in Latin America and the United States, and had a particularly strong following among the Puerto Rican community in Hawaii, which he visited twice. He also visited Okinawa, where he entertained Puerto Rican troops of the United States military who were stationed there. He sang for president John F. Kennedy at the White House on November 1961, in a showcase of Puerto Rican musical talent that complemented a visit by then governor Luis Muñoz Marín to Washington.

A more in depth biography can be found here.


Fausto & Pastor Canario Y Su Grupo / Orquesta Victor Antillana - HMV G.V.27 (1933)

Here are two sides composed by Puerto Rico's greatest composer, Rafael Hernández.

Victor ledgers have some of the personnel listed as:

Canario (pseudonym for Manuel Jiménez who was from Orocovis, Puerto Rico ) leader / Enrique v / Davilita (Pedro Ortiz Dávila) v / Fausto Delgado v.

Recorded in New York on March 24, 1933.


Partial personnel listed as:

Daniel Sanchez v, claves / Antonio Machín v, maracas.

Recorded in New York on March 24, 1933.

Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers - Bluebird 6601 (1928)



Jelly Roll Morton p, dir / Ed Anderson, Edwin Swayzee t / William Cato tb / Russell Procope cl / Paul Barnes ss / Joe Garland ts / Lee Blair g / Bass Moore bb / Manzie Johnson d.

Recorded at the 46th Street studio in New York on December 6, 1928.


Jelly Roll Morton p, dir / Ward Pinkett t / Geechie Fields tb / Omer Simeon cl / Lee Blair bj / Bill Benford bb / Tommy Benford d.

Recorded at Liederkranz Hall in New York on June 11, 1928.

A. Mesa y S. Ithier R. Hernández (Trío Borinquen) - Columbia 2728-X (1927)

Rafael Hernández formed Trío Borinquen in 1925 and recorded 121 songs by the time they disbanded in 1931.

Antonio Mesa (Dominican) tenor v / Salvador Ithier (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) 2nd guitar, v / Rafael Hernández (Aguadillo, Puerto Rico) lead guitar.

Recorded in New York, 1927.


Taylor's Dixie Orchestra (1931) / Jimmie Gunn & His Orchestra (1936)

Although James Henry Gunn has had a school named after him in Charlotte, North Carolina for almost 70 years now, not much is known about the man. Even the picture of Gunn from the school's website is not a photograph but rather what looks to be a charcoal drawing.

Poring through discographies, Gunn seems to have made his recording debut as the pianist of a Carolina territory band from Charlotte's Johnson C. Smith University in 1931. Taylor's Dixie Orchestra waxed their only two sides in Charlotte on May 23, 1931 for the Victor label. Other than a couple of newspaper clippings announcing upcoming concerts for the group, again, information is sparse.

After poor health sidelines Taylor, Gunn assumes control of the outfit, and plays on the CBS Dixie Radio network leading to audience exposure. A few years later, Gunn heads back to Charlotte and records six sides at Southern Radio Corporation's second floor warehouse for Victor's budget label, Bluebird on June 18, 1936.

The open warehouse gives the music a wonderful cavernous ballroom ambiance that is captured nicely within the grooves.

Once again, newspaper clippings survive touting the engagements this band would perform around the country.

History shows that Jimmie Gunn enters academia as a math teacher several years later and even becomes principal of Clear Creek High School in Mecklenburg County between 1944 and 1945.

The school was named for him in 1947 and after going through many changes, is now a thriving elementary school.

Below is every Jimmie Gunn side, including the Japanese issue of My Blue Heaven.

Taylor's Dixie Orchestra: Dave Taylor dir / Lester Mitchell t / Joe Jordan t, v / Leslie Johnakins as, bar / Skeets Tolbert as, v / Ernest Parham ts, v / Jimmie Gunn p / Guy Harrington bj, v / Harry Prather bb / Bill Hart d.

Recorded in Charlotte, NC on May 23, 1931.




Jimmie Gunn & His Orchestra: Jimmie Gunn p, dir / Dave Pugh t, v / Charles Daniels, Herman Franklin t / John Orange (Slats?), Sam Hinton tb / ?Skeets Tolbert, Robert Griffin, James Berry as / Otis Hicks ts / William Shavers p / Alton Harrington g / Harry Prather sb / Raymond Mason d / Sam Jennings v.

Recorded in Charlotte, on June 18, 1936.