The Playlist • The Famous Hokum Boys on Homestead (1929)

MSP_homestead-16098-copy2Some years ago, 78 Quarterly (an otherwise terrific magazine) ran an ongoing list of “The World’s Rarest Records,” which amounted to a few well-known collectors playing a game of “Mine’s bigger than yours.” Since 99.99% of the collecting community wasn’t polled on whether they owned any of the records in question, the rarity of some items was grossly over-estimated.

Case in point: Homestead 16098, which the 78Q gang assured readers was unknown on Homestead. Well, we’ve run across two copies over the years, one in Gettsyburg PA in the 1980s, and just recently, another one in Denver. Rare? Sure, in this form at least (the same recordings were also issued on the other ARC labels). World’s rarest? We wish! Anyway, enjoy…

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FAMOUS HOKUM BOYS: That’s the Way She Likes It

New York: April 9, 1930
Homestead 16098 (ARC mx. 9598 – 2)

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FAMOUS HOKUM BOYS: Papa’s Getting Hot

New York: April 9, 1930
Homestead 16098 (ARC mx. 9596 – 2)

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FAMOUS HOKUM BOYS: Eagle Riding Papa

New York: April 9, 1930
Homestead 16099 (ARC mx. 9595 – )
This selection from a tape dubbing supplied by the late Gilbert Louey (take # not noted)

The Famous Hokum Boys were Big Bill Broonzy (guitar/vocal), Thomas A. (“Georgia Tom”) Dorsey (piano/vocal), and Frank Brasswell (guitar). The studio supervisor for this session was Arthur Satherley.

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