Sunday, July 15, 2018
The Martin Brothers (Frank Welling & John McGhee) / Paramount 3217
Whistling Rufus / Climbing Up Dem Golden Stairs
recorded October 1929 in New York City, New York
Here is one of those `mystery` records. Why was this not issued under the name Welling & McGhee? They were quite popular recording artists in the late 1920`s. I`m just guessing, but it surely would have sold more under their real names. Whistling Rufus was a common fiddle instrumental. It was an old pop `coon` song from vaudeville performances. The real name of the song was Rufus Blossom and had words, and is sang here on this disc. We also get some good jew`s harp playing. Climbing Up Dem Golden Stairs is what I`d call a `white spiritual`, a song written to sound like an earlier spiritual type song, although maybe the song is an older song than I suspect. CAUTION ---- both sides contain words that we now consider very offensive racially! So, PLEASE, if you are offended by that sort of stuff, please don`t download this. At any rate - happy listening as these are some interesting sides if you are a fan of old time music.
Click here to download The Martin Brothers - Paramount 3217
Here is a nice Hawaiian 78 I found while back in near mint condition. Sorry I don`t have the usual information for this that I usually post for country 78`s. This is an `acoustic` (pre-microphone) recording, so the sound will be a bit hollow. I think this was likely recorded in 1923 or 1924 by Frank Ferera, who recorded literally hundreds of Hawaiian sides for many labels. Enjoy!
Click here to download Ferera-Franchini & Green - Aeolian Vocalion 14170
Here is another nice Phipps Family LP for downloading enjoyment! One kind of odd thing to catch your eye is the spelling of quartet on the LP cover, spelled quartette. On early 78`s from about 1924 or 1925 and earlier it was spelled quartette almost always, then labels dropped the ending t and e for some reason. I had just sort of wondered why that is.
Click here to download The Phipps Family - The Phipps Family Quartette Sings`em Mountain Style
Here is the next disc for all you rabid Bill Ring fans. Thanks for the patience waiting for posts.
Track list for show #65---
1. Caribbean - Bill Ring
2. B. Bowman`s Hop - Doc Martin
3. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Slim Wilson And The Tall Timber Trio
4. I Love You Because - Bill Ring
5. Cryin` Steel Guitar Waltz - Speedy Haworth
6. Waiting For Ships That Never Come In - Bill Ring
Track list for show #66---
1. Hot Diggity Dog - Bill Ring
2. Stainless Steel - Speedy Haworth
3. I`m Gonna Love You One More Time - Sally Briggs
4. Wrong I`ll Always Be - Bill Ring
5. Oklahoma Stomp - Doc Martin
6. It Is No Secret - Bill Ring and Sally Briggs
Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #65-66