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Blues, Blues Christmas 1925 - 1955

Various artists
Double album with full colour 20 page booklet by Jeff Harris. 
Detailed discography
The idea of Christmas themed blues and gospel numbers stretches back to the very dawn of the recorded genres. “Hooray for Christmas” exclaims Bessie Smith to kick off her soon to be classic “At The Christmas Ball”, which inaugurated the Christmas blues tradition when it was recorded in November 1925 for Columbia. A year later, circa December 1926, the gospel Christmas tradition was launched when the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers recorded “Silent Night, Holy Night” for Paramount Records. After these recordings it was off to the races with numerous Christmas blues numbers recorded by singers of all stripes, a pace that continued as blues evolved into R&B and then rock and roll. Continued...

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Blind Joe Taggart Vol 2 1929 - 1934
Blind Joe Taggart CDs

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Rev Edward W Clayborn 1926 - 1928
DOCD-5155 Rev. Edward W. Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist) 1926 – 1928 Rev. Edward W. Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist), vocal, guitar. Genres: Gospel, Guitar Evangelist, Bottleneck-slide guitar. Informative booklet notes by Ken Romanowski. Detailed discography. The Rev. Edward W. Clayborn played an open tuned guitar, a simple and insistent alternating bass line, a melody confidently stated on the treble strings with a bottleneck and homespun, homiletic, lyrics which were the ingredients that combined to produce the success of Vocalion 1082, "Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Best Friend)". Continued...

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