BDW 8066 | Merritt Brunies

The complete recordings of Merritt Brunies and His Friars Inn Orchestra, led by the New Orleans trumpeter and his brother, trombonist Henry Brunies. The compilation also includes several other rare New Orleans tracks by Johnny De Droit, Papalia & His Orchestra, Brownlee’s Orchestra of New Orleans, Scranton Sirens Orchestra, New Orleans Owls and Ellis Stratakos & His Jung Hotel Orchestra. The extensive liner notes are by noted researcher Ate van Delden.

Single, $18.00



Merritt Brunies and His Friars Inn Orchestra

Merritt Brunies (c), Henry Brunies (tb), Volly de Faut (cl, as), Clarence Piper (as, bjo), Sumner “Rip” Logan (ts), Dudley Mecum (p), Norman Van Hook (bb), Bill Paley (d).

Chicago, September 1924

1. 613-2 Up Jumped The Devil (Merritt and Henry Brunies)                                  Auto un-numbered

2. 614 Follow The Swallow (Rose-Dixon and Henderson)                                     Auto un-numbered

Chicago, November 1924

3. 661 Angry (Merritt and Henry Brunies-Cassard)                                                 Auto 610

4. 662 (I Don’t Know Why) I Weep Over You (De Faut-Clarke-Straight)               Auto 610

Chicago, May 1925

5. 793 Flag That Train (Richmond-McPhail-Rothschild)                                       Auto 624

Chicago, June 1925

6. 817 Clarinet Marmalade (Shields-Ragas)                                                           Auto 624

Merritt Brunies and His Friar’s Inn Orchestra

Bill Creger (as, cl) added. From now on, Piper plays banjo only. Lew King (v).

Chicago, November 14, 1925

7. 9491-A Sugar Foot Stomp (Oliver)                                          OKeh 40526

8. 9492-B Want A Little Lovin’ (Davis-Warren)-vLK                   OKeh 40526

9. 9493-A She’s Got ‘Em (—)                                                      OKeh test

10. 9494-A Up Jumped The Devil (—)                                       OKeh test

Maurice Friedman (p) replaces Mecum. Gordon Pouliot (vln) added where noted. Creger may play bassoon where noted.

Chicago, February 26, 1926

11. 9539-A I’m As Blue As The Blue Grass Of Kentucky (Keithley)-vLK, vlnGP                OKeh 40576

12. 9540-B When Autumn Leaves Are Falling (Coslow-Silver)-vLK, vlnGP, ?bsnBC       OKeh 40576

13. 9541-A Flamin’ Mamie (Rose-Whiteman)                           OKeh 40579

14. 9542-A Hangin’ Around (Gardner-Hamm)                         OKeh 40579

Logan plays C-Melody saxophone where noted.

Chicago, March 2, 1926

15. 9549-A Up Jumped The Devil (Brunies-Brunies-Lyons)                          OKeh 40618

16. 9551-A Masculine Women! Feminine Men! (Leslie-Monaco)-vLK, C-melSL              OKeh 40593

17. 9552-A Someone’s Stolen My Sweet, Sweet Baby (Brown-Clarke-Pinkard)-vLK, vlnGP, C-melSL             OKeh 40593

Johnny De Droit and His New Orleans Orchestra

Johnny De Droit (c) directing Ellis Stratakos (tb), Henry Raymond (cl), Rudolph Levy (as), Frank Froeba (p), George Potter (bjo), Paul De Droit (d).
New York, October 29, 1924

18. 72943-B Eccentric (—)                    OKeh test

Papalia and His Orchestra

Russ Papalia (tb) directing possibly: Henry Knecht (c), unknown (cl, as), Eddie Powers (ts), Vic Lubowski (p), Mike Holloway (bjo), George Triay (d).
New Orleans, January 23, 1925

19. 8898-A Cross-Word Mama You’re Puzzling Me (Papalia)                   OKeh 40347

20. 8899-A Sometime When You’re Alone (Ed. J. Powers)                      OKeh 40347

Brownlee’s Orchestra Of New Orleans

Sharkey Bonano (c), Tom Brown (tb), Harry Shields (cl, bar), Hal Jordy (as), Howard Martin (ts), Norman Brownlee (p), Behrman French (bjo), Alonzo Crumby (d).
New Orleans, January 23, 1925

21. 8900-A Peculiar (Shields-Brownlee-Sharkey)              OKeh 40337

22. 8901-A Dirty Rag (Shields-Brownlee-Sharkey)            OKeh 40337

Scranton Sirens Orchestra

Billy Lustig (vln) directing 2 unknown (t), Russ Morgan (tb), Alfie Evans-Sid Trucker (cl, as), Jim Crossan (ts), Itzy Riskin (p), unknown (bjo), Mike Trafficante (bb), Teg Noyes or Ray Bauduc (d).
New Orleans, c. January 24, 1925

23. 8909-A Why Should I Believe In You? (Henri Therrien-Joe Verges-Irwin Seclere)          OKeh 40297

24. 8910-B Common Street Blues (Al Cannon)                                                                        OKeh 40329

New Orleans Owls (at the Hotel Roosevelt, New Orleans)

Benjamin “Benjy” White (cl, as) directing Bill Padron (c), Lester Smith (ts), Edward “Mose” Farrar (p), Rene Gelpi (bjo), Dan LeBlanc (bb), Earl Crumb (d).
New Orleans, September 24, 1925

25. 140993-1 Oh Me! Oh My (Barr)                   Columbia 489-D

Ellis Stratakos and His Jung Hotel Orch.

John Hyman (Wiggs)-Howard Reed (c), Ellis Stratakos (tb), John Reininger-Joe Loyacano (as), Eddie Powers (ts), unknown (vln), Joe Wolfe (p), Fred Loyacano (g, v), Dave Fridge (bb), Von Gammon (d). One of the reedmen plays baritone saxophone where noted.
New Orleans, c. March 1929

26. NO-132 A Precious Little Thing Called Love (Davis-Coots)-vFL, bar         Vocalion 15792

27. NO-133 Weary River (Clarke-Silvers)-vFL                                                    Vocalion 15792