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B. A. Rolfe (1926-1929)

Genres: Jazz, Dance Band, Popular
Informative booklet notes by Joe Moore
Discography

At the end of 1923, at the age of 44, Benjamin Albert Rolfe joined Vincent Lopez's Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra, and stayed with Lopez as a star cornet player until about April 1925, when he left to join National Attractions Inc, a ballroom circuit which included the Arcadia and Clover Gardens ballrooms in New York. Within twelve months he had taken a band of his own into the Palais D'Or, a Chinese Restaurant in New York, near Broadway and 48th Street. This was a popular New York eating house, opening at noon each day, with two performances of a revue each night at 7.00pm and 11.30pm, closing at around 2.00am. By 1927 Rolfe's contract at the Palais D'Or was for $2500 per week, plus a percentage of the profits above a certain figure. Considering that the Rolfe band was playing for dancers almost as soon as the Palais D'Or opened, and continued playing right up to closing time, it can be said they earned their money each week! Continued...




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Country Music Pioneers on Edison Records Volume 2 (1923 - 1929)

Various Artists
Genres: Vintage Country, Old Timey.

Extensive booklet note by Larry Tedder.
Discography.

As with our two volume set, Jazz & Blues on Edison Records, there was such a treasure trove of Country Music Recordings left to us in the Unissued Thomas Edison Archive that one CD issue just couldn't contain it all. The recordings here cover the years 1923 through 1929, and are taken from both Diamond Disc and Lateral Cut Test Pressings. There are many original songs presented, and also some "cover" recordings of songs made famous by Jimmie Rodgers, such as Frankie Marvin performing Blue Yodel No. 1 and the vocal duo of Frank Luther and Carson Robison (under the pseudonym "The Jimson Brothers") with Waiting for a Train. This issue has been a long time in coming, and we do hope our efforts here have made it well worth the wait. Enjoy!!!




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Hawaiian Rainbow - Hawaiian Music on Edison Records (1916 - 1929)

Various artists.
Genres: Hawaiian, Hawaiian guitar, steel guitar, world music.

Informative booklet notes by Gillian Atkinson.
Discography.

Hawaiian Rainbow is the latest CD in the Document ASA (American Sound Archives) series featuring previously unissued recordings produced by the Edison Company between the years of 1914-1929. Hawaiian music had been recorded as early as the 1890s but was not especially popular or influential until 1912 when Richard Walton Tully's Play Bird of Paradise hit the Broadway stage sparking an explosion of interest. Next came the appearance of Keoki Awai's Royal Hawaiian Quartette at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. In late 1915 Victor began issuing Hawaiian discs on a monthly basis. By 1916 all companies, not least Edison, recorded Hawaiian or pseudo-Hawaiian numbers. An article titled "Hawaiian Music Universally Popular," included in the September 1916 issue of Edison Phonograph Monthly, asks, "Two years ago what did the public know about Hawaiian Music, Ukuleles, Hula Hula Dances? Since then Hawaiian music and American versions of it have taken the United States by storm...




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Mr. Edison's Christmas (1906 - 1927)

Various
Genres: Christmas, Season holiday, Santa Claus, Edison Recordings, Christmas Carols, Christmas Monologues

Informative booklet notes by Larry Tedder.
Detailed discography.

Of all things Christmas, nothing is more traditional than the singing of carols and songs. Songs that capture in lyrics and in music the many traditions that we have at this joyous Season: the birth of the Christ child, the Christmas tree, the opening of gifts, sleigh rides, and holiday get-togethers with family and friends.

On October 30, 1889 banjoist Will Lyle made history by recording "Jingle Bells" – the very first Christmas record. Although no known copies of this recording survive, one of the earliest vocal examples of "Jingle Bells" does survive on an Edison brown wax cylinder entitled, "The Sleigh Ride Party". Continued...




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Blue Girls Vol 2 1925 - 1930

Classic, Barrelhouse and Country Blues are all here and these women really know how to sing them.




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Female Blues Singers Vol 3 B/C 1923 - 1928

DOCD-5507 Female Blues Singers Vol 3 B/C 1923 - 1928 Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz. Informative booklet notes by David Evans Detailed discography. Volume three of this series of fourteen, concentrates on singers who made only a handful of recordings and who mostly remain biographically obscure, reveals the true diversity of the female artists of this era. Accompanists include Will Ezell, Dad Nelson, Tiny Parham and Bob Fuller. The female blues singers who made records in the 1920s and early 1930 are often simplistically characterized as "vaudeville" artists. This series of fourteen, concentrating on singers who made only a handful of recordings and who mostly remain biographically obscure, reveals the true diversity of the female artists of this era. While the vaudeville theatres and travelling tent shows were probably the main venues for most of them, some sang in cabarets and others in low-down barrelhouses. Continued...




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Female Blues Singers Vol 5 C/D/E 1921 - 1928

DOCD-5509 Female Blues Singers Vol 5 C/D/E 1921 - 1928 Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz. Informative booklet notes by David Evans Detailed discography. The singers in this volume are from the �extremely obscure� end of the scale. Ruth Coleman�s She Walked Right Up And Took My Man Away feature strong down-home vocals. Madlyn Davis, best known for her 1928 recordings with Tampa Red and Georgia Tom weighs in with some excellent tracks with a raucous jazz jam at the end of Winter Blues. Jessie Derrick was remembered by the late Jimmy Rushing as a star in Los Angeles and San Francisco. These recordings made the following year with a hot New Orleans style band certainly justify her reputation, as she sounds like a slightly more refined Bessie Smith. This compilation features some surprising talent and some excellent jazz / blues helped along by such accompanists as Sidney Bechet, Harvey Brooks and Richard M. Jones. Continued...




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Female Blues Singers Vol 6 E/F/G 1922 - 1928

DOCD-5510 Female Blues Singers Vol 6 E/F/G 1922 � 1928 Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz. Informative booklet notes by David Evans Detailed discography. This volume features a mixture of styles from the down-home vocals of Dorothy Everetts to the precise performance of Cry Baby Godfrey whose vocals are typical of vaudeville where so many Classic Blues singers tread the boards. As with all of the volumes in this series, there are some great accompanists here including Porter Granger, Eubie Blake and Bubber Miley. The female blues singers who made records in the 1920s and early 1930 are often simplistically characterized as "vaudeville" artists. This series of fourteen, concentrating on singers who made only a handful of recordings and who mostly remain biographically obscure, reveals the true diversity of the female artists of this era. Continued...




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Female Blues Singers Vol 7 G/H 1922 - 1929

DOCD-5511 Female Blues Singers Vol 7 G/H 1922 - 1929 Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz. Informative booklet notes by David Evans Detailed discography. Another cross section of mainly vaudeville style blues, this volume features, among others, two important names from blues / jazz history; Fannie May Goosby who was one of the first two blues singers to be recorded in the deep south (the other was Lucille Bogan) and W.C. Handy�s daughter Katherine Handy. There are excellent tracks from Helen Gross and Sadie Green provides the risqu� Alley Man and Don�t Wear Your Welcome Out. Accompaniment to this fascinating collection is provided by, amongst others, Clarence Williams, Eddie Heywood, Joe Robichaux, Johnny Dunn and Bob Fuller. Continued...




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Female Blues Singers Vol 8 H1 1923 - 1928

DOCD-5512 Female Blues Singers Vol 8 H1 1923 - 1928 Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz. Informative booklet notes by David Evans Detailed discography. Volume eight of this A to Z of female blues singers presents five singers from the vaudeville style of the Classic Blues era. It is possible that Sister Harris is none other than Estelle Harris, one of the stars of the Savoy Theatre in Memphis between 1910 and 1913 and one of the first black vaudeville singers to become known as a blues specialist. Clara Herring shows that she was a worthy competitor to Bessie Smith and Alma Henderson�s strong vocals are inspired by the first class accompaniments provided by Lonnie Johnson on guitar and DeLoise Searcy on piano. Continued...




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Female Blues Singers Vol 13 R/S 1921 - 1931

DOCD-5517 Female Blues Singers Vol 13 R/S 1921 � 1931 Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz. Informative booklet notes by David Evans Detailed discography. Volume 13 of this outstanding fourteen volume series features two major stars of the vaudeville era, one shadowy figure who kept popping up on records over two decades and one complete obscurity. Between them there is a heady mix of low down blues and hot jazz. Laura Rucker had a productive and eventful career. On her records she can be heard with Blind Blake and Emmet Mathews (Document DOCD-5027 and 5345), Georgia Tom (DOCD-5526), and Earl Hines. Her first recordings were with Paramount and later in 1949 she re-emerged as one of the first recording artists on Chicago�s independent Aristocrat label, later to become Chess records. Continued...




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Female Blues Singers Vol 14 S/T/U/W/Y 1929 - 1932

DOCD-5518 Female Blues Singers Vol 14 S/T/U/W/Y 1929 - 1932 Genres: Blues, Classic Blues, Female Blues, Jazz. Informative booklet notes by David Evans Detailed discography. The final volume is full of the mystery and obscurity, along with the great musical moments and surprising discoveries that we have encountered throughout the previous thirteen volumes. None of the singers presented here emerge as a definite personality in blues history; some probably appear under pseudonyms and one is lacking any name at all. Continued...




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