Such a great great jumpy blues, a hopper and a skipper for them alive ones; tappin’ away on repeat at home, too. Crudup outdoes Elvis by some 10 years. Made in Chicago.

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, voice  & guitar

Melvin Draper, drums

December, 1944

Arthur %22Big Boy%22 Crudup - Who's Been Foolin You 78rpm

 

 

This is a Greek Decca, #4056. “O riQProE” is my English alphabet translation of the Greek title. I have no clue about any of the information on this label, unfortunately.

But the tune is a wonderful Greek folk-dance number, almost like a very sophisticated waltz; with harmonized vocals, compound rhythms and perfect string interplay.

Greek Decca 4056 - %22O riqproe%22 78rpm

Not much information to be found on Pickard’s Chinese Syncopators. They were an active string band on the Vaudeville circuit in the 1920s & 30s, and seemed to be an all Filipino combo: probably easier, and catchier, at the time to say Chinese instead. This is a cool and quirky rumba called “Ali Baba”.

This is on an English-made His Master’s Voice. Enjoy with a singapore sling!

Pickard's Chinese Syncopators AliBaba

 

Florencia Morales Ramos, “Ramito”, is one of the kings of Puerto Rican Jibaro music. Born in 1915, in Caguas, PR, he was considered a really good singer by the age of thirteen; and by the late 1930s he was a renowned star. He had a long career, even playing for JFK at the White House in 1961 in a huge showcase of Puerto Rican talent.

“Una Mujer en Mi Vida” is a bolero son, and totally infectious. It is full of those famous conga rhythms, horn lines, and vocal harmonies which really make so much of Puerto Rican music so sexy and hip-swerving.  And of course, Ramito’s beautiful tenor just soars.

Recorded in New York, NY, on the rare BMC label.

Ramito - Una Mujer en Mi Vida

 

 

Mr. Charles COULD certainly play a mambo if he felt like it; and lord was he a brilliant piano player who could SWING-it when he felt like that, thank the LORD.

From 1956, when he was 26yo.

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mary ann ray charles

 

 

Willie “Billy” Gales was Ike Turner’s drummer during the 1940s and 50s, but he did cut a few sides as a singer in his lifetime. This tune, “If I Never Had Known You” is a Turner original; is a lyric about feeling low and ashamed (and grateful); is sung so tenderly, but in the way of a powerful gospel singer confessing himself to his congregation.

This is on Federal Records out of Cincinnati, which was actually Mr. James Brown’s first label. Released in 1956, it has that warm, hi-fi fidelity which is a feature of many great 1950s-era 78 rpm recordings.

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Conti Condoli was a well-known trumpeter in the 1940s & 50s. He had a long, strong, and creative career playing and recording with superstars of the era: Sarah Vaughn, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman to name a few. Remarkably, in 1972, he ended up a permanent fixture in the Tonight Show band; Johnny Carson was the host of the show.

Here he is on a rare side as leader, on a small-ran Chicago label called Chance. This delicious mambo features legendary Chicago horn man/woodmind man, Ira Sullivan!

From 1954, an urban scorcher, and recorded so beautifully.                                                                                               Conti Condoli - Mambo Junior 78rpm