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Recorded in California, this compilation includes the historic 1922 recordings by Kid Ory, as well as the complete recordings of Harvey Brooks’ Quality Four and Reb Spikes. Remastering is by John R.T. Davies, and extensive liner notes are by Russ Shor and John Wilby.

 

Roberta Dudley

 

Roberta Dudley (v) accompanied by Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra: Mutt Carey (c), Kid Ory (tb), Dink Johnson (cl), Fred Washington (p), Ed Garland (sb), Ben Borders (d).

 

Los Angeles, April 1922

 

1.     Krooked Blues (Spikes Bros. and Dink Johnson)                Sunshine 3001-A

2.     When You’re Alone Blues (Spikes Bros.)                Sunshine 3001-B

 

 

Ruth Lee And Ory’s Sunshinne (sic) Orchestra

 

Ruth Lee (v) acc by : Mutt Carey (c), Kid Ory (tb), Dink Johnson (cl), Fred Washington (p), Ed Garland (sb), Ben Borders (d).

 

Los Angeles, April 1922

 

3.     Maybe Some Day (Spikes Bros.)                Sunshine 3002-A

4.     That Sweet Something Dear (Spikes Bros.)                Sunshine 3002-B

 

 

Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra

 

Mutt Carey (c) Kid Ory (tb), Dink Johnson (cl), Fred Washington (as), (p), Ed Garland (sb), Ben Borders.

 

Los Angeles, late May 1922

 

5.     Ory’s Creole Trombone (Ory)                Sunshine 3003-A

6.     Society Blues (Spikes Bros.)                Sunshine 3003-B

 

 

Harvey Brooks’ Quality Four

 

Leon Herriford (cl,as), Paul Howard (cl,ts), Harvey Brooks (p), Henry "Tincan" Allen (d,k), Jesse Derrick (v). The vocal on Down On The Farm is by the band.

 

Hollywood, c. February 1924

 

7.     40        Mistreating Daddy (Grainger-Ricketts)-vJD                                       Hollywood 1008

8.     42        Frankie and Johnny Blues (Leighton-Shields)                                        Hollywood 1008

9.     44        Who Will Get It (Warfield)-vJD                                       Hollywood 1022

10.     133        If You’ll Come Back (Erlich-Layton)-vJD                                       Hollywood 1021

11.     135        Nobody’s Sweetheart (Kahn-Erdman-Meyers-Schoebel)                                        Hollywood 1021

12.     137        Down On The Farm (Dale-Parrott-Adams-vBand                                       Hollywood 1022

 

 

Unknown Band

 

Unknown (t), (tb), 2 or 3 (reeds), (p), (bb), (d).

 

Hollywood, c. late 1924

 

13.     247        No One Knows What It’s All About (--)                                        probably Hollywood test

14.     248        DMean Blues (--)                                        probably Hollywood test

 

 

Reb’s Legion Club 45s

 

Possibly: Andrew Blakeney-Russell Massingale or George Orendorff (t), Leon White or Edgar Williams (tb), Les Hite (cl,as), Sid LeProtti or Adam “Slocum” Mitchell or William Calhoun(reeds), Benjamin “Reb” Spikes (bsx), Eugene Wright (p) Bill Perkins (bjo,g), Max Shaw (bb), Lionel Hampton (d). Two band members speak on Sheffield Blues.

 

Hollywood, c. November 1924

 

15.             Steppin’ High (J.C. & B.F. Spikes)                                        Hollywood un-numbered

16.             Sheffield Blues (Hite & Wright)-sp                                       Hollywood un-numbered

 

 

Reb Spikes Majors and Minors

 

George Bryant-Addison O’Neill (t), William B. Woodman, Sr.-Eddie Morgan (tb), Adam “Slocum” Mitchell-Benjamin “Reb” Spikes and another (reeds), possibly Fritz Webster (or Weston) (vln,p), ? Gordon (p), ? Bruce-William Robinson (bjo), George Morgan (bb), Lawrence (or George) Craig (d).

 

Los Angeles, October 15, 1927

 

17.     144765-3        My Mammy’s Blues (Spikes Bros.)                                        Columbia 1193-D

18.     144766-2        Fight That Thing (Spikes Bros.)                                        Columbia 1193-D

 

 

Dick Lucke and His Arcadians

 

Probably: Joe Farren-Charles “Ducky” Yontz (t), Max Williams (tb), Jimmy Kirkwood (as), Walt Lucke (as), Waldo Sundsmo (ts), “Shady” Lane (bjo), Don Combs (bb), Jimmy Jackson (d).

 

Hollywood, 1925

 

19.             Suite 16 (---)                                        Hollywood un-numbered

 

 

Freddie Carter and His Orchestra

 

Unidentified (t), (tb), 3 (reeds), (p), (bjo), (bb), Billy Markas (d). In addition to Freddy Carter himself, the orchestra is known to have included Ned Schwinkard, George Lander, Paul Frey, Elliott Bowman, Glenn Fultz, Herschel Ratcliffe and Elwood Reeves. Aside from Markas, the instruments they played are not known.

 

Hollywood, c. 1926

 

20.     2073        Eccentric (Robinson)                                        California B-2076

 

 

Lake Arrowhead Orchestra

 

Unidentified (t), 3 (reeds), (p), (bjo), (d).

 

Los Angeles, c. July, 1925

 

21.     734        Everything Is Hotsy-Totsy Now (---)                                        California B-2076

Los Angeles, c. 1926

22.             Deep Henderson (Fred Rose)                                        Hollywood 711

 

 

Alternative Takes:

Harvey Brooks’ Quality Four

 

Leon Herriford (cl,as), Paul Howard (cl,ts), Harvey Brooks (p), Henry “Tincan” Allen (d,k), Jessie Derrick (v). The vocal on Down On The Farm is by the band.

 

Hollywood, c. February 1924

 

23.     41        Mistreating Daddy (Grainger-Ricketts)-vJD                                        Hollywood 1008

24.     43        Frankie and Johnny Blues (Leighton-Shields)                                        Hollywood 1008

25.     134        If You’ll Come Back (Erlich-Layton)-vJD                                        Hollywood 1021

26.     139        Down On The Farm (Dale-Parrott-Adams-Harrison)-vBand                                        Hollywood 1022