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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

(Alabama)

Woodrow Adams – Checker – 1952

(Woodrow Wilson Adams – Tchula, Mississippi)

Texas Alexander – OKeh – 1928

(Houston, Texas – the cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins)

Albert Ammons – Decca – 1936

(Albert C. Ammons – Chicago, Illinois – with “The Rhythm Kings” and the “Harlem Jazzmen”)

Pink Anderson – Columbia – 1928

(Pinkney Anderson, Laurens, South Carolina)

Ed Andrews – OKeh – 1924

(Atlanta, Georgia)

Archibald – Imperial – 1950

(John Leon T. Gross – New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Billy Boy Arnold – Cool – 1953

(William Arnold – Chicago, Illinois – was in group “Chicago Blues A Living History”)

Kokomo Arnold – Decca – 1934

(James Arnold – Lovejoy’s Station, Georgia – alias: “Gitfiddle Jim”)

Wilbert Atwater (no known 78’s)

(Orange County, North Carolina)

W I L B E R T   A T W A T E R; source: Back cover of Rounder LP 2016

Charles Avery – Vocalion – 1929 (Piano Player for Lil Johnson)

(Charles Anderson Avery – Brighton, Alabama)

De Ford Bailey – Vocalion – 1927

(Rock City, Tennessee)

D E F O R D   B A I L E Y   mid 1970s; source: Dieter Moll: Das Buch des Blues, p. 87; photographer: David Morton

Kid Bailey – Brunswick – 1929

(Mississippi)

Willie Baker – Gennett – 1929

(Also known as “Steamboat Bill” and “Willie Jones”)

Barbecue Bob – Columbia – 1927

(Robert Hicks – Walnut Grove, Georgia – with the “Georgia Cotton Pickers”)

John Henry Barbee – Vocalion – 1938

(William George Tucker – Henning, Tennessee)

J O H N   H E N R Y   B A R B E E; source: Back cover of Amiga 856281

Raymond Barrow – Paramount – 1929

(LaFayette, Alabama)

Dave Bartholomew – Jax – 1949

(Davis Bartholomew – Edgard, Louisiana – Alias: Dave Barton – long time partner – composer with Fats Domino)

Andrew & Jim Baxter – Victor -1927

(Brothers from Calhoun, Georgia)

A N D R E W   &   J I M   B A X T E R; source:

Lottie Beaman – Paramount – 1924

(Known as the “Kansas City Butterball” – “Lottie Brown” – “Mae Moran” and more – Jonesboro, Arkansas)

L O T T I E   B E A M A N / K I M B R O U G H; source: Front cover of Wolf WSE 114

Nathan Beauregard – (no known 78’s)

(Also known as Nathan Bogard – Benton County, Mississippi)

Earl Bell – (no known 78’s)

(Hernando, Mississippi)

Ed Bell – Paramount – 1927

(Known as “Barefoot Bill” and “Slewfoot Joe” – Fort Deposit, Alabama)

E D   B E L L; source: front cover of Mamlish LP S-3811

D.C. Bender – Gold Star – 1949

(Dick C. Bendy – Urbana, Texas)

D.C.   B E N D E R; source: Front cover of Sunnyland KS 102

Buster Bennett Trio – Columbia – 1945

(James Joseph Bennett – Pensacola, Florida – with “The Chicago Five”, “The Memphis Five”)

Will Bennett – Vocalion – 1929

(Calhoun, Georgia)

Gladys Bentley – Excelsior – 1946

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – with “The Washboard Serenaders”

Brooks Berry & Scrapper Blackwell (no known 78’s)

(Sturgis, Kentucky)

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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Birmingham Jones – (no known 78’s)

(Wright Birmingham – known as “Birmingham Junior” – Saginaw, Michigan)

B I R M I N H A M   J O N E S; source: Harris 1987, p. 291 ('Courtesy Record Research Archives')

Billy Bizor – (no known 78’s)

(Centerville, Texas – also known as “Curley Lee”)

Black Ace – Decca – 1937

(B.K. Turner)

Louis Black – Columbia – 1927

Black Boy Shine – Vocalion – 1937

(Harold Holiday – Texas)

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Francis Scrapper Blackwell – Vocalion – 1928

(Francis Hillman Blackwell – Syracuse, North Carolina – with “Pinewood Tom and His Blues Hounds” and “Robinson’s Knights of Rest”)

Willie Blackwell – Bluebird – 1941

(LaGrange, Tennessee)

Arthur Blind Blake – Paramount – 1926

(Arthur Phelps – South Newport, Virginia)

Country Jim Bledsoe – Pacemaker – 1949

(James Bledsoe – Shreveport, Louisiana)

Blue Smitty – Chess – 1952

(Claude Smith – Marietta, Arkansas – fronted “The String Men”)

Lucile Bogan – OKeh – 1923

(Lucille Bogan Anderson – Amory, Mississippi – Alias: “Bessie Jackson” and “Molly Ragg”)

Juke Boy Bonner – Irma – 1957

(Weldon H. Philip Bonner – Bellville, Texas)

Charley Booker – RPM – 1952

C H A R L E Y   B O O K E R; source: Wardlow 1973, p. 12; click to enlarge!

Eddie Boyd – RCA Victor – 1946

(Edward Riley Boyd – Clarksdale, Mississippi – fronted “The Blues Band”, “The Boogie Band”)

Little Boyd – (no known 78’s)

(Louis Boyd – Carthage, Mississippi – fronted “The Blue Bees”)

Ishman Bracey – Victor – 1928

(Byram, Mississippi – with “The New Orleans Nehi Boys”)

Tiny Bradshaw – Regis – 1944

(Myron Carlton Bradshaw – Youngstown, Ohio – fronted his own bands)

Jim Brewer – (no known 78’s)

(Also “Blind Jim” – Brookhaven, Mississippi)

Grace and John Brim – Fortune – 1950

(Grace Millard – Briscoe, Arkansas & John Brim – Hopkinsville, Kentucky)

Grace Brim on Discogs

Big Bill Broonzy – Oriole – 1935

(WilliamLee Conley Broonzy Bradley – Scott County, Mississippi – alias: “Big Bill Johnson”, “Little Sam Natchez” and “Sammy Sampson”- with “The Hot Four”, “the Jug Busters”, “The Memphis Five”, “The Fat Four” and more)

Buster Brown – Fire – 1959

(Cordele, Georgia)

The Charles Brown Trio – Aladdin – 1948

(Charles Mose Brown – Texas City, Texas – with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers and the New York Rock and Roll Revue)

Clarence Gatemouth Brown – Aladdin – 1947

(Clarence Brown, Jr. – Vinton, Louisiana – Fronted many groups of his own)

Elijah Brown – (no known 78’s)

(Macon, Mississippi)

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Gabriel Brown – Gennett – 1944

(Orlando, Florida – was also a stage actor)

Henry Brown – Paramount – 1929

(Troy, Tennessee)

Lee Brown – Decca – 1938

(Arkansas – with “The Barbertown Boogie Cats” – alias: Lee “Georgie Boy” Brown with his Boogie Band)

Reverend Pearly Brown – (no known 78’s)

(Abbeville, Georgia – also known as Blind Pearly Brown)

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Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown – Victor – 1927

(New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Walter Brown with the Tiny Grimes Sextet – Signature – 1947

(Walter Earl Brown – Dallas, Texas – played with Jay McShann)

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Willie Brown – Paramount – 1930

(Willie Lee Brown – Clarksdale, Mississippi)

Willie Bryant with The Tab Smith Sextette – Apollo – 1945

(William Steven Bryant – New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Bull City Red – Perfect – 1936

(George Washington – North Carolina – played with Blind Boy Fuller – alias: “Oh Red”)

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Bumble Bee Slim – Vocalion – 1932

(Amos Easton – Brunswick, Georgia – with “The Three Sharks” – alias: Shelley Armstrong)

Samantha Bumgarner – Columbia – 1924

(Sarah Samantha Biddox – Tennessee)

S A M A N T H A   B U M G A R N E R

Teddy Bunn – Gilt-Edge – 1946

(Theodore Leroy Bunn – Freeport, New York – with the “Hot Lips Page Trio” – “The Chicago Boys” – “The Harlem Jazzmen” and many more)

Dan Burley & His Skiffle Boys – Exclusive – 1949

(Played with Lionel Hampton and recorded other bluesmen)

Ranie Burnette – (no known 78’s)

(Pleasant Grove, Mississippi)

Eddie & Jimmy Burns – Palda – 1949

(Eddie from Belzoni, Mississippi – Jimmy from Dublin, Mississippi)

R. L. Burnside – (no known 78’s)

(Robert Lee Burnside – Blackwater Creek, Mississippi)

J.C. Burris – (no known 78’s)

(Johnny Charles Burris – Kings Mountain, North Carolina)

James Butler- Jaxyson – 1948

(Recorded as “Black Diamond)

Joe Callicott – Brunswick – 1930

(Nesbit, Mississippi)

Bob  Campbell – Vocalion – 1934

Gus Cannon & the Jug Stompers – Paramount – 1927

(Red Banks, Mississippi – known as “Banjo Joe” – fronted the “Gus Cannon Skiffle Group”)

Carolina Slim – Acorn – 1950

(Edward Paul Harris)

Leroy Carr – Vocalion – 1928

(Nashville, Tennessee – was with “Pinewood Tom and His Blues Hounds”

Bo Carter – Brunswick – 1928

(Armenter Chatmon – Bolton, Mississippi – with “Mississippi Hot Footers”, “The Jackson Blue Boys”, “The Mississippi Black Snakes” and the “Mississippi Sheiks”)

George Carter – Paramount – 1929

(Georgia)

Goree Carter & His Hepcats – Freedom – 1949

(Goree Chester Carter)

The Cedar Creek Sheik – Bluebird – 1936

(Philip McCutchen – Suttons, South Carolina)

Clifton Chenier – Specialty – 1955

(Opelousas, Louisiana – fronted the “Red Hot Louisiana Band”)

Dr. Clayton – V Disc – 1943

(Peter Joe Clayton – Georgia)

Big Boy Cleveland – Gennett – 1927

Bob Walter Cole – Vocalion- 1928

(Recorded as Kid Cole)

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Jaybird Coleman – Gennett – 1927

(Burl C. Coleman – Gainesville, Alabama)

Lonnie Coleman – Columbia – 1929

(Atlanta, Georgia)

Sam Collins – Gennett – 1928

(Known as “Salty Dog Sam” and Jim Foster)

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Martha Copeland – Victor – 1927

(Martha came out of the Vaudeville scene)

Floyd Council – Melotone – 1937

(Chapel Hill, North Carolina – also known as “Dipper Boy” and “Blind Boy Fuller’s Buddy”

Cousin Joe – Savoy – 1946

(Joe Pleasant)

Pee Wee Crayton – Modern – 1948

(Connie Curtis Crayton)

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Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Victor – 1941

(Arthur William Crudup – Forest, Mississippi – Alias: “Elmer James”, “Percy Lee Crudup” composed the Presley hit “That’s Allright”)

Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah – Bluebird – 1935

(Johnny and Sarah Watson)

Larry Dale – Jackson – 1952

(Ennis Lowery – Wharton, Texas)

Leroy Dallas – Sittin’ In With – 1948

(Mobile, Alabama – also known as Leroy “Country” Dallas)

Julius Daniels – Victor – 1927

(Denmark, South Carolina)

“Blind” Teddy Darby – Paramount – 1925

(Henderson, Kentucky – Alias “Blind Squire Turner”)

B L I N D   T E D D Y   D A R B Y;

Cow Cow Davenport – Decca – 1938

(Charles Edward Davenport)

Reverend Gary Davis – Perfect – 1935

(Laurens, South Carolina – alias “Blind Gary Davis”)

“Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis – (no known 78’s)

(Charles Thompson – Tippo, Mississippi – alias: “Jewtown Jimmy”)

“Blind” Johnny Davis – MGM – 1951

(John Henry Davis – Hattiesburg, Mississippi – with “Big Bill and the Memphis Five”, and “Jazz Gillum and His Jazz Boys”)

Martha Davis – Jewel – 1948

(She fronted the “Torrid Trio” and also “The Esquires”)

Little Sam (Sammy) Davis – Rockin’ – 1953

(Winona, Mississippi)

Walter Davis – Bluebird – 1935

(Grenada, Mississippi)

Joe Dean – Vocalion – 1930

(St. Louis, Missouri – alias: Tommy Dean, Joseph Hensky Dean)

Mattie B. Delaney – Vocalion – 1930

(Goodman, Mississippi)

William “Do Boy” Diamond – (no known 78’s)

(Canton, Mississippi)

W I L L I A M   'D O - B O Y'   D I A M O N D; source: Back cover of Revival RVS 1009

Mary Dixon – Columbia – 1929

(Texas)

The Floyd Dixon Trio – Modern – 1949

(Jay Riggins, Jr. – Marshall, Texas – fronted his own bands)

Tom Dixon – OKeh – 1928

(Oxford, Mississippi)

Willie Dixon – Checker – 1955

(William James Dixon – Vicksburg, Mississippi – Alias: Ann Ducontee – in the “Bay City Blues”, “Chicago Blues All Stars”, “Four Jumps of Jive”, the “Three Breezes” and many more)

Joseph Doctor – (no known 78’s)

(Joseph ‘Washboard Doc’ Doctor – Johns Island, South Carolina)

Georgia Tom Dorsey – Paramount – 1925

(Thomas A. Dorsey)

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

(Sharon, Mississippi – fronted his own band)

Shy Guy Douglas – MGM – 1940

(Thomas Douglas)

Driftin’ Slim (no known 78’s)

(Elmon Burke)

Scott Dunbar – (no known 78’s)

(Deer Park Plantation, Mississippi)

Champion Jack Dupree – OKeh- 1941

(William Thomas Dupree – New Orleans, Louisiana – with the “Mystic Six” – fronted many of his own groups)

Snooks Eaglin – Wonder – 1953

(New Orleans, Louisiana – alias: “The Human Jukebox” – with “The New Orleans Project” and “The Wild Magnolias”)

Arch Edwards – (no known 78’s)

(Union Hall, Virginia)

David “Honeyboy” Edwards – Artist – 1950

(Shaw, Mississippi – Alias: “Mr. Honey”)

Frank Edwards – Okeh – 1941

(Washington, Georgia)

Sleepy John Estes – Decca – 1938

(John Adam Estes – Ripley, Tennessee – with “Noah Lewis’s Jug Band”, and the “Tennessee Jug Busters”)

Will Ezell – Signature – 1944

(William Ezell – Brenham, Washington)

Harmonica Frank Floyd – Chess – 1951

(Pontoctoc, Mississippi – worked in carnivals and was a reported ‘hobo’ for three decades)

Canray Fontenot – (no known 78’s)

(Most likely born in Louisiana – played with the “Adroin Brothers Orchestra”0

T-Model Ford – (no known 78’s)

(James Lewis Carter Ford – Forest, Mississippi)

Forest City Joe – Artistocrat – 1949

(Joe Bennie Pugh – Hughes, Arkansas)

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“Baby Face” Leroy Foster – Chicago – 1945

(Algonma, Mississippi – fronted his own trio)

Little Willie Foster – Blue Lake – 1955

(Dublin, Mississippi)

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T.J. Fowler – National – 1949

(Columbus, Georgia)

Carol Fran – Excello – 1957

(Carol Martin – Lafayette, Louisiana)

“Guitar” Pete Franklin – RCA Victor – 1949

(Edward Lamonte Franklin – Indianapolis, Indiana)

G U I T A R   P E T E   F R A N K L I N; Source: Front cover of Ace CH 247 (UK 1988)

Calvin Frazier – Alben – 1949

(Osceola, Arkansas – in “The Frazier Family” and “The All Stars”

Freezone – Paramount – 1929

(Unknown by name or birth place – Native American blues singer)

Blind Boy Fuller – Conqueror – 1935

(Fulton Allen – Wadesboro, North Carolina)

Jesse Fuller – (no known 78’s)

(Known as “The Lone Cat” – Jonesboro, Georgia)

Johnny Fuller – Aladdin – 1955

(Mississsippi – fronted the “Johnny Fuller Band”)

Preston Fulp (no known 78’s)

(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

LOWELL FULSON – SWING TIME – 1950

(Atoka, Oklahoma – fronted several groups with his name as lead – Alias: “Tulsa Red”)

Bob Gaddy – Old Town – 1958

(West Virginia – Was with “The Alley Cats”, “The Keys”, Brownie McGhee and His Jook Block Busters”)

Bill Gaither – Decca – 1939

(William Arthur Gaither – Bellmont, Kentucky )

Cecil Gant – Gilt-Edge – 1944

(Nashville, Tennessee – fronted “The Cecil Gant Orchestra” and “The Cecil Gant Trio”)

Clarence Garlow – Macy’s – 1950

(Clarence Joseph Garlow – Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana – with the “Clarence Bon Ton Orchestra”)

Sam Gary – Columbia – 1940

(Samuel Gary, Jr., – Florida – Recorded with Joshua White and others – known as “Gary”)

Clifford Gibson – Victor – 1929

(Clifford “Grandpappy” Gibson – Louisville, Kentucky)

Gus Gibson – (no known 78’s)

(Dolphus ‘Gus’ Gibson – Fort Valley, Georgia)

G U S   G I B S O N   August 1974; source: Blues Unlimited 111 (1975), p. 12; photographer: Pete Lowry

Lacy Gibson (no known 78’s)

(Salisbury, North Carolina)

Jazz Gillum – Bluebird – 1936

(William McKinley Gillum – Indianola, Mississippi – alias Bill McKinney – with “The Jazz Boys” and the “State Street Boys”)

Boyd Gilmore – Modern – 1952

(Inverness, Mississippi)

Lloyd Glenn – Swing Time – 1951

(Lloyd Colquit Glenn – San Antonio, Texas – played with many bands and combos)

Lillian Glinn – Columbia – 1928

(Dallas, Texas – started off in Vaudeville)

Mae Glover – Champion – 1929

(Also known as “Sister Jones”)

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Goldrush – Jaxyson – 1948

(Name and origin unknown)

Fannie Mae Goosby – OKeh – 1923

(She was a Vaudeville singer – not known where she was born)

Jimmie Gordon – Decca – 1934

(James Gordon – birth town unknown – also known as the “Georgia Pine Boy”, “Joey McCoy” and the “Mississippi Mudder” – in groups “Bumble Bee Slim and His Rhythm Riffers” and the “Vip Vop Band”)

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ROSCOE GORDON – RPM – 1952

(Memphis, Tennessee – was with “The Red Tops” and the “Beale Streeters”)

Jack Gowdlock – (no known 78’s)

(Cannon Gowdlock – Union, South Carolina)

John Lee Granderson (no known 78’s)

(Ellendale, Tennessee – played with Sonny Boy Williamson – was a member of the “Chicago String Band”)

Coot Grant and Wesley Wilson- Paramount – 1926

(Leola B. Pettigrew – Birmingham, Alabama – in groups “Grant & Wilson” and “Hunter and Jenkins” – Wesley born in Jacksonville, Florida – also known as “Pigmeat Pete” and “Socks Wilson”)

Blind Roosevelt Graves – Paramount – 1929

(Was with the “Mississippi Jook Band” and with “Roosevelt Graves and Brothers)

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Blind Arvella Gray (no known 78’s)

(Somerville, Texas)

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Henry Gray – (no known 78’s)

(Kenner, Louisiana – with the “Bayou Buddies” and the “Mighty House Rockers”)

Lee Green – Vocalion – 1929

(Vicksburg, Mississippi)

Lil Green – Bluebird – 1941

(Lillian Green – Mississippi – fronted her own orchestra)

Norman Green – Courtney – 1948

(Norman G. Green – Bryan, Texas – Alias: Guitar Slim Green)

G U I T A R   S L I M   G R E E N; source: Front cover of Kent KST-459

Lil Greenwood – Specialty – 1952

(Lillian Belle George)

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Grey Ghost – (no known 78’s)

(Roosevelt Thomas Williams – Bastrop, Texas)

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Shirley Griffith – (no known 78’s)

(Brandon, Mississippi)

Tommy Griffin – Bluebird – 1937

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The Griffin Brothers – Dot – 1950

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Felix Gross – Savoy – 1949

(Fronted his own orchestra and a sextet)

Lum Guffin – (no known 78’s)

(Columbus Griffin Jr. – Bartlett, Tennessee)

Guitar Gabriel – (no known 78’s)

(Robert Lewis Jones – Atlanta, Georgia – known as “Nyles Jones”)

Guitar Nubbit – (No known 78’s)

(Alvin Hankerson – Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Guitar Shorty – (no known 78’s)

(David William Kearney – Houston, Texas)

Guitar Slim (Jones) – Imperial – 1951

(Edward H. Jones – Greenwood, Mississippi – fronted his own band)

Buddy Guy – Chess – 1960

(George Guy – Lettsworth, Louisiana – Alias “Friendly Chap”)

Phil Guy – (No known 78’s)

(Phillip Guy – played with many noted musicians including Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins and more – was with “The Spark Plugs” and “The Buddy Guy Blues Band”

Juanita Hall – Columbia – 1949

(Played the original “Bloody Mary” in Broadway’s “South Pacific” – born in Keyport, New Jersey)

Hosea Hargrove – (no known 78’s)

(Crafts Prairie, Texas)

The Harlem Hamfats – Decca – 1936

(Jazz band out of Chicago, Illinois – Charlie McCoy was a member

Harmonica Fats (no known 8’s)

(Harvey Blackston – McDade, Louisiana)

Harmonica Slim – Vita – 1956

(Travis L. Blaylock – Douglasville, Texas)

Richard “Hacksaw” Harney  (no known 78’s available)

(Money, Mississippi)

R I C H A R D   'H A C K S A W'   H A R N E Y; source: Sing Out! vol. 23 # 4 (1974), p. 1; photographer: David Gahr

Peppermint Harris – Sittin In With – 1959

(Harrison D. Nelson, Jr. – Texarkana, Texas – alias “W.E. Buyem”

Wynonie Harris – Philo – 1945

(Omaha, Nebraska – with “Lucky Millander”, fronted “The All Stars”)

Little Hatch – (no known 78’s)

(Provine Hatch – Sledge, Mississippi – with “The Little Hatchet Band”)

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Buddy Boy Hawkins – Paramount – 1927

(Walter Hawkins)

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Roy Hawkins – Down Town – 1948

(Roy Theodore Hawkins – alias “Mr. Undertaker” – in groups “Four Jacks” and “Royal Hawk and His Orchestra)

Clifford Hayes and the Louisville Stompers – Victor – 1933

(Other members were Cal Smith, Earl Hines and Hense Grundy)

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Lucille Hegamin – Arto – 1921

(Lucille Nelson Hegamin – Macon, Georgia – with “The Bang Up Six” and “The Syncopators”)

Jessie Mae Hemphill (no known 78’s)

(Performed as “Jessie Mae Brooks” and the “She Wolf” – Como, Mississippi)

Duke Henderson – Specialty – 1952

(Sylvester C. Henderson – Liberty, Missouri)

Rosa Henderson – Victor – 1923

(Rosa Deschamps – started in Vaudeville – recorded under many names including “Gladys White”, “Sally Ritz” and “Sara Johnson”)

“Big Boy” Henry  – (no known 78’s pre 1960’s)

(Richard L. Henry – Beaufort, North Carolina)

Edna Hicks – Brunswick – 1923

(Edna Lucille Landreaux –  New Orleans, Louisiana – Died tragically in a Chicago fire in 1925)

George Higgs (no known 78’s)

(Speed, North Carolina)

Bertha “Chippie” Hill – OKeh – 1926

(Charleston, South Carolina)

Algia Mae Hinton (no known 78’s)

(Johnston County, North Carolina)

Silas Hogan – (no known 78’s)

(Westover, Louisiana – Father of drummer Sam Hogan)

Smokey Hogg – Modern – 1947

(Andrew Hogg – Westconnie, Texas)

The Hokum Boys – Paramount – 1929

(Various groups performed under this name – some members included Tampa Red and Ikey Robinson, Big Bill Broonzy and Thomas A. Dorsey)

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Roosevelt Holts – (no known 78’s)

(Tytertown, Mississippi  – Franklinton, Louisiana)

Homesick James – (no known 78’s)

(John William Henderson – Somerville, Tennessee)

Earl Hooker – Rockin’ – 1953

(Earl Zebedee Hooker – Quitman County, Mississippi – fronted his own band – “The Roadmasters”, “The Soul Thrillers”, “The Soul Twisters”)

John Lee Hooker – Modern – 1948

(Clarksdale, Mississippi – fronted his own bands – one of the most recorded blues musicians ever)

Lightnin’ Hopkins – Aladdin – 1947

(Sam Hopkins – Centerville, Texas – with “Hopkins Brothers” and “Thunder n Lightnin'” with Wilson Smith)

Walter Horton – Modern – 1951

(Horn Lake, Mississippi – with “The Blues Harp Band”, “Hutto and the Hawks” and “The Chicago Blues All Stars”)

Son House – Paramount – 1930

(Eddie James House, Jr. – Riverton, Mississippi)

Frank Hovington – (no known 78’s)

(Reading, Pennsylvania)

Rosetta Howard – Decca – 1939

(Chicago, Illinois – was a member of “The Harlem Hamfats”)

Peg Leg Howell – Columbia – 1921

(Joshua Bames Howell – Eastonton, Georgia – fronted “Peg Leg Howell and His Gang” – lost his leg when he was shot during a fight)

Howlin’ Wolf – Chess – 1951

(Chester Arthur Burnett – White Station, Mississippi)

Helen Humes – Philo – 1945

(Louisville, Kentucky – Sang with Harry James, Count Basie and fronted her own bands)

Alberta Hunter – Paramount – 1922

(Memphis, Tennessee – Alias – Josephine Beatty)

Ivory Joe Hunter – Exclusive – 1945

(Kirbyville, Texas – Fronted several of his own groups including “The Ivorytones”)

Long John Hunter – (no known 78’s)

(John Thurman Hunter Jr., – Ringgold, Louisiana – fronted the “Long John Orchestra”)

Mississippi John Hurt – OKeh – 1928

(John Smith Hurt – Teoc, Mississippi)

J.B. Hutto – Chance – 1954

(Joseph Benjamin Hutto – Blackville, South Carolina – with “The Hawks”, “The Houserockers” and “The New Hawks”)

Bo Weavil Jackson – Paramount – 1926

(James Jackson – birth place unknown)

Bull Moose Jackson – Queen – 1945

(Benjamin Clarence Jackson – Cleveland, Ohio – with “Big Sid Catlett’s Band”, with Lucky Millinder and fronted several of his own bands)

Papa Charlie Jackson – Paramount – 1924

(William Henry Jackson – New Orleans, Louisiana – Also known as “Dentist Jackson” – was in many groups including the “Jazz Cardinals”, the “Yazoo All Stars”, and the “Paramount All Stars”)

Jim Jackson – Vocalion – 1928

(Hernando, Mississippi)

Lil’ Son Jackson – Imperial – 1951

(Melvin Jackson – Tyler, Texas)

Elmore James – Trumpet – 1951

(Elmore Brooks – Richland, Mississippi – with his group “The Broomdusters)

Frank “Springback” James – Bluebird – 1937

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Skip James – Paramount – 1931

(Nahemiah Curtis James – Bentonia, Mississippi)

Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon – Vocalion – 1929

(Montgomery, Alabama – Rose from Vaudeville – was in many groups “Bull Fiddle Band”, “Louisiana Jug Band”, “The Hot Shots” and “Punches Delegates of Pleasure” to name a few)

Blind Lemon Jefferson – Paramount – 1926

(Lemon Henry Jefferson – Couchman, Texas – was in the “Paramount All Stars” and the “Yazoo All Stars”)

Snuff Johnson – (no known 78’s)

(Texas)

Buddy Johnson – Decca – 1940

(Woodrow Wilson Johnson – Darlington, North Carolina – with “Dickie Wells’ Big Seven” and the “Gentlemen of Swing”)

Edith Johnson – Hot Jazz Club of America – 1947

(Edith North Johnson – St. Louis, Missouri – Alias: Hattie Johnson – sang with Oliver Cobb’s Rhythm Kings)

Herman E. Johnson (no known 78’s)

Louisiana)

James “Stump” Johnson – QRS – 1929

(Clarksville, Tennessee – Alias: “Shorty George” and “Snitcher Roberts”)

Johnnie Johnson – Lincoln – 1924

(Johnnie Clyde Johnson – Fairmont, West Virginia- Johnson is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman)

Lil’ Johnson – Vocalion – 1929

(Lil’ Johnson left no trace behind – No known photos and very little biographical information is known – She did record for a time in Chicago – with both Montana Taylor and then Charley Avery)

Lonnie Johnson – OKeh – 1927

(Alonzo Johnson – New Orleans, Louisiana – with “Willie Dunn & His Gin Bottle Four” – “The Blue Boys” – “The Harlem Hot Shots” – “The Johnson Boys” and “The Kentucky Boys”)

Margaret Johnson – OKeh – 1925

(Yet another musician rising out of the Vaudeville days)

Mary Johnson – Century – 1947

(Mary Smith – Eden Station, Mississippi – married to blues musician Lonnie Johnson)

Merline Johnson – Vocalion – 1940

(Known as the “Yas Yas Girl” – with “The Rhythm Rascals” and “The Jazz Boys”)

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Pete Johnson – Vocalion – 1939

(Kermit H. Johnson – Kansas City, Missouri – Was in many groups including the “Boogie Woogie Boys” – the “Fly Cats” – and the “Pete Johnson Trio”

Tommy Johnson – Victor – 1928

(Crystal Springs, Mississippi – called the “quintessential blues bad boy”)

Blind Willie Johnson – Columbia – 1928

(Brenham, Texas – also known as “The Blind Pilgrim”)

Albinia Jones – National – 1945

(Gulfport, Mississippi)

Curtis Jones – Vocalion – 1937

(Naples, Texas)

Eddie Lee Jones – (no known 78’s)

(Ephram, Georgia – also known as “Mustright Jones”

Floyd Jones – Chess – 1952

(Marianna, Arkansas – fronted his own band)

Maggie Jones – Columbia – 1925

(Fae Barnes – Hillsboro, Texas – fronted the “Maggie Jones Jazz Band”

Charley Jordan – Decca – 1937

(Mabelville, Arkansas – recorded at times as “Uncle Skipper”)

Louis Jordan – Decca – 1940

(Louis Thomas Jordan – Brinkley, Arkansas – front his “Tympany Five” – played with Chick Webb, and Ella Fitzgerald and her “Savoy Eight”)

Alfred G. Karnes -Victor – 1927

(Alfred Grant Karnes – Bedford, Virginia)

Arthur Guitar Kelley – (no known 78’s)

(Clinton, Louisiana)

Jack Kelly and His South Memphis Jug Band – Conquerer – 1935

(Memphis, Tennessee – known also as “Jackie Boy”)

Hank Kilroy – Coleman – 1948

Albert King – Parrot – 1954

(Albert Nelson – Indianola, Mississippi)

B. B. King – Bullet – 1949

(Riley B. King – Bena, Mississippi)

Earl King – Specialty – 1954

(Earl Silas Johnson IV – New Orleans, Louisiana – also known as Handsome Earl and Pearl King)

Saunders King – Photo & Sound – 1942

(Sang with the “Southern Harmony Four” and fronted several bands of his own)

Big Daddy Kinsey (no known 78’s)

(Lester Kinsey – Pleasant Grove, Mississippi – fronted “The Kinsey Report”)

Lee Kizart – (no known 78’s)

(Aberdeen, Mississippi)

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Ransom Knowling – Bluebird – 1940

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