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“Last Gold Dollar” is the first of several sides Ephraim Woodie and the Henpecked Husbands recorded for the Columbia label in 1929. Led by Ephraim Woodie’s affecting vocal, this North Carolina group featured Clay Reed on fiddle and multi-instrumentalist Edison Nuckolls on banjo. Original pressings of their records are rare and highly sought-after by collectors, and we are lucky to have this nice clean digital copy to share and enjoy. This song is about as sincere and uncomplicated as any love song ever could be.

Ephraim Woodie & The Henpecked Husbands – “Last Gold Dollar” (play/download mp3)

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 “Take 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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Al Dollar & His 10 Cent Band w/ Billy Murray – “Popeye the Sailor Man”

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After his debut appearance in a comic strip by E. C. Segar, Popeye the Sailor became a beloved star of: […]

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Big Joe Williams – “Stack O’ Dollars”

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Mississippi blues legend Big Joe Williams testifies on the real value of a Stack O’ Dollars, on this astonishing early […]

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The Dixon Brothers – “Intoxicated Rat”

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South Carolina brothers Dorsey and Howard Dixon worked for many years in Carolina textile mills, and some of their original […]

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Cripple Clarence Lofton – “Monkey Man Blues”

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Born Albert Clemens in Kingsport, Tennessee in March of 1887, Cripple Clarence Lofton was a key figure in the Chicago […]

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Son House – “My Black Mama (Part 1)”

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The lyrics and music that Son House put down in the 1920′s and early 30′s left an indelible mark on […]

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Taylor’s Kentucky Boys – “Forked Deer”

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Country blues fiddle pioneer Jim Booker recorded with Taylor’s Kentucky Boys, as well as his own Booker Orchestra. This track […]

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The Charleston 7 – “Toodles”

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This great performance of the instrumental Roaring 20′s romp, “Toodles,” by Edison Recording Artist, the Charleston 7, stands the test […]

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Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds – “Crazy Blues”

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How crazy is crazy blues? Well, has you ever been in love? If you has, then you knows! If you […]

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Annette Hanshaw – “Ain’t He Sweet”

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Annette Hanshaw’s sincere and unaffected vocal style was a natural fit for the jazz-influenced pop music which emerged in the […]

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Kokomo Arnold – “Sissy Man Blues”

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Kokomo Arnold’s left-handed slide guitar playing and vocals, delivered with the same intensity and conviction as a sermon from a […]

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