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Rhythm & Blues Beginnings: 20’s, 30’s and 40’s (a few 50’s) – A thru K Musicians on 78 RPM

These are the R&B pioneers, born toward the first part of the 20th century for the most part.  For the most part these are recordings which were released prior to the advent of the R&B music charts with a few exceptions.  Earliest recording displayed when possible.

Jo Jo Adams with Maxwell Davis & His Band – Aladdin – 1946

Texas Alexander – OKeh – 1928

Albert Ammons – Decca – 1936

Kokomo Arnold – Decca – 1934

De Ford Bailey – Vocalion – 1927

Barbecue Bob – Columbia – 1927

John Henry Barbee – Vocalion – 1938

Dave Bartholomew – Jax – 1949

Buster Bennett Trio – Columbia – 1945

Gladys Bentley – Excelsior – 1946

Big Maceo – Bluebird – 1941

(Maceo Merriweather)

Big Mabel – King – 1948

(Mabel Smith)

The Big Three Trio – Bullet – 1947

(With Willie Dixon)

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Black Ace – Decca – 1937

(B.K. Turner)

Black Boy Shine – Vocalion – 1937

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Francis Scrapper Blackwell – Vocalion – 1928

Blind Blake – Paramount – 1926

Lucile Bogan – OKeh – 1923

Fannie Mae Goosby – OKeh – 1923

Eddie Boyd – RCA Victor – 1946

Tiny Bradshaw – Regis – 1944

Big Bill Broonzy – Oriole – 1935

The Charles Brown Trio – Aladdin – 1948

Clarence Gatemouth Brown – Aladdin – 1947

Gabriel Brown – Gennett – 1944

Lee Brown – Decca – 1938

Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown – Victor – 1927

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Walter Brown with the Tiny Grimes Sextet – Signature – 1947

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Willie Bryant with The Tab Smith Sextette – Apollo – 1945

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Bull City Red – Perfect – 1936

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Bumble Bee Slim – Vocalion – 1932

Teddy Bunn – Gilt-Edge – 1946

Dan Burley & His Skiffle Boys – Exclusive – 1949

Joe Callicott – Brunswick – 1930

Carolina Slim – Acorn – 1950

(Edward Paul Harris)

Leroy Carr – Vocalion – 1928

Goree Carter & His Hepcats – Freedom – 1949

(Goree Chester Carter)

Clifton Chenier – Specialty – 1955

Dr. Clayton – V Disc – 1943

(Peter Joe Clayton)

Jaybird Coleman – Gennett – 1927

(Burl C. Coleman)

Sam Collins – Gennett – 1928

Known as “Salty Dog Sam” and Jim Foster

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Martha Copeland – Victor – 1927

Cousin Joe – Savoy – 1946

(Joe Pleasant)

Pee Wee Crayton – Modern – 1948

(Connie Curtis Crayton)

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Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Victor – 1941

Pat Cupp & The Flying Saucers – RPM – 1956

Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah – Bluebird – 1935

(Johnny and Sarah Watson)

Teddy Darby – Paramount – 1925

Cow Cow Davenport – Decca – 1938

(Charles Edward Davenport)

Blind Johnny Davis – MGM – 1951

Martha Davis – Jewel – 1948

Little Sam (Sammy) Davis – Rockin’ – 1953

Walter Davis – Bluebird – 1935

Mary Dixon – Columbia – 1929

The Floyd Dixon Trio – Modern – 1949

Willie Dixon – Checker – 1955

Georgia Tom Dorsey – Paramount – 1925

(Thomas A. Dorsey)

The K.C. Douglas Trio – Down Town – 1948

Shy Guy Douglas – MGM – 1940

(Thomas Douglas)

Driftin’ Slim (no 78’s)

(Elmon Burke)

Scott Dunbar – (no 78’s)

Champion Jack Dupree – OKeh- 1941

Frank Edwards (no 78’s)

Sleepy John Estes – Decca – 1938

(John Adam Estes)

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Will Ezell – Signature – 1944

(William Ezell)

The Famous Hokum Boys – Jewell – 1930

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Canray Fontenot (no 78’s)

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