The Playlist • Armand J. Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra (1923–1924)

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ARMAND J. PIRON’S NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA:
Sud Bustin’ Blues

New York: December 21, 1923
Columbia 14007-D (mx. 81435 – 3)

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ARMAND J. PIRON’S NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA:
Ghost of the Blues

New York: February 15, 1924
Columbia 99-D (mx. 81569 – 3)

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ARMAND J. PIRON’S NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA (Armand J.
Piron and Charles Bocage, vocal): Kiss Me Sweet

New York: December 1923
Okeh 40021 (mx. S 72133 – D)

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ARMAND J. PIRON’S NEW ORLEANS ORCHESTRA:
Mama’s Gone, Goodbye

New York: December 11, 1923
Victor 19233 (mx. B 29122 – 2)

 

 

The Playlist • The Two Sides of Ethel Waters (1926–1928)

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ETHEL WATERS (James P. Johnson, piano): My Handy Man

New York: August 21, 1928
Special Editions 5014-S (mx. W 146873 – 1)
Original-stamper reissue of Columbia 14353-D

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ETHEL WATERS (James P. Johnson, piano):
Do What You Did Last Night

New York: August 21, 1928
Special Editions 5014-S (mx. W 146874 – 2)
Original-stamper reissue of Columbia 14353-D

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ETHEL WATERS (Ebony Four, vocal accompaniment):
He Brought Joy to My Soul

New York: September 14, 1926
Columbia 14170-D (mx. W 142614 – 3)

Columbia Four-Horn Exhibition Phonograph (1906)

The American Graphophone Company (Columbia) manufactured this quadruple phonograph as an exhibition piece for 1906 Milan exposition. Presumably one-of-a-kind, it is not known to have survived.

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The Playlist • Five Harmaniacs (1926–1927)

Hailing from Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, the Five Harmaniacs occupied an  interesting niche between white country music and black skiffle and jug bands. Thus being a shade of gray, their recordings appeared in neither Blues and Gospel Records 1897–1942 nor Country Music Records, 1921–1942 (although Brian Rust did include them in Jazz & Ragtime Records, 1897–1942). The photo below is from a later period, by which time the Five Harmaniacs were more readily identifiable as a purely country music act.
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FIVE HARMANIACS (Claude Shugart, vocal):
Sadie Green, Vamp of New Orleans

New York: September 17, 1926
Victor 20293 (mx. BVE 36326 – 2)

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FIVE HARMANIACS: Coney Island Washboard

New York: September 17, 1926
Victor 20293 (mx. BVE 36327 – 2)

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FIVE HARMANIACS (Walter Howard, talking):
What Makes My Baby Cry?

New York: February 8, 1927
Custom vinyl pressing from mx. BVE 37750 – 1 (“held” take)

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FIVE HARMANIACS: It Takes a Good Woman
(To Keep a Good Man at Home)

New York: February 8, 1927
Custom vinyl pressing from mx. BVE 37751 – 1 (“held” take)

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Discographical data are from the original Victor files, courtesy of John Bolig.

Before “Uncle Fester”: Jackie Coogan’s Cameo Records (1925)

Cameo was a low-budget operation that wasn’t much for signing high-priced stars, but it made an exception for Jackie Coogan, fresh from his success with Charlie Chaplin in “The Kid.”

These 7″ discs were issued in 1925. The records themselves aren’t easy to find, the sleeves even less so; and the inserts that were packaged with the discs (center) rarely turn up today. The backs of the sleeves (unfortunately our specimen is too damaged to be worth reproducing here) feature photos showing “How Jackie Keeps in Condition for Making His Wonderful Pictures and Captivating Records.”

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The Playlist • Eddie Johnson’s Cracker Jacks / Jimmie Lunceford & his Chickasaw Syncopators

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EDDIE JOHNSON’S CRACKER JACKS (Benny Jackson, vocal):
The Duck’s Yas Yas Yas

Egleston Auditorium, Atlanta: February 25, 1932
Bluebird B-6278 (mx. BVE 71625 – 1)

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JIMMIE LUNCEFORD & HIS CHICKASAW SYNCOPATORS
(Moses Allen, preaching): In dat Mornin’

Memphis Auditorium: June 6, 1930
Victor V-38141 (mx. BVE 62599 – 2)

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JIMMIE LUNCEFORD & HIS CHICKASAW SYNCOPATORS: Sweet Rhythm

Memphis Auditorium: June 6, 1930
Victor V-38141 (mx. BVE 62600 – 1)

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Discographical data from the original Victor files, courtesy of John Bolig, author of The Victor Discography Series

The Playlist • More Columbia Cylinders (1904–1905)

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EDWARD M. FAVOR: Bedelia

New York; released March 1904
Columbia XP Cylinder 32375

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HARRY TALLY: Goodbye, Sweet Old Manhattan Isle

New York; released November 1905
Columbia XP Cylinder 32812

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ARTHUR COLLINS: Pretty Little Dinah Jones

New York; released February 1904
Columbia XP Cylinder 32353

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BOB ROBERTS: By the Watermelon Vine

New York; released November 1904
Columbia XP Cylinder 32591

Vaughn De Leath and Jones & Hare Caricatures (1929)

Three of the most prolific radio and recording-studio artists of the late 1920s, as caricatured in Radio Revue (1929). Jones & Hare had recently lost their Happiness Candy Company sponsorship, along with rights to the “Happiness Boys” name.

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American Record Co. / Hawthorne, Sheble & Prescott Ephemera (1906)

Work’s nearly wrapped up on Bill Bryant’s American Record Company, Hawthorne & Sheble, and International Record Company discographies, which will be released in a combined volume this Fall. In the meantime, here are a couple of interesting HS&P pieces from the March and April 1906 issues of The Talking Machine World. (Baby had a good ear — the “Blue Indian” discs do sound pretty terrific on the Zonophone!)
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Original Tuxedo Jazz Band Announcement (1925)

This announcement of the first (and last) Okeh releases by Oscar Celestin’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band appeared in The Talking Machine World for April 15, 1925. Okeh recorded only three titles by the group, in New Orleans on January 23, 1925; “Playing at Spanish Fort” was appended to the band credit on the labels. In 1926 the band signed with Columbia.

MSP_tuxedo-jb_tmw-04-25Discographical details of the Celestin recordings can be found in Brian Rust’s Jazz and Ragtime Records, 1897-1942 (6th Edition), out-of-print in book form by available from Mainspring Press as a searchable CD-ROM.

The Playlist • Cardboard Records: Hit of the Week (1930–1931)

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FREDDIE RICH’S RADIO ORCHESTRA (vcl: Elmer Feldkamp & Trio): Little Girl

New York: August 1931
Hit of the Week J-4

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FREDDIE RICH’S RADIO ORCHESTRA (vcl: Elmer Feldkamp & Trio): It’s the Girl

New York: August 1931
Hit of the Week K-1

Featured soloists on these sides include Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Tommy Dorsey (trombone); Artie Shaw (clarinet); Joe Venuti (violin); and Eddie Lang (guitar). Complete personnel can be found in Brian Rust’s Jazz & Ragtime Records, 1897-1942, out-of-print in book form but available from Mainspring Press in a searchable CD-ROM edition.

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EDDIE CANTOR with PHIL SPITALNY’S ORCHESTRA: Cheer Up

New York: September 1931
Durium De Luxe K-6

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HARRY RESER’S RADIO BAND (as THE NEW YORK TWELVE): You’re Driving Me Crazy (vcl: Frank Luther)

New York: December 29, 1930
Hit of the Week 1121

Coming This Fall: Pathé-Perfect, American Record Co., Hawthorne & Sheble, and International Record Co. (+ Grey Gull–Cameo Update)

Forthcoming Titles for Fall 2014
(Release Dates to Be Announced)

HSP-cover-x5The first comprehensive discographies of the American Record Co. (the highly collectible “Blue Indian” discs), including corresponding U.S. and foreign client-label issues; the Hawthorne & Sheble Manufacturing Co. (Star, Clarion, Harmony, Sir Henri, et al., including details of the source Columbia recordings); and the International Record Co. (Excelsior, International, Boston Symphony Record, The Buckeye Record, Faultless Concert Record, Kalamazoo, Nightingale Parlor Grand, and so many others). Includes extensive illustrated and documented histories of each company. (Quality softcover, approx. 300 pgs)

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PATHE-cover-x5Volume I in the two-volume Pathé-Perfect Discography covers all Pathé issues that have  corresponding Perfect issues, along with all corresponding American subsidiary and client-label issues, in the Race Record, Popular Vocal (including Star Series), Standard / Miscellaneous, and Classical / Operatic series. Volume II, covering the Dance series, will release in 2015. Includes an illustrated and documented history of the American Pathé operation. (Quality softcover, approx. 360 pgs)

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GREY GULL AND PRE-PATHE CAMEO DISCOGRAPHIES — Update: The Grey Gull and pre-Pathé period Cameo discographies, originally planned as books, will instead be incorporated as modules within the Mainspring Master Database (currently in development and programming stages), rather than being published in printed form. The later (Pathé-related) Cameo data appears in The Pathé–Perfect Discography.

The Playlist • New Orleans Owls (1926)

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NEW ORLEANS OWLS: Pretty Baby

New Orleans: April 14, 1926
Columbia 1045-D (mx. W 142022 – 1)

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NEW ORLEANS OWLS: White Ghost Shivers

Atlanta: November 6, 1926
Columbia 862-D (mx. W 143112 – 2)

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NEW ORLEANS OWLS: Piccadilly

New Orleans: April 14, 1926
Columbia 1158-D (mx. W 142019 – 3)

110 Years Ago at the Victor Talking Machine Co. — The July 1904 Catalog

Courtesy of John Bolig, author of The Victor Discography Series

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The Playlist • King Oliver’s Dixie Syncopators

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KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPATORS (as SAVANNAH SYNCOPATORS):
Wa Wa Wa

Chicago: May 29, 1929
Brunswick 3373 (mx. C 372, renumbered from Vocalion mx. E 3181)

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KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPATORS: Aunt Hagar’s Blues

New York: September 10, 1928
Brunswick 80080  (dubbed reissue from mx. E 28186 -; originally Vocalion 1225)

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KING OLIVER & HIS DIXIE SYNCOPATORS: Slow and Steady

New York: November 14, 1928
Brunswick 4469 (mx. E 28757 -)

The selected takes for the last two selections are not indicated in the pressings or files (two takes of each title were made).