[78-L] Is it really rarest blues record?

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue Aug 6 21:15:13 PDT 2013

On the subject of blues, I'm working on a project and I've been transferring 
Black Swan 78s (close to two hundred so far). Not just blues, but every 
category they touched on (lots of ghastly dance bands they inherited from 
Olympic and tried to pass off as "colored", light classical, vaudeville etc). 
Some of the blues records have some amazing arrangements, particularly the ones 
by Josie Miles..these things are like little symphonies. Anyone know who might 
have been responsible? They sound like the kind of stuff William Grant Still 
was doing symphonically a few years later.


On 8/6/2013 11:23 PM, gdkimball at cox.net wrote:
> "Grandma Blues" is clearly some made-up bullshit and not Willie Brown.  If you actually pay attention to the lyrics of "M&  O" or the song on the other side, "Future Blues," and compare, it's pretty obvious that "Grandma" is not of the same period.
> Plenty of people have covered "M&  O Blues." It's not that difficult, certainly not the hardest Delta Blues tune to play.  Have you ever tried to play it or Future Blues?  I play both, and they're more interesting than most standard 12-bar blues tunes.  It's also worth pointing out that this music was designed to accompany dancing.  To some extent, the music is intentionally repetitive.
> To each his own.
> Gregg
> .
> ---- Michael Biel<mbiel at mbiel.com>  wrote:
>> Subject: [78-L] Is it really rarest blues record?
>> From: "Milan P. Milovanovic"<milanpmilovanovic4 at gmail.com>
>>> http://www.goldminemag.com/features/willie-brown-where-are-you
>> OK, this was from 2 1/2 years ago.  There is a hilarious series of
>> comments under somebody's live performance of what he says is one of the
>> missing songs which he or his uncle or somebody has.
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F9xhKLJbXs#sthash.Wq5nbhvO.dpuf
>> The comments seem to come to a head "four months ago", so maybe
>> Tefteller has them now (???)  But what I find interesting is the Willie
>> Brown record that does exist and is posted.
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WREOMLH2uI
>> It seems very pedestrian and ordinary to me, not like what is said in
>> the article that nobody can play in his distinctive guitar style. To me,
>> blues like this is as unimaginative musically as rap is -- just
>> repeating the same non-melodious rhythm over and over and over ad over
>> and over, etc. The nonsense lyrics of the missing song "Grandma Blues"
>> that is printed there could have been written by any simpleton, either
>> in 1930 or 2011 -- we could have a contest here to write our own lyrics
>> to this or the other "missing" songs.  Melody doesn't matter -- they're
>> all the same.
>> Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com
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