Crazy Blues Centennial

Crazy Blues Centennial

It was the year 1920.  One of the more important events in the annals of popular music in the United States occurred 100 years ago this month. Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds’ recording of Perry Bradford‘s tune “Crazy Blues” became an instant hit and was the first significant recording in the blues genre. And Mamie herself was also the first African American female popular singer to lead a commercial recording. This week on Deeper Roots we celebrate with the first installment of a show featuring two hours of music including two very special guests: Gillian and Gary Atkinson, proprietors of Document Records in the UK. I had a chance to interview the two about the label and about the dawn of blues and jazz recording including the early century social impact of black artists. A very special opportunity offered for a very special time. We’ll also hear about a recent video release called Searching for Secret Heroes, a resurrection of a long lost documentary made by Sam Charters, released by Document this past April.

 

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1Artist Title Album Buy
2Mamie Smith Crazy Blues American Roots Music [Disc 2] Amazon
3Deeper Roots Pre 20th Century – Gillian Atkinson Interview Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
4James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band The Darktown Strutters' Ball James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band (Remastered) Amazon
5James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band Memphis Blues James Reese Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band (Remastered) Amazon
6Deeper Roots Crazy Blues Recording – Gary/Gillian Atkinson Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
7Deeper Roots Selling the Crazy Blues Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
8Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band Royal Garden Blues The History of Jazz :The Swing Amazon
9Mamie Smith Mamma Whip! Mamma Spank! Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 Amazon
10Edna Hicks Hard Luck Blues (Pm 12023, 1629-2) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
11Ma Rainey and Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders Honey Where You Been So Long? (Pm 12200, 1701-2) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
12Deeper Roots The Circle of Musicians – Gillian Atkinson Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
13Hall Johnson Choir St. Louis Blues When The Sun Goes Down: Walk Right In – The Secret Story Of Rock & Roll Amazon
14Jelly Roll Morton Buddy Bolden's Blues (I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say) [Album Version] The Rose & The Briar Amazon
15Deeper Roots Document Records with Gary Atkinson Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
16Lovie Austin and Her Blues Serenaders Traveling Blues (Pm 12255, 10005-2) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
17Deeper Roots Gillian and Gary Discussing Blues in the Jazz Age Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
18The Hokum Boys We Don't Sell It Here No More Georgia Tom – Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1 (September 1928 – 5 February 1930) Amazon
19Deeper Roots Early Influentials in the Circles Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
20Deeper Roots Early Influentials in the Circles Document Interview – Crazy Blues Centennial Amazon
21Bessie Smith I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl The Anthology Amazon
22Deeper Roots Searching for Secret Heroes Serendipity Crazy Blues Centennial Interviews Amazon
23Furry Lewis John Henry Searching For Secret Heroes Amazon
24JD Short – Memphis Willie B Alone In The Evening Hours Searching For Secret Heroes Amazon
25Hattie Heart Coldest Stuff in Town Searching For Secret Heroes Amazon
26Trixie Smith and her Down Home Syncopators Freight Train Blues (Pm 12211, 1767-1) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-1927) Amazon
27Sippie Wallace With Clarence Williams' Blue Five Baby I Can't Use You No More The Complete Clarence Williams Sessions, Vol. 2 – 1923-1925 Amazon
28Sara Martin/Fats Waller Tain't Nobody's Bus'ness If I Do The Compete Recorded Works Vol. 1, [Disc 1] Amazon
29Lizzie Miles Electrician Blues Rude Dudes Amazon
30Victoria Spivey and Her Hallelujah Boys Black Snake Swing The Victoria Spivey Collection 1926-1937 Amazon
31Ida Cox I've Got The Blues For Rampart Street Black Swan Sampler Amazon
32Mamie Smith You Can't Keep A Good Man Down Mamie Smith Vol. 1 (1920-1921) Amazon

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