Blind Willie Johnson - Columbia 14490 (1929)

Blind Willie Johnson g, v.

Recorded in New Orleans on December 10, 1929.


Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy - Brunswick 4863 (1930)

Andy Kirk bsx, bb, dir / Edgar Battle, Harry Lawson t / Allen Durham tb / John Harrington cl, as / John Williams as, bar / Lawrence 'Slim' Freeman ts / Claude Williams vn / Mary Lou Williams p, a / William Dirvin bj, g / Edward McNeil d.

Recorded in Chicago on May 1, 1930.


Marlow Hardy & His Alabamians - Columbia 2034 (1925)

Is this Cab Calloway's recording debut, as some have said? And by some, I mean Cab himself.

In an interview, he says that he sat in on second alto in the reed section.

Note below that Rust's discography has two reeds unnamed.

Marlow (Marion) Hardy cl, as, dir / Eddie Mallory, Elisha Herbert t / Henry Clark tb / Artie Starks cl, as / cl, ts / Ralph Anderson p / Leslie Corley bj / Charlie Turner bb / Jimmy McHendricks d / The Alabama Magpie Trio v.

Recorded in New York on October 29, 1929.


Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy - Brunswick 4893 (1929)

Andy Kirk bsx, bb, dir / Gene Prince, Harry Lawson t / Allen Durham tb / John Harrington cl, as / John Williams as, bar / Lawrence Freeman ts / Claude Williams vn / Mary Lou Williams p, a / William Dirvin bj, g / Edward McNeil d / Billy Massey v; or 2 cl from Harrington, Williams, or Freeman.

Recorded in Kansas City on November 11, 1929.


Blind Willie (McTell) & Partner - Vocalion 02622 (1933)

From wikipedia...

Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier; May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959) was a Piedmont blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues. Unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voices of Delta bluesmen such as Charley Patton. McTell performed in various musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

McTell was born in Thomson, Georgia. He learned to play the guitar in his early teens. He soon became a street performer in several Georgia cities, including Atlanta and Augusta, and first recorded in 1927 for Victor Records. He never produced a major hit record, but he had a prolific recording career with different labels and under different names in the 1920s and 1930s.

In 1940, he was recorded by the folklorist John A. Lomax and Ruby Terrill Lomax for the folk song archive of the Library of Congress. He was active in the 1940s and 1950s, playing on the streets of Atlanta, often with his longtime associate Curley Weaver. Twice more he recorded professionally. His last recordings originated during an impromptu session recorded by an Atlanta record store owner in 1956. McTell died three years later, having suffered for years from diabetes and alcoholism.

Despite his lack of commercial success, he was one of the few blues musicians of his generation who continued to actively play and record during the 1940s and 1950s. He did not live to see the American folk music revival, in which many other bluesmen were "rediscovered."

Blind Willie McTell g, v / Curley Weaver? g, v.

Recorded in New York on September 14 & 21, 1933.


Armando Vega Y Su Trio Casino Tropical - Alberto 187

Armando Vega was a guitarist and singer from Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He fronted his Trio Tropical Casino which consisted of Junior González and Pablo Delgado.

He went to New York where he joined several trios including Trío Los Tres Caballeros and Trío Borinquen eventually playing Carnegie Hall in 1962.

Returning to Puerto Rico, he reorganized a trio and performed on radio programs during the 1980s.



Chuck Berry 1926 - 2017

Just heard the news that we've lost an icon today, March 18, 2017.

Here we have what many consider the last major labelled 78 rpm disc produced.



Don José Havana Orchestra (Cuarteto Machín) / Bennie Moten & His Kansas City Orchestra - Victor 23037 (1929)

What an odd pairing AND it took me a while to figure out who Don José's Havana Orchestra was...and what a nice surprise at that.

Cuarteto Machín: Daniel Sánchez g, v / Yayito Maldonado g / Antonio Machín dir, v / Remberto Lara t.

Recorded in New York on October 6, 1930.


Bennie Moten dir / Ed Lewis, Booker Washington c / Thamon Hayes tb / Harlan Leonard cl, ss, as / Jack Washington el, as, bar / Woody Walder cl, ts / Count Basie p / Ira "Buster" Moten pac, 2nd p / Leroy Berry bj / Vernon Page bb / Willie McWashington d / Eddie Durham tb, g.

Recorded in Chicago on October 23, 1929.

Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band - Columbia MC 3456

Haven't been able to ascertain the recording date for these sides but was very surprised to hear the style heard here.

Not being Cuban in the least, the brothers were actually born in Cardiff, Wales. There father was from Cape Verde off the northwest coast of Africa.

The brother act played alongside Glenn Miller's AEF band in 1944 and in 1960, provided music for the film, Our Man In Havana.

Here is a wonderfully thorough website dedicated to the Deniz brothers.




Re: Our Man In Havana
The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 1960

Johnson's Cracker Jacks - Bluebird 6278 (1932)

Eddie Johnson p, dir / Harold Baker, James Talphy t / Winfield Baker tb / Fred Martin, Walter Martin as / Chick Franklin ts / Benny Jackson bj, g, v / Singleton Palmer sb / Lester Nichols d.

Recorded in Atlanta on February 25, 1932.


The Pittsburgh Courier
December 31, 1931

Alton Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
September 14, 1932

The Courier Journal (Kentucky)
October 22, 1932

Mills Ten Blackberries - Velvet Tone 7082 & 7088 (1930)

Here we have the complete recording session output by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra from June 12, 1930.

Duke Ellington p, a, dir / Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, Cootie Williams t / Joe Nanton tb / Johnny Hodges cl, ss, as / Harry Carney cl, as bar / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d. 

Recorded in New York on June 12, 1930.





The New York Age
July 12, 1930

Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Okeh 8255 (1925)

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

Recorded in Kansas City on May 14, 1925.


Tweedy Brothers - Supertone 9166 (1928)

Here are two brothers from West Virginia that hit the road in their early teens with their father, a country doctor, behind the wheel. They debuted on radio at Cincinnati's WLW in 1922. A few years later, they recorded for the Gennett company in Richmond, Indiana and many of their recordings made it to Sears labels...such as this one.

Charles Tweedy p / Harry Tweedy fiddle.

Ida Red recorded in Richmond, IN on April 21, 1928 and Buckwheat Batter on July 15, 1928.



The Daily Notes - Canonsburg, PA 
September 28, 1923

The Daily Times - New Philadelphia, OH
June 26, 1928

The Circleville Herald - Circleville, OH
February 12, 1930

The Red Headed Fiddlers - Brunswick 285 (1928)

The Red Headed Fiddlers had their own radio show which aired out of Fort Worth, Texas for a decade until the Depression.

Here is their first record which was issued in 1928. Texas Quickstep was also known as Rachael's Hornpipe, the Rachael here being the wife of Andrew Jackson.

J. Warner 'Red' Graham bj / A.L. 'Red' Steeley fiddle.

Recorded in Dallas on October 18, 1928.




Ernie Freeman Combo - Cash 1017 (1955)

From wikipedia...

Joe Comfort (July 18, 1917 – October 29, 1988) was an American jazz bassist.

Comfort, from a musically oriented Los Angeles family, taught himself bass and began performing with Lionel Hampton's orchestra in the late 1920s, and later began performing with Nat King Cole in a partnership that would continue until the early 1950s. Comfort participated in numerous studio dates in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with such luminaries as Sammy Davis, Jr., Benny Carter and Nancy Wilson. Joe also performed with Frank Sinatra but Joe's adversity to flying, kept him in and around Los Angeles.

Joe's mother, Frances Comfort, was born in Mississippi and played the organ during black and white silent movies. George Comfort, Sr., Joe's father, taught music at Alcorn State University and made sure all his children could read music. Joe's brother, George Comfort was a singer, a music teacher and actor who performed with Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess, and many other films. George Comfort was active in film and in television until his seventies; his most memorable roles included a role in Baretta with Robert Blake.

Joe's wife, Mattie, was the inspiration for Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll."

Charles Mingus, in his autobiography, Beneath the Underdog, states that when he was a child living in the Watts section of Los Angeles, it was Joe Comfort who taught the young Mingus how to play the double bass.

Ernie Freeman p / Irving Ashby g / Joe Comfort b / Ray Martinez d.






Mary H. Bradford Acc. By Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Okeh 8102 (1923)

Here we have two sides from Bennie Moten's first recording session. It was set up by Winston Holmes (owner of the Merritt label) at the urging of Ralph Peer, Okeh's recording manager.

Mary Bradford v / Bennie Moten p, dir / Lammar Wright c / Thamon Hayes tb / Woodie Walder cl / Sam Tall bj / Willie Hall d.

Recorded in St. Louis in September 1923.



Blanche Calloway & Her Joy Boys / McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Victor 22640 (1931)

Blanche Calloway, sister of Cab, recorded 3 sides with Andy Kirk's band in 1931 and seemingly had eyes on becoming their new bandleader. She was unsuccessful in her attempt to take over Kirk's group but she did manage to steal a few sidemen when she started up her new Joy Boys orchestra.

Harry Lawson, Edgar Battle, Clarence Smith t / Floyd Brady tb / John Harrington cl, as / John Williams as / Lawrence Freeman ts / Mary Lou Williams p / Bill Dirvin bj / Andy Kirk bb / Ben Thigpen d / Blanche Calloway v.

Recorded in Camden, NJ on March 2, 1931.


Don Redman cl, as, bar, v, a, dir / Joe Smith c / Rex Stewart, Langston Curl t / Ed Cuffee tb / Benny Carter cl, as / Edward Inge cl, as, ts / Prince Robinson cl, ts / Todd Rhodes p / Dave Wilborn bj / Billy Taylor bb / Cuba Austin d.

Recorded in New York on November 3, 1930.

Johnny De Droit & His New Orleans Jazz Orchestra / Jack Linx & His High Society Serenaders - Okeh 40192 (1924)

Johnny de Droit c / Russ Papalia tb / Henry Raymond cl / Rudolph Levy as / Frank Cuny p / George Potter bj / Paul de Droit d.

Recorded in New Orleans on March 15, 1924.


The Evening News Harrisburg, PA January 1, 1925

Jack Linx cl, ss, as, dir / Coleman Sachs c / Sidney Patterson cl, as / Seibert Traxler cl, ts, bar / Eph Tunkle or Gilbert Davis p / Maurice Sigler bj / Frank Manning bb / Carroll Gardner d.

Recorded in Atlanta on August 28, 1924.


The Anniston (AL) Star December 29, 1929