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    "Painting The Clouds With Sunshine", (668 kb). The Golden Gate Orchestra (The California Ramblers) rec' for Harmony in New York City June 6, 1929.
    "Yellow Dog Blues", (827 kb). Ben's Bad Boys (Ben Pollack group). Harry Raderman on trombone.
    "Siam Soo", (547 kb). The Happy Six. rec'd New York Feb. 8 in 1921. Columbia A3379 Matrix 79717.
    once-upon-a-time a type of dancing called 'Siam Dancing' was quite popular. So popular that the Columbia Grafanola folks made and sold a little gadget that you could put on top of a record as it played. The gadget consisted of a little doll that danced while the record went around and around. And - guess what, the doll's name was Siam Soo. Columbia was so proud of it that had a couple of folks, Motzan & Jerome, write a song by that name. They also had one of their popular recording bands, The Happy Six, record the song.
    "Another Good Man Gone Wrong", (827 kb). Louisiana Five Jazz Orch. Rec'd April 1, 1919, Newe York City. Columbia A2742 - 78376
    Louisiana Five was led by drummer Anton Lada. The band was based in New York City and toured the vaudeville curcuits. Alcide "Yellow" Nunez was fired from the "Original Dixieland Jass Band" for drinking too much, and went to work for the Louisina Five. Wait a minute.... I see 7 men in the Louisiana Five. Karl Berger Banjo, Doc Behrendson Cornet, Anton Lada Drums, Leader, Billy Murray Vocals, 'Yellow' Nunez Clarinet, Charles Panelli Trombone, and Joe Rawley Piano. Oh well, - what's an extra man or two.
    "Down on the Florida Shore", (439kb). Fred Rich Orch. Rec'd: Cameo 037, ca. March 30, 1926. A Ballard MacDonald and Harry Carroll tune.
    "Second Hand Rose", (535kb). Van Eps Trio. ca. 1920.
    "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate", (589 kb). The Cotton Pickers. Rec'd: New York City July 1922
    "Nobody's Sweetheart Now", (610kb) McKinney's Cotton Pickers . rec'd: Chicago, IL. Victor July 12, 1928.
    "Nobody's Sweatheart", (683kb). Fred Elizalde's Anglo American Band. Rec'd" April 12, 1929 in London, England for HMV. (Adrian Rollini playing Bass sax.)
    "Afghanistan", (664kb). Prince's Orch. Ca. 1908 Columbia Matrix No. 78948 Record No. A2883
    "I Want To Be Happy", (944kb) The New Orleans Rhythm Kings Ca. 1925
    "Cute Little Wiggle", (375kb) Frisco Jazz Band. Rec'd: Aug. 2, 1917
    "Darktown Strutter's Ball", (820kb). Mound City Blue Blowers. ca. 1924
    "Medley", (301kb). American Saxophone Band. Rec'd: 1911. Medley: "Chicken"; "The Cubanola Glide"; "When The Moon Plays Peek-a-Boo" and "The Bullfrog and The Coon"
    "Frogs Legs", (658kb). Columbia Saxophone Sextet. Rec'd: ca 1912 (Columbia A2925 Matrix: 78980 ) (Grooves were badly eroded.)
    "Té Para Dos" (English: "Tea For Two"), (3941kb). The Benson Orchestra Of Chicago. An acoustic recording made 28 August 1924 in New York City; Arg Victor 79574-A. Labeled "Orquesta Benson" - "TE PARA DOS", is of course, the very well known "TEA FOR TWO", and this rare copy of the Victor record couples this Benson item with a tune by Adolfo Carabelli y su Orquesta, a local band . (courtesy Mr. V. Buland.)
    "Here Comes My Ball and Chain", (773kb). The "Coon - Sanders Nighthawks". Rec'd: Nov. 27, 1928. During the 1920s "Jazz Age" era, the popularity of Nighthawks' eclipsed such bands as Jean Goldkette, Ben Bernie, and the "King of Jazz," Paul Whiteman. In addition, they were the catalysts for three significant developments in the entertainment industry: the birth of radio broadcasting, the start of the MCA Booking Agency and the development of the Columbia Broadcasting System.
    "Copenhagen", (324kb). The Oriole Orchestra was, in reality, the Russo-Fiorito Orchestra which was co-led by Dan Russo and Ted Fiorito. In 1932, future pin up girl Betty Grable joined the band as a vocalist and appeared with the band in the 1933 film "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi." Fiorito stopped recording in 1942 but continued to lead bands, mostly in Las Vegas, NV, through the 1960s.
    "College Girls", (369kb). The Ramblers. Rec'd for Columbia in NYC January 19, 1927.
    "Then I'll Be Happy", (366kb) California Ramblers. Rec'd: Columbia Dec. 4, 1925
    "Miss Annabelle Lee", (375kb). California Ramblers.
    "Here I Am", (318kb.) Fred Elizalde Orch.. Rec'd in London, Eng., (HMV) April of 1928
    "Oriental Man", (312kb). The Dixie Thumpers (a Johnny Dodds band.) Rec'd Dec. 1927 for Paramount.
    "Allah's Holiday", (743kb). Red Nichols and his Five Pennies. (Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey, Arthur Schutt, Vic Berton, Miff Mole, Eddie Lang.)
    "Pretty Little You", (537kb). California Ramblers . Rec'd: Sept. 13, 1929 for Edison in New York City.
    "Chicago Rhythm", (339kb). Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orch. Rec'd: Chicago on Feb. 26, 1929. for Vocalion.
    "September Song", (485kb). Muggsy Spanier's Ragtimers.
    "San Sue Strut", (347kb). The Crescent City Jazzers (who later became The Arcadian Serenaders and were joined by trumpet playing Joe "Wingy" Manone. Joe had lost an arm in an accident, hence the name "Wingy." He wore a prosthetic arm whenever performing.). Rec'd: Nov. 1924 by Okeh in St. Louis, MO. USA.
    "Ory's Creole Trombone", (455kb). Rec'd: July of 1922, Los Angeles, CA.
    "Lazy Weather", (370kb). California Ramblers. rec'd: New York, NY. May 26, 1927. Columbia label.
    "My Sin (Is Loving You)", (389kb). The California Ramblers . Rec'd: April 25,1929. (Edison)
    "Guitar Blues", (352kb). Eddie Lang - Lonnie Johnson guitar duet. Rec'd:May 7, 1929. Okeh label in New York City .
    "Kitten On The Keys", (330kb). "Kitten On The Keys", The Okeh Trio (Harry Reser) with recorded for Okeh in New York City 20 March, 1922.
    "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles", (494kb). The Original Dixieland Jazz Band . Rec'd: Jan. 8, 1920 Columbia label. (The band was formed in 1914.)
    "Wildman Blues", (359kb). Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (featuring Louis Armstrong). Rec'd: Brunswick in Chicago on April 22, 1927. Black Bottom Stompers included: Charlie Alexander-Piano, Louis Armstrong-Cornet, Barney Bigard-Tenor Saxophone, Baby Dodds-Drums & Vocals, Johnny Dodds-Clarinet & Leader, Natty Dominique-Cornet, Earl Hines-Piano, George Mitchell-Cornet, Bud Scott-Banjo, John Thomas-Trombone.
    "Somebody Stole My Gal", (282kb).Freddie Franko and his Louisianians. Rec'd: Nov. 2, 1930 in Chicago, IL. Melotone label. Band included Francois Moseley (AKA Freddie Franko)-Drums & Leader, Punch Miller-Vocals & Trumpet, Zinky Cohn-Piano, Charles Du Gaston-Banjo, Bill Hilliard-Tuba, Ed Burke-Trombone,Fred Howard-Tenor Saxophone, and Leon Washington-Alto Saxophone.
    "Green River", (328kb). Billy Murray vocal. Rec'd 1915: Victor (Victor 17885-B).
    "Golden Lily Blues", (279kb). Frankie Franco and his Louisianians. Rec'd: Nov. 2, 1930 for Melotone label. Chicago, IL. USA..
    "The Dixie Rube", (232kb). March 1906 cylinder recording by The Edison Military Band.
    "Indianola", (296kb). Lt. Jim Europe's 369th infantry 'Hell Fighters' band. Rec'd for Pathe in March of 1919. Strangely, his name is not well known among Jazz fans, still, James Reese Europe leader of the 369th Infantry Jazz Band, also known as "The Hellfighters", was greatly responsible for introducing American Popular music to Europeans during World War I. His career was brief (Europe was murdered by his drummer on May 11, 1919), yet he profoundly influenced the course of popular music, not just in the United States but throughout the world.
    "The Black Bottom", (326kb). "Perry Bradford's Gang" recorded it for Okeh In New York City, December, 1926. Regarding this tune, Mr Verne Buland writes: "This one (at least to me) carries quite a bit of historical significance. This is the ORIGINAL "Black Bottom" dance played by the band of the man that wrote the song-Perry Bradford. Perry wrote the song in Nashville, TN. in 1919. His sheet music had the dance instructions also printed on them."
    "The Black Bottom", (686kb). For comparison, here's a 1926 version as played by Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders. (Victor Orthophonic 20102-B)
    "In 1924 the stage play "Dinah" introduced the Black Bottom to the public and almost overnight the song became as popular as the Charleston. Ann Pennington and Tom Patricola did a famous rendition of the Black Bottom in the George White Scandals of 1926. Jelly Roll Morton wrote a song called Black Bottom Stomp and there was a town called "Black Bottom" in Detroit, Michigan. The shows in which the Black Bottom was used goes on and on."
    "The dance featured the slapping of the, uh, er, backside while hopping forward and backward, stamping the feet and gyrations of the pelvis. Quite suggestive for the time."
    "Hep", (257kb). Mitchell's Jazz Kings. Rec'd in Paris, January, 1922 for Pathe.
    "Bimini Bay", (363kb). Harry Reser playing Banjo with The Rega Dance Orch. Rec'd: Brunswick. New York, NY. Aug. 8, 1922.
    ""He's Had No Lovin' For A Long, Long Time", (338kb). The Original New Orleans Jazz Band Composed: Tracy & Pinkard. Rec'd: January 1919 New York, NY (Gennett 4508). This band was organized by drummer Johnny Stein after Stein's Dixie Jass Band broke up and became the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It is interesting to note that Achille Baquet was an African-American, but passed for White and played for mainly White bands in New Orleans, including Papa Jack Laine's Relaince Orchestra. His brother George Baquet was a member of the Original Creole Orchestra and Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers. The band also recorded under the names of the New Orleans Jazz Band and Jimmy Durante's Jazz Band.
    "Walkin' My Baby Back Home", (346kb). a 1931 recording by 'Phil Napoleon's Original Memphis Five'; only by now they are called The Charleston Chasers. The song was written by Roy Turk & Fred Ahlert. Recorded Feb. 9, 1931 in New York, NY. for Columbia.
    "Santa Claus Blues", (579kb). Blue Rhythm Orch. Rec'd: Oct. 1923 in New York, NY. for Columbia records. Composed by Clarence Williams.
    "When I'm Alone", (644kb). Fats Waller and His Buddies. Rec'd: Dec. 18, 1929. Band probably included: Eddie Condon, Red Allen and Jack Teagarden, Gene Krupa, Pops Foster, and trombonist Charlie Irvis, who later would play a pivotal role in the development of Duke Ellington's "Jungle style." Composed: Chris Smith. Vocal: Orlando Robinson.
    "San", (246kb). 'Benson Orchestra of Chicago', Rec'd: April 11, 1921 for Victor label. (This is the very first known recording of the song.
    "San", (398kb). Red McKenzie's Mound City Blue Blowers. Written by Lindsay McPhail & Walter Michaels. Recorded in Chicago for Brunswick March 14, 1924.
    "And Her Golden HaIr Was Hanging Down Her Back", (264kb). Frank L. Banta's Orchestra. Rec'd: 1895 on a brown WAX cylinder. (Even after many hours of restoration, this one is still full of noise. Please remember, this was a well used WAX cylinder.) However, it does provide a good indication of how 'Popular' music of 1895 sounded.
    "Na Jo", (370kb). Benson Orch. of Chicago. From our Benson Orch. Database entry: "---on April 1921, they again recorded (at Victor's Camden, NJ Studio). Musically speaking, this was a rather interesting session. It was the first known recording of the song "San". Another of the songs recorded that day was "Na Jo", (aka: "No Ja"), which is also quite interesting because it may have been the very first use of "stop time" rhythm on a record. Listen particulaly to their clarinetist, Matt Amaturo, as he solos with the full band doing the "stop-time" back-drop or fill-ins."
    "No No Nora", (361kb). The Benson Orch. of Chicago. Rec'd: July 20, 1923 in Camden, NJ. for Victor. (Lovely melody)
    "Wang Wang Blues", (390kb). The Goofus Five (Calif. Ramblers). rec'd: April 14, 1927 in New York, NY. for Okeh.
    "Don't Bring Lulu", (336kb). The Little Ramblers. fine solos by Red Nichols on cornet (who already improvises the first chorus), Tommy Dorsey (trombone), a clarinet solo that is believed to be by Jimmy Dorsey and drummer Stan King's kazoo, but it is Adrian Rollini's quiet work on bass sax in the background that carries the number. The new electrical recording system was an enormous improvement and from this point the quality of those recordings is quite startling. The timbre of Rollini's bass-sax is particularly well captured by the new recording method.
    "My Cutey's Due At Two-To-Two Today", (333kb). The Little Ramblers. Rec'd: August 17, 1926 New York, New York for Columbia. (There is one place in this file where the tone arm pickup jumps the groove wall to the adjacent groove and we are unable to repair it as yet.)
    "Crawdad Blues", (467kb). Bennie Moten's Kansas City Jazz Band. Rec'd: Sept. 1923, St. Louis, MO. for Okeh Records. (Benny wrote the tune)
    "Ain't We Got Fun?", (587kb). Mitchell's Jazz Kings. Rec'd: Paris, France Jan. 1922. Pathe.
    "Oh Mister Gallagher, Oh Mister Shean", (94kb).This is the very popular comedy team of Ed Gallagher & Al Shean performed this song in vaudeville beginning in 1920. They also used it on Broadway in the 1922 Ziegfeld Follies. New verses were frequently added to fit special occasions or current events. Music by Al SheanWords by Ed Gallagher and (uncredited) Bryan Foy
    "Smokey Mokes Cakewalk", (387kb). The Peerless Orch. Quoting from: Ragtime. Its History, Composers, and Music. Edited by John E. Hasse, New York: Schirmer Books (Macmillan), 1985. "The cakewalk, a lightly syncopated musical style (first published in 1892 and predating Ragtime which was first published in 1897), originated with American slaves parodying high society's manners and dress in "cakewalk contests" where, competing for the prize of a cake, participants would improvise fancy footwork in order to be judged the best and "take the cake". Although 'rag' and 'cakewalk' were semantically confused during the late 1890s and early 1900s, there seems to be a notable textural differentiation in syncopated piano music of this period. Rag's instrumental texture is characterized by shorter note values, full chord sonorties, changes of register, adoption of broken-chord banjo figurations in the treble, and imaginative bass lines in octaves. . . . Cakewalk, on the other hand, is characterized by a lilting, singable treble line of one or two notes, narrow in range, in relatively longer note values accompanied by simple chords of three notes or less, and usually one-note basses in an interminable oom-pah pattern.
    "Pussyfoot March", (639kb). Six Brown Brothers (saxophne group). Rec'd: 1916. Music: "Slap" White.
    "When Aunt Dinah's Daughter Hannah Bangs on that Piano"", (766kb). Six Brown Brothers (Sax Sextet). Rec'd: 1918. Music: James "Slap" White. Victor 18476-A
    "Avalon", (927kb). Harry Raderman's Novelty Orch. written by Al Jolson & Vincent Rose and released in November 1920. Berliner Gram-o-phone Co. Ltd, Montreal, Canada on the HMV label. 216204-A
    "Left All Alone Again Blues", (674kb). Harry Raderman's Novelty Orch. Raderman (of 'laughinbg trombone' fame) must have been a strange man to work for as a band leader. He tells the band to play "Left All Alone Again Blues" but he plays "Blue Belles Of Scotland" on his trombone! This was recorded in 1920. The label says "For Dancing" but please feel free to just listen. Berliner Gram-O-Phone Co., Ltd. Montreal, Canada. on the HMV Label. 21614(0)?
    "A Musical Joke On Bedilia", (786kb). John Phillip Sousa_Band. "This may have been the toughest record I've worked on. The noise and rumble were extremely high, and some remains for your enjoyment. John Phillip Sousa's Band was conducted by Herbert Lincoln Clarke (1867-1945)"..
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