The Playlist • Harlem Bands on Grey Gull (1929–1930)

More hot black groups from the notoriously cheap Grey Gull label. Actual identities of these pseudonymous groups and their members remain unknown; some personnel listed in Jazz Records and derivative or similar works (including the tin-eared notion that several of GG’s usual white studio hacks are present) have been pretty well debunked in recent years. However, it does seem likely that J.C. Johnson, Porter Grainger, and Claude Austin were at least peripherally involved with the August 1929, November 1929, and January 1930 recordings, respectively, as they composed all titles recorded at those sessions.

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MOONLIGHT REVELERS: Memphis Stomp

New York: c. August 1929
Grey Gull 1786  (mx. 3607– A)

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MOONLIGHT REVELERS: Baby Knows How

New York: c. August 1929
Grey Gull 1767 (mx. 3608 – B)

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JAZZOPATORS: Don’t Know and Don’t Care

New York: c. November 1929
Grey Gull 1803  (mx. 3741-A)

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MEMPHIS JAZZERS: Ev’rybody Dance

New York: c. November 1929
Grey Gull 1816 (mx. 3742 – B)

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MEMPHIS JAZZERS: Miss Golden Brown

New York: c. November 1929
Grey Gull 1805 (mx. 3743 – B)

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MEMPHIS JAZZERS: In Harlem’s Araby

New York: c. November 1929
Grey Gull 1804 (mx. 3744 – B)

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LEVEE SYNCOPATORS: The Rackett

New York: c. January 1930
Grey Gull 1843 (mx. 3843 – B)

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NEW ORLEANS PEPSTERS: The Harlem Stomp Down

New York: c. January 1930
Van Dyke 81836 [ = Grey Gull 1836]  (mx. 3844 – A)

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