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Named after the Quality Cafe in Los Angeles, Harvey Brooks Quality Four was one of several bands formed by pianist Harvey Brooks with clarinet and sax man, Paul Howard. Here is their instrumental version of the classic American murder ballad, “Frankie and Johnny.” This song has been recorded and released both vocally and instrumentally a whopping 256 times at least, by a who’s-who of music greats from America and around the world. This was one of the first.

 

Harvey Brooks Quality Four – “Frankie And Johnny” (play/download mp3)

Blind Blake – “Hookworm Blues”

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The “King Of Ragtime Guitar,” Blind Blake makes his 6-string sing on this swinging uptempo blues rag, “Hookworm Blues,” which […]

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Dixieland Jug Blowers – “Boodle-Am Shake”

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The Dixieland Jug Blowers fused the traditional Jug Band lineup of jug, banjo, guitar and fiddle, with jazz woodwinds, brass […]

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Peg Leg Howell – “Peg Leg Stomp”

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Born on a farm in Eatonton, Georgia in March of 1888, Joshua Barnes Howell taught himself to play guitar at […]

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Bobby Leecan’s Need More Band – “Washboard Cut Out”

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Born in Philadelphia in 1897, Bobby Leecan was an influential steel string guitarist whose style embraced blues, vaudeville, jug music […]

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Bessie Smith – “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

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To say Bessie Smith was a superstar in her time is no overstatement. She had no less than fifteen chart-topping […]

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Big Bill Broonzy – “How You Want It Done”

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In his long career, Big Bill Broonzy wrote and copyrighted over 300 songs. Many were original, some were adaptations of […]

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Paddy Killoran – “Sligo Maid’s Lament”

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Sligo is a form of lively folk music which takes its name from the county and town of Sligo on […]

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Akins Birmingham Boys – “I Walked And Walked”

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This is one fine early example of amply motivated walking in song, from a group called Akins Birmingham Boys. Little […]

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The Mississippi Sheiks – “Please Baby”

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The Mississippi Sheiks from Bolton, Mississippi were a popular band in their time, and their recorded songs have been covered […]

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Ephraim Woodie & The Henpecked Husbands – “Last Gold Dollar”

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“Last Gold Dollar” is the first of several sides Ephraim Woodie and the Henpecked Husbands recorded for the Columbia label […]

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The Blue Boys (Hayes and Prater) – “Easy Winner”

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Guitarist Napoleon “Nap” Hayes and mandolinist Matthew Prater recorded this instrumental gem in Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928. “Easy […]

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Ed Meeker – “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

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Opening day of the baseball season always makes me think of Ed Meeker and his classic song ‚ÄúTake Me Out […]

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Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead – “Dad’s Gettin’ Fuzzy”

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Here’s some blistering harmonica boogie from “blues harp” masters Dutch Coleman and Red Whitehead. Expertly shaping the tone with their […]

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Asa Martin – “She Ain’t Built That Way”

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Old Time Music legend Asa Martin delivers a tongue-in-cheek tune about the perplexing ways of women. As Martin straight-faces these […]

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Tommie Bradley and James Cole – “Where You Been So Long?”

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Guitarist Tommie Bradley and fiddler James Cole recorded “Where You Been So Long?” in Richmond, Indiana. Their music, a unique […]

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Billy Murray – “When Old Bill Bailey Plays the Ukulele”

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Here’s another classic Ukulele gem from the “Under The Ukulele Moon” collection, lovingly compiled by Happy Puppy Records. Accompanied by […]

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Mississippi John Hurt – “Avalon Blues”

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“Avalon Blues” was the last song recorded by Mississippi John Hurt in the 1920’s. Named for Hurt’s hometown of Avalon, […]

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Cliff Edwards – “A Song Of Old Hawaii”

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Here’s a lovely ode to Hawaii, performed by American popular music and early radio legend Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, accompanying […]

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