FEATURED ARTIST / S
|Oscar`s Chicago Swingers|
|Signifying Mary Johnson|
Kokomo Arnold Vol 3: 22nd May 1936 to March 12th 1937
Kokomo Arnold, vocal steel, bottleneck-slide guitar’
Includes: Alice Moore vocal, Signifying Mary Johnson, vocal; Lovin’ Sam Theard, vocal; Roosevelt Sykes, piano; Albert Ammons, piano, Peetie Wheatstraw, piano and others...
Georgia blues / Chicago blues.
Informative booklet notes by Keith Briggs
James “Kokomo” Arnold was born in Georgia on September 15, 1901, and began his musical career in Buffalo, New York in the early '20s. During prohibition, he worked primarily as a bootlegger, and performing music was a only sideline to him. Nonetheless, he worked out a distinctive style of bottleneck slide guitar and blues singing that set him apart from his contemporaries.
In the early 1930's Arnold moved to Chicago in order to be near to where the action was as a bootlegger, but the repeal of the Volstead Act put him out of business. As a result he turned instead to music as a full-time vocation.
From his first Decca session of September 10, 1934 until he finally called it quits after his session of May 12, 1938, Kokomo Arnold made eighty-eight sides under his own name for the label, which rejected only nine of them - two of the rejected titles have since been recovered.
The tracks on this Document Records CD were recorded between May 1936 to March 1937. In these sessions he was accompanied on various occasions by piano players Roosevelt Sykes, Albert Ammons and Peetie Wheatstraw.