Collector’s Corner: Some Late 2020 Additions

Collector’s Corner: Some Late 2020 Additions


If there was one bright spot in 2020 (aside from the defeat of Donald Trump), it was that some collectors suddenly became more amenable to thinning their holdings, for any number of reasons. And so, some very fine things found an appreciative new home here in the final months of an otherwise horrid period. Here are a few favorite newcomers that I hope you’ll enjoy as you toast the start of a new year and a new era.

If you have records of this type to sell, in equally fine condition, your lists of disposables are always welcome. Please use standard VJM grading, note all defects no matter how seemingly minor (especially any graininess in the pressing), be brutally honest in your grading, and state your asking price.  (Due to exorbitant shipping costs and delays and mishandling by Customs, I am purchasing only from U.S. sources.) — Allan Sutton




BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON: Shuckin’ Sugar Blues  (EE–)

Chicago (Marsh Laboratories): c. October 1926
Paramount 12454 (mx. 3077 – 2  /  ctl. 498)



BLIND BOY FULLER: Untrue Blues  (EE+)

New York: February 9, 1937
Melotone 7-10-56  (mx. 20641 – 2)


BIG BILL BROONZY: You Know I Got a Reason  (EE+)

Chicago: September 3, 1936
Melotone 6-11-72 (mx. C 1457 – 2)



Chicago: March 23, 1934
Bluebird B-5593 (mx. BS 80504 – 1)


DICK JUSTICE: Cocaine  (E)

Chicago: May 20, 1929
Brunswick 395 (mx. C 3516 – )
Two takes were recorded; the issued take is not indicated in the pressing or the Brunswick files.


COON-SANDERS ORCHESTRA (Carleton A. Coon, vcl): Bless You, Sister  (E)

Chicago: December 12, 1928
Victor 21895 (mx. BVE 48726 – 2)  (regional release, per Victor files)


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