Classic James P. Johnson Sessions

(Out-of-print)

By Alan Goodman

“The improvisation and sheer breadth of James P. Johnson’s expression was completely unknown before him.”

Revered As A True Original

James P. Johnson wrote “Charleston.” You know, that song you hear anytime you ever see anyone dancing the Charleston.

He was Bessie Smith’s and Ethel Waters’ favorite accompanist, with a particular knack for throwing in beguiling fills he conceived in the moment, much to the singers’ delight.

He was a surrogate father and teacher to Fats Waller. Try getting any notice for yourself after taking that showman under your wing!

But first and foremost, James P. Johnson was one of the most important, if not THE most important, stride pianists, a style that developed in New York in the 1920s and the first music that sounds like what we call jazz. It was more rhythmically complex than anything before it. More harmonically challenging. More exuberant and crafty.

Stride was also more than the music. It was a challenge to the musicians who gathered at Harlem cutting contests determined to conquer its intricacies, and to conquer each other. And because of its invitation to create and improvise, it was a platform at last for self-expression.

Johnson also wrote popular and theatrical music, symphonies, concertos, ballets, operas, plus a wide number of smaller pieces like sonatas and a string quartet. In fact, his wide interests and talents gave reason for some to call him a jazz sell-out, and discount his contributions. For decades, Johnson was all but forgotten.

Mosaic, The Antidote to “Forgotten!”
“Classic James P. Johnson Sessions 1921- 1943” compiles all the sessions led by Johnson originally released on OKeh, Columbia, Bluebird, Victor, Signature, Pathe and Vocalion, plus sideman sessions where he solos significantly or contributes something noteworthy. On six CDs, it shines the light on every facet of his talent, including his stunning work with blues singers such as Bessie Smith, Lavinia Turner, Ethel Waters, Ida Cox and more.

He was especially appreciated by singers he accompanied, who loved the way he punctuated the lyrics. The very first Johnson recordings where you can actually hear the piano were made with Lavinia Turner, and they are on this Mosaic set. On another Lavinia Turner session, he places something new and original in every vocal break.

You’ll also find his very first recording of “Carolina Shout,” which became a staple of the stride tradition. You can hear echoes of rags and dance-oriented pieces that were popular, the call-and-response of ring shout, and other borrowings, but the improvisation and sheer breadth of his expression was completely unknown before him.

He made 14 sides and a movie with Bessie Smith, including her most famous piece, “Back Water Blues.” He wasn’t known especially for blues, but what Johnson was doing was laying down the rulebook for all jazz accompanists that followed him.

An Experimental Session
Included also are “Snowy Morning Blues,” one of Johnson’s most successful recordings, as well as a session by the Louisiana Sugar Babes, which was really Johnson, Fats Waller at the organ, Jabbo Smith on cornet, and Garvin Bushell on clarinet, alto saxophone, and bassoon. Bushell and Smith were in the pit orchestra of the show “Keep Shufflin'” with Waller and Johnson, and these recordings have attained nearly legendary status for the rare opportunity to hear the creators of the music performing the tunes, with experimental instrumentation, recorded in a venue (the former Trinity Baptist Church in Camden) known for its exceptional sound quality.

There are so many gems on this set, far too many to list here, including solo work, ensemble work, Johnson accompanying singers by himself and with ensembles, small band sessions, and well as his important work as a sideman with King Oliver, Clarence Williams, Teddy Bunn and Spencer Williams, Mezz Mezzrow, and more.

The package comprises 158 tracks, including eleven never before released. Our exclusive Mosaic booklet features a session-by-session analysis by Scott Brown and many photos that are rare and delightful to see. There is also the most complete discography ever of James P. Johnson’s important early work.

Sadly, most of his compositions in the classical style are completely lost.

Preeminent Jazz Pianist

The New Brunswick Jazz Project honors Johnson, who was born in New Brunswick, and presents an overview of James P. Johnson including jazz historian Scott E. Brown, author of the definitive biography.

CLASSIC JAMES P. JOHNSON SESSIONS 1921-1943
Discography

For the purposes of this discography, only the first release of each matrix is listed. All titles in this discography were released initially on 78 except where noted. Non-U.S. releases are abbreviated (E) for England, (F) for France, (Sd) for Sweden and (Sw) for Switzerland.

To the best of our knowledge, the titles listed in this discography are presented in the order in which they were recorded. However, the CDs contained in this boxed set are presented with the master take first and then any corresponding alternate at the end of the disc. Takes that have been reported in discographies but are missing from the vaults are shown here as unissued, master no longer exists (although there is the possibility that a given take, documented or undocumented, may exist in private collections without our knowledge).

The following reference materials used for this discography include James P. Johnson: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Scott Brown (which includes A James P. Johnson Discography 1917-1950 by Robert Hilbert) (Scarecrow Press), Fats In Fact by Laurie Wright (Storyville), James P. Johnson: Father Of The Stride Piano by Frank Trolle (Micrography), The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord (Cadence Jazz Books), Jazz Records 1897-1942 Fifth Edition by Brian Rust (Storyville), Plaza-ARC Discography, Vol.1 by Billie Thomas and Allan Sutton (Mainspring Press).

Record label abbreviations are as follows: BB for Bluebird, CJM for Classic Jazz Masters,
CC for Collector’s Classics, Col for Columbia, HMV for His Master’s Voice, IAJRC for
International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, OK for OKeh, PA for Pathe Actuelle,
Per for Perfect, Ros for Rosetta, Sig for Signature, Vic for Victor and Voc for Vocalion.
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(A) LAVINIA TURNER AND JAS. P. JOHNSON’S HARMONY SEVEN: 2 unknown (cor), unknown (tb), unknown (cl), unknown (ts), James P. Johnson (p), unknown (bjo), unknown (xyl), Lavinia Turner (vcl).
NYC, c. September 2, 1921
69358-2 He Took It Away From Me (LT-vcl) PA 020627, Per 12034
69359-3 If I Were Your Daddy (And You
Were A Mamma To Me) (LT-vcl) – –

Note: For matrix 69358 the artist credit on Pathe 020627 is shown as James J. Johnson in addition to some copies being issued with the labels reversed.

Some copies of Pathe 020627 have -2 etched in the wax for If I Were Your Daddy however it is identical to -3.
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(B) LAVINIA TURNER AND JAS. P. JOHNSON’S HARMONY SEVEN: 2 unknown (tp or cor), unknown (tb), unknown (cl), unknown (ts), James P. Johnson (p), unknown (bjo), Lavinia Turner (vcl).
NYC, c. September 26, 1921
69397-1 When The Rain Turns Into Snow (Who’s
Gonna Keep You Warm?) (LT-vcl) PA 020878, Per 12039
69398-? Who’ll Drive Your Blues Away? (LT-vcl) – –
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(C) JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, October 18, 1921
S-70-259-D Keep Off The Grass OK 4495
S-70-260-C Carolina Shout –
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(D) LAVINIA TURNER: James P. Johnson (p), Lavinia Turner (vcl).
NYC, c. November 21, 1921
69521-1 Watch Me Go (LT-vcl) PA 020705, Per 12005
69522-1 You Never Miss A Good Thing
Till It’s Gone (LT-vcl) – –
Note: The artist credit on some copies of Pathe 020705 is shown as LAVINA TURNER.
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(E) JAMES P. JOHNSON’S HARMONY EIGHT: 2 unknown (cor), unknown (tb), unknown (cl), unknown (as), poss. Walter Watkins (as, ts), James P. Johnson (p),
unknown (bjo), unknown (d).
NYC, December 5, 1921
S-70-350-B Dear Old Southland OK 4504
S-70-351-C Bandana Days (Intro: Love Will Find A Way) –
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JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solo.
NYC, Victor Studios, January 23, 1922
Test -1 Four A.M. Shout unissued, master no longer exists
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JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, Columbia Studios, February 28, 1923
80877-1, -2 Papa Blues unissued, master no longer exists
80878-1, -2, -3 Railroad Man –
80879-1, -2, -3 Caprice Rag –
80880-1, -2, -3 Glory Shout –

Note: Discographies list matrix 80877 as Papa Blues, however, the Columbia file cards have the title as Popper Blues. Matrix 80879 is shown as Caprice.
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(F) JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, June 28, 1923
81099-3 Weeping Blues unissued, master no longer exists
81099-1 Weeping Blues previously unissued
81099-2 Weeping Blues Col A 3950
81100-2 Worried And Lonesome Blues unissued, master no longer exists
81100-2 Worried And Lonesome Blues Col A 3950
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JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
Camden, NJ, Victor Studios, July 17, 1923
B-28196-1,-2 -3 You Can’t Do What
My Last Man Did unissued, master no longer exists
B-28197-1 thru -5 Bleeding Hearted Blues –
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(G) JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
Camden, NJ, July 25, 1923
B-28196-5,-6 You Can’t Do What
My Last Man Did unissued, master no longer exists
B-28196-4 You Can’t Do What My Last Man Did Vic 19123
B-28197-6 Bleeding Hearted Blues –
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(H) JIMMY JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, August 8, 1923
S-71-741-A Scouting Around OK 4937
S-71-742-A Toddlin’ –
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SADIE JACKSON: James P. Johnson (p), Sadie Jackson (vcl).
NYC, Columbia Studios, October 29, 1926
w142889-1,-2 -3 Original Black Bottom Dance unissued, master no longer exists w142890-1,-2,-3 Nobody Worries ‘Bout Me –
________________________________________________________________________ (I) SADIE JACKSON: James P. Johnson (p), Sadie Jackson (vcl).
NYC, November 20, 1926
w142889-4, -5 Original Black Bottom Dance unissued, master no longer exists
w142889-6 Original Black Bottom Dance (SJ-vcl) Col 14181-D
w142890-4, -6 Nobody Worries ‘Bout Me unissued, master no longer exists
w142890-5 Nobody Worries ‘Bout Me (SJ-vcl) Col 14181-D
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(J) BESSIE SMITH: James P. Johnson (p), Bessie Smith (vcl).
NYC, February 17, 1927
w143490-1, -3 Preachin’ The Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w143490-2 Preachin’ The Blues (BS-vcl) Col 14195-D
w143491-1 Back-Water Blues (BS-vcl) –
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JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, Columbia Studios, February 25, 1927
w143531-1,-2,-3 All That I Had Is Gone unissued, master no longer exists
w143532-1,-2,-3 Snowy Morning Blues –
________________________________________________________________________ (K) JIMMY JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, March 7, 1927
w143531-4,-6,-7 All That I Had Is Gone unissued, master no longer exists
w143531-5 All That I Had Is Gone Col 14204-D
w143532-4, -5 Snowy Morning Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w143532-6 Snowy Morning Blues Col 14204-D
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(L) ORIGINAL JAZZ HOUNDS: Louis Metcalf (cor), Jake Frazier (tb), Bob Fuller (cl), James P. Johnson (p), unknown (bjo), poss. Harry Hull (tu), unknown (d, chimes), Perry Bradford (vcl).
NYC, March 15, 1927
w143658-1, -2 Lucy Long unissued, master no longer exists
w143658-3 Lucy Long (PB-vcl) Col 14207-D
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(M) BESSIE SMITH: James P. Johnson (p), Bessie Smith (vcl).
NYC, April 1, 1927
w143735-1, -2 Sweet Mistreater unissued, master no longer exists
w143735-3 Sweet Mistreater (BS-vcl) Col 14260-D
w143735-1, -2 Lock And Key unissued, master no longer exists
w143736-3 Lock And Key (BS-vcl) Col 14232-D
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(N) ROSA HENDERSON: James P. Johnson (p), Rosa Henderson (vcl).
NYC, May 1927
107545-? Black Snake Moan (RH-vcl) PA 7529?, Per 129?
107545-A Black Snake Moan (RH-vcl) PA 7529, Per 129
107546-A Fortune Teller Blues (RH-vcl) – –
unk. mtx Gay Catin’ Daddy PA 7534, Per 134
unk. mtx I’m Savin’ It All For You – –
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(O) JOHNSON’S JAZZERS: Louis Metcalf (cor), James P. Johnson (p), Perry Bradford (vcl).
NYC, September 2, 1927
w144621-2 Skiddle De Scow (PB-vcl) Col 14247-D
w144622-2 Can I Get It Now? (PB-vcl) –
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JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, Victor Studios, February 3, 1928
BVE 42409-1 Mournful Tho’ts unissued, master no longer exists
BVE 42410-1 Ebony Dreams –
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(P) LOUISIANA SUGAR BABES: Jabbo Smith (cor), Garvin Bushell (cl, as, bassoon), James P. Johnson (p), Fats Waller (org).
Old Trinity Baptist Church, Camden, N.J., March 27, 1928
Supervised by Nat Shilkret
BVE 42566-2 Willow Tree unissued, master no longer exists
BVE 42566-3 Willow Tree HMV (E) 7EG 8215 (EP)
BVE 42566-1 Willow Tree Vic 21348
BVE 42567-3 ‘Sippi unissued, master no longer exists
BVE 42567-2 ‘Sippi BB B-10260
BVE 42567-1 ‘Sippi Vic 21348
BVE 42568-3 Thou Swell unissued, master no longer exists
BVE 42568-1 Thou Swell BB B-10260
BVE 42568-2 Thou Swell Vic 21346
BVE 42569-2 Persian Rug unissued, master no longer exists
BVE 42569-1 Persian Rug Vic 21346

Note: Some discographies incorrectly list BVE 42566-2, BVE 42567-3 and BE 42568-3 as being released.

The Victor file cards and some discographies list BVE 42567-2 as being released on Victor 21348 and that BVE 42568-1 was first released on RCA (F) PM 43686.
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(Q) MARTHA COPELAND: Clarence Adams (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Martha Copeland (vcl).
NYC, June 8, 1928
w146417-2 Somethin’ Goin’ On Wrong unissued, master no longer exists
w146417-1 Somethin’ Goin’ On Wrong (MC-vcl) Col 14352-D
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(R) MARTHA COPELAND: Clarence Adams (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Martha Copeland (vcl), Perry Bradford (sp).
NYC, June 9, 1928
w146420-1, -2 Desert Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w146420-3 Desert Blues (MC-vcl, PB-sp) Col 14352-D
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(S) JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Cootie Williams, Ward Pinkett (tp), unknown (tb), Garvin Bushell (cl, as), unknown (cl, ts), James P. Johnson, Fats Waller (p), Joe Watts (b), Perry Bradford (speech).
NYC, June 18, 1928
w146539-1, -2 Chicago Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w146539-3 Chicago Blues (PB-sp) Col 14334-D
w146540-2, -3 Mournful Tho’ts unissued, master no longer exists
w146540-1 Mournful Tho’ts Col 14334-D
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(T) CLARENCE WILLIAMS: James P. Johnson (p), Clarence Williams (vcl).
NYC, July 20, 1928
w146761-1, -2 My Woman Done Me Wrong unissued, master no longer exists
w146761-3 My Woman Done Me Wrong (As Far
As I Am Concerned) (CW-vcl) Col 14341-D
w146762-1, -2 Desert Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w146762-3 Farm Hand Papa (CW-vcl) Col 14341-D
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(U) ROY EVANS: Arthur Whetsel (cor), James P. Johnson (p), Roy Evans (vcl).
NYC, July 26, 1928
w146811-1, -3 So Sorry unissued, master no longer exists
w146811-2 So Sorry (RE-vcl) Col 2257-D
w146812-1, -2 Syncopated Yodelin’ Man unissued, master no longer exists
w146812-3 Syncopated Yodelin’ Man (RE-vcl) Col 1559-D
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(V) ETHEL WATERS: James P. Johnson (p), Ethel Waters (vcl).
NYC, August 21, 1928
w146871 -2 Lonesome Swallow unissued, master no longer exists
w146871-1 Lonesome Swallow (EW-vcl) Col 14411-D
w146872-1 Guess Who’s In Town unissued, master no longer exists
w146872-2 Guess Who’s In Town (EW-vcl) Col 14353-D
w146873 -2 My Handy Man unissued, master no longer exists
w146873-1 My Handy Man (EW-vcl) Col 14353-D
w146874-1 Do What You Did Last Night unissued, master no longer exists
w146874-2 Do What You Did Last Night (EW-vcl) Col 14380-D

Note: Some discographies incorrectly list matrix w146873-3 as being issued.
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(W) ROY EVANS: James P. Johnson (p), Roy Evans (vcl).
NYC, September 4, 1928
w146941 Take Your Tomorrow unissued, master no longer exists
w146942-1, -3 Jazbo Dan And His Yodelin’ Band –
w146942-2 Jazbo Dan And His Yodelin’ Band (RE-vcl) Col 1559-D
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(X) JIMMY JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, January 29, 1929
401565-B Riffs OK 8770
401566-A Feelin’ Blue –
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(Y) JIMMY JOHNSON & HIS BAND: Louis Metcalf (cor), unknown (tb), Ernest Elliott (cl), unknown (cl, ts), James P. Johnson (p), Perry Bradford, Gus Horsley (vcl).
NYC, March 5, 1929
w148015-2, -3 Put Your Mind Right On It unissued, master no longer exists
w148015-1 Put Your Mind
Right On It (PB, GH-vcl) Col 14417-D
w148016-1,-2,-3 Sorry (GH-vcl) unissued, master no longer exists

Note: An unidentified musician hits a cymbal at the end of the first title.
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(Z) JIMMY JOHNSON & HIS BAND: Louis Metcalf (cor), prob. Geechie Fields (tb), Ernest Elliott (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Perry Bradford (vcl).
NYC, March 20, 1929
w148108-1, -2 Fare Thee Honey Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w148108-3 Fare Thee Honey Blues (PB-vcl) Col 14417-D
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(AA) BESSIE SMITH: James P. Johnson (p), Bessie Smith (vcl).
NYC, August 20, 1929
w148901-1,-2,-3 My Sportin’ Man (BS-vcl) unissued, master no longer exists
w148902-1, -3 He’s Got Me Goin’ –
w148902-2 He’s Got Me Goin’ (BS-vcl) Col 14464-D
w148903-1, -2 When My Baby Comes (BS-vcl) unissued, master no longer exists
w148904-2, -3 Put Your Mind Right On It –
w148904-1 It Makes My Love Come Down (BS-vcl) Col 14464-D
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(BB) CLARA SMITH: James P. Johnson (p), Clara Smith (vcl).
NYC, September 12, 1929
w148994-1, -3 Oh! Mister Mitchell unissued, master no longer exists
w148994-2 Oh! Mister Mitchell (CS-vcl) Col 14536-D
w148995-1, -2 Where Is My Man unissued, master no longer exists
w148995-3 Where Is My Man (CS-vcl) Col 14536-D
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(CC) BESSIE SMITH: James P. Johnson (p), Bessie Smith (vcl).
NYC, October 1, 1929
w149074-1, -2 Wasted Life Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w149074-3 Wasted Life Blues (BS-vcl) Col 14476-D
w149075-2, -3 Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w149075-1 Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues (BS-vcl) Col 14476-D
________________________________________________________________________ (DD) BESSIE SMITH: James P. Johnson (p), Bessie Smith (vcl).
NYC, October 11, 1929
w149134-1, -2 Blue Spirit Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w149134-3 Blue Spirit Blues (BS-vcl) Col 14527-D
w149135-1, -2 Worn Out Papa Blues unissued, master no longer exists
w149135-3 Worn Out Papa Blues (BS-vcl) Col 14527-D
w149136-1, -3 You Don’t Understand unissued, master no longer exists
w149136-2 You Don’t Understand (BS-vcl) Col 14487-D
w149137-1, -3 Don’t Cry Baby unissued, master no longer exists
w149137-2 Don’t Cry Baby (BS-vcl) Col 14487-D
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(EE) KING OLIVER AND HIS ORCHESTRA: King Oliver (tp), Dave Nelson (tp, arr), unknown (tb), Glyn Paque (as), Hilton Jefferson (cl, as), prob. Charlie Frazier (ts), James P. Johnson (p), Arthur Taylor (bjo), Clinton Walker (tu), Edmund Jones (d). Liederkranz Hall, NYC, November 6, 1929
Supervised by Loren L. Watson
BVE 57528-1 I Want You Just Myself (poss. DN-arr) Vic V-38101
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(FF) JIMMIE JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: King Oliver, Dave Nelson (tp), Jimmy Archey (tb), 2 unknown (cl, as), Charlie Frazier (ts), James P. Johnson (p, arr), Fats Waller (p), prob. Bernard Addison (g, bjo), Harry Hull (b), unknown (d), Keep Shufflin’ Trio (possibly Bunn, Johnson and Waller) (vcl).
NYC, November 18, 1929 Supervised by Loren L. Watson
BVE 57701-2 You Don’t Understand (JPJ-arr) (KST-vcl) Vic V-38099
BVE 57702-2 You’ve Got To Be Modernistic (JPJ-arr) (KST-vcl) –
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(GG) CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ WASHBOARD BAND: Charlie Gaines (tp), Arville Harris (cl, as), James P. Johnson (p, cel), Clarence Williams (p, vcl), Floyd Casey (washboard).
NYC, November 19, 1929
w403280-A, -B You Don’t Understand unissued, master no longer exists
w403280-C You Don’t Understand (CW-vcl) OK 8752

Note: Williams plays piano until just before the vocal at which point Johnson replaces him.
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(HH) EVA TAYLOR: Ed Anderson (cor), James P. Johnson, Clarence Williams (p).
NYC, December 16, 1929
BVE 57782-2 What Makes Me Love You So? (ET-vcl) Vic V-38575
BVE 57783-1 You Don’t Understand (ET-vcl) –
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(II) GREAT DAY NEW ORLEANS SINGERS (Directors Jimmy Johnson and Clarence Williams): James P. Johnson (p), unidentified vocal group which includes Clarence Williams.
NYC, December 19, 1929
w403533-A You’ve Got To Be Modernistic unissued, master no longer exists
w403533-B You’ve Got To Be Modernistic (GDNOS-vcl) OK 8755
w403534-A Shout On unissued, master no longer exists
w403534-B Shout On (GDNOS-vcl) OK 8755
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(JJ) LONNIE JOHNSON & SPENCER WILLIAMS: James P. Johnson (p), Lonnie Johnson (g, vcl), Spencer Williams (vcl).
NYC, January 8, 1930
w403596-A, -B Once Or Twice unissued, master no longer exists
w403596-C Once Or Twice (LJ, SW-vcl) OK 8812

LONNIE JOHNSON AND CLARENCE WILLIAMS: James P. Johnson (p), Lonnie Johnson (g, vcl), Spencer Williams (scraper or gourd), Clarence Williams (vcl).
Same session
w403598-A Wipe It Off unissued, master no longer exists
w403598-B Wipe It Off (LJ, CW-vcl) OK 8762
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(KK) JAMES P. JOHNSON & CLARENCE WILLIAMS: James P. Johnson, Clarence Williams (p, talking).
NYC, January 31, 1930
w149951-2, -3 How Could I Be Blue? unissued, master no longer exists
w149951-1 How Could I Be Blue? Col 14502-D
w149952-1, -3 I’ve Found A New Baby unissued, master no longer exists
w149952-2 I’ve Found A New Baby Col 14502-D
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(LL) LONNIE JOHNSON & CLARENCE WILLIAMS -1 / LONNIE JOHNSON & SPENCER WILLIAMS -2: James P. Johnson (p), Lonnie Johnson (g, vcl), Clarence Williams (vcl, scraper or gourd).
NYC, February 7, 1930
w403749-A, -B The Dirty Dozen unissued, master no longer exists
w403749-C The Dirty Dozen (LJ, CW-vcl) -1 OK 8775
w403750-B Keep It To Yourself unissued, master no longer exists
w403750-A Keep It To Yourself (LJ, CW-vcl) -2 OK 8812

Note: Some discographies list –B as the take for The Dirty Dozen.

The artist credit on the label of OKeh 8812 incorrectly lists Spencer Williams.
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(MM) TEDDY BUNN – SPENCER WILLIAMS: James P. Johnson (p), Teddy Bunn (g, vcl), Bruce Johnson (washboard), Spencer Williams (vcl).
NYC, June 2, 1930
BVE 62178-2 Goose And Gander (TB, SW-vcl) Vic 38602
BVE 62179-2 The New Goose And Gander (TB, SW-vcl) Vic 38617
BVE 62180-2 Clean It Out (TB, SW-vcl) Vic 38602
BVE 61281-1 Blow It Up (TB, SW-vcl) Vic 38617
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(NN) BESSIE SMITH & THE BESSEMER SINGERS: James P. Johnson (p), Bessie Smith, The Bessemer Singers (four unidentified male vcl).
NYC, June 9, 1930
w150574-1,-2, -3 On Revival Day unissued, master no longer exists
w150574-4 On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
(BS, TBS-vcl) Col 14538-D
w150575-1,-2, -3 Moan [You] Mourners unissued, master no longer exists
w150575-4 Moan [You] Mourners (BS, TBS-vcl) Col 14538-D
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(OO) JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Ward Pinkett, unknown (tp), poss. Fernando Arbello (tb), Fred Skerritt, Henry L. Jones (cl, as), Bingie Madison (cl, ts), James P. Johnson (p, arr), Goldie Lucas (g), Richard Fullbright (b), Bill Beason (d), Andy Razaf (vcl).
NYC, March 25, 1931
w151457-1, -3 Go Harlem unissued, master no longer exists
w151457-2 Go Harlem (AR-vcl) (JPJ-arr) Col 2448-D
w151459-1, -3 A Porter’s Love Song unissued, master no longer exists
w151459-2 A Porter’s Love Song
(To A Chambermaid) (AR-vcl) (JPJ-arr) Col 14668-D
w151460-1, -2 Just A Crazy Song unissued, master no longer exists
w151460-3 Just A Crazy Song
(Hi-Hi-Hi) (AR, ens.-vcl) (JPJ-arr) Col 2448-D

Note: Matrix 151458 was assigned to pianist Myra Hess.

The Columbia file card for Go Harlem states that -3 was the first choice for release, however, -2 was the take that was released.
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(PP) ROSA HENDERSON: James P. Johnson (p), Rosa Henderson (vcl).
NYC, August 19, 1931
w151739-2 Doggone Blue unissued, master no longer exists
w151739-1 Doggone Blue (RH-vcl) Col 14627-D
w151740-2 Can’t Be Bothered With No Sheik unissued, master no longer exists
w151740-1 Can’t Be Bothered With No Sheik (RH-vcl) Col 14627-D
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(QQ) CLARENCE WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Ed Allen (cor), Cecil Scott (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Roy Smeck (g), Cyrus St. Clair (tu), Floyd Casey (washboard), Chick Bullock (vcl).
NYC, December 6, 1933
14423-1 Looka-There, Ain’t She Pretty (CB-vcl) Col (E) SEG 7545 (EP)
14423-2 Looka-There, Ain’t She Pretty (CB-vcl) Voc 2616
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(RR) CLARENCE WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Ed Allen (cor), Cecil Scott (cl), Clarence Williams, James P. Johnson (p), Roy Smeck (g, steel g), Cyrus St. Clair (tu), Floyd Casey (washboard), Chick Bullock (vcl).
NYC, January 10, 1934
14571-2 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (CB-vcl) CJM (Sd) 15 (LP)
14571-1 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (CB-vcl) Voc 2630
14572-2 Won’t You Come Over And Say “Hello” unissued, master no longer exists
14572-1 Won’t You Come Over And Say “Hello” (CB-vcl) -1 Voc 2718

-1 omit Clarence Williams (p), although he probably is the one responsible for the vocal interjections.

Note: Some copies of Vocalion 2630 have both sides pressed up with matrix 14571-1.
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(SS) CLARENCE WILLIAMS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Ed Allen (cor), unknown (tb), Cecil Scott (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Roy Smeck (g), Cyrus St. Clair (tu), Clarence Williams (vcl).
NYC, February 7, 1934
14804-2 I Got Horses And Got
Numbers On My Mind unissued, master no longer exists
14804-1 I Got Horses And Got
Numbers On My Mind (CW-vcl) Voc 2654
14806-1 Let’s Have A Showdown -1 Voc 2759

-1 add Clarence Williams (p).

Note: Despite the label credit, there is no vocal on matrix 14806.
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(TT) CLARENCE WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Ed Allen (cor), Cecil Scott (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Floyd Casey (washboard), Clarence Williams (vcl).
NYC, July 6, 1934
15400-2 I’m Getting My Bonus In Love (CW-vcl) previously unissued
15400-1 I’m Getting My Bonus In Love (CW-vcl) Voc 2889
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(UU) MILTON ‘MEZZ’ MEZZROW AND ORCHESTRA: Tommy Ladnier, Sidney DeParis (tp), Mezz Mezzrow (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Teddy Bunn (g), Elmer James (b), Zutty Singleton (d).
NYC, November 21, 1938
Supervised by Hugues Panassie
BS-028988-1 Revolutionary Blues BB B-10088
BS-028989-1 Comin’ On With The Come On (Pt. 1) BB B-10085
BS-028990-1 Comin’ On With The Come On (Pt. 2) –

Note: Matrix BS-028990-1 is listed as being an unissued Swingin’ For Mezz on the Jazz Archives (LP) JA-40 Collector’s Jackpot, Vol. 2.
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(VV) FRANKIE NEWTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Frankie Newton (tp), Mezz Mezzrow (cl), Pete Brown (as), James P. Johnson (p), Al Casey (g), John Kirby (b), Cozy Cole (d).
NYC, January 13, 1939
Supervised by Hugues Panassie
BS-031460-1 Rosetta BB B-10176
BS-031461-2 Minor Jive BB B-10186
BS-031462-1 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise BB B-10176
BS-031463-1 Who? BB B-10216
BS-031464-1 The Blues My Baby Gave To Me previously unissued
BS-031464-2 The Blues My Baby Gave To Me BB B-10216
BS-031465-1 Rompin’ (Rompin’ At Victor) BB B-10186

Note: Some discographies have incorrectly shown a -2 for the master take on Rosetta. Nor are there any unissued alternate takes of Rosetta or Minor Jive which has been reported.
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(WW) JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA -1 / RUBY SMITH WITH JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA -2: Red Allen (tp), J.C. Higginbotham (tb), Gene Sedric (ts), James P. Johnson (p), Al Casey (g), Johnny Williams (b), Sid Catlett (d), Anna Robinson, Ruby Smith (vcl).
NYC, March 9, 1939
Supervised by John Hammond
W 24205-2 Harlem Woogie (AR-vcl) -1 Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24205-1 Harlem Woogie (AR-vcl) -1 Voc 4768
W 24206-1 Hungry Blues (AR-vcl) -1 Col CL 1780 (LP)
W 24207-2 Back Water Blues (RS-vcl) -2 Meritt 13/14 (LP)
W 24207-1 Back Water Blues (RS-vcl) -2 Voc 4903
W 24208-1 He’s Mine, All Mine (RS-vcl) -2 –
W 24209-1 After Tonight -1 Voc 4768
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(XX) JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, June 14, 1939
Supervised by John Hammond
W 24757-B If Dreams Come True Meritt 25 (LP)
W 24757-A If Dreams Come True Col CL 1780 (LP)
W 24758-A Fascination –
W 24759-A A Flat Dream Col 37333
W 24760-A The Mule Walk Col CL 1780 (LP)
W 24761-A Lonesome Reverie –
W 24762-A Blueberry Rhyme –
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(YY) JAMES P. JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA / JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA -1: Red Allen (tp), J.C. Higginbotham (tb), Gene Sedric (ts), James P. Johnson (p), Eugene Fields (g), Pops Foster (b), Sid Catlett (d, tympani), Ruby Smith (vcl).
NYC, June 16, 1939
Supervised by John Hammond
W 24776-3 Memories Of You unissued, master no
longer exists
W 24776-1 Memories Of You Col CL 1780 (LP)
W 24776-2 Memories Of You Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24777-3 Old Fashioned Love unissued, master no
longer exists
W 24777-1 Old Fashioned Love -1 Col (Sw) DZ-545 (78)
W 24777-2 Old Fashioned Love Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24778 (complete take #1) Swingin’ At The Lido Meritt 26 (LP)
W 24778 (BD) Swingin’ At The Lido –
W 24778-1 (complete take #2) Swingin’ At The Lido Col CL 1780 (LP)
W 24778-2 (complete take #3) Swingin’ At The Lido Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24779-3 (complete take #1) Havin’ A Ball –
W 24779-1 (complete take #2) Havin’ A Ball Col CL 1780 (LP)
W 24779-2 (complete take #3) Havin’ A Ball Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24779-4 (complete take #4) Havin’ A Ball Meritt 26 (LP)
W 24780-3 Hungry Blues unissued, master no longer exists
W 24780-1 Hungry Blues (RS-vcl) Meritt 5 (LP)

Note: Take numbers with a -1 listed above are confirmed by the original metal parts and signify the 1st choice for release.

The date is usually listed in discographies as June 15, 1939, however, the original file cards and ledgers state the above date with a start time as 1:00 P.M.

There is a discrepancy between which take of W 24777 surfaced on a 78 issued in Switzerland (Columbia DZ-545). Discographies show the take as -2, however, it has been confirmed that -1 was the issued take. What is commonly seen in discographies is that -1 was first released on Columbia CL 1780.

Swingin’ At the Lido plays as Havin’ A Ball and Havin’ A Ball plays as Swingin’ At the Lido on Columbia CL 1780 (LP).
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(ZZ) IDA COX ACC. BY HER ALL-STAR BAND: Hot Lips Page (tp), J.C. Higginbotham (tb), Ed Hall (cl), James P. Johnson (p), Charlie Christian (el-g), Artie Bernstein (b), Lionel Hampton (d), Ida Cox (vcl).
Liederkranz Hall, NYC, October 31, 1939
Supervised by John Hammond
W 25509 (rehearsal and BD #1) Deep Sea Blues previously unissued
W 25509 (complete take #1) Deep Sea Blues –
W 25509-2 (complete take #2) Deep Sea Blues Meritt 5 (LP)
W 25509 (BD #2) Deep Sea Blues previously unissued
W 25509-1 (complete take #3) Deep Sea Blues Voc 05336
W 25510 (complete take #1) Death Letter Blues -1 previously unissued
W 25510 (complete take #2) Death Letter Blues -1 –
W 25510 (BD) Death Letter Blues -1 –
W 25510-2 (complete take #3) Death Letter Blues -1 Meritt 5 (LP)
W 25510-1 (complete take #4) Death Letter Blues -1 Voc 05336
W 25511 (complete take #1) One Hour Mama Ros 1300 (LP)
W 25511 (BD #1) One Hour Mama previously unissued
W 25511 (complete take #2) One Hour Mama CC 56 (LP)
W 25511 (BD #2) One Hour Mama –
W 25511-2 (complete take #3) One Hour Mama Meritt 5 (LP)
W 25511-1 (complete take #4) One Hour Mama previously unissued

-1 omit Higginbotham, Hall and Hampton.

Note: The Vocalion file cards have this session listed as IDA COX and her ALL STAR ORCHESTRA UNDER the dir. of RED ALLEN. The ledgers credit the band as Ida Cox & her Boys of Blue.

The order of performance for this Ida Cox session comes from a ¼” reel tape of the lacquer disc. The take numbers listed above come from metal parts of the original lacquer and signify the order of choice for release.

What is shown as W 25509-3 on the Collector’s Choice 56 (LP) is actually -2 (the complete take #2).

What is shown as W 25511-1 on the Meritt 5 (LP) is actually -2 (the complete take #3).

There is a short, previously unissued rehearsal that is heard prior to the complete take #2 of One Hour Mama.

W 25511-1 was assigned to be released on Vocalion 05232 but it remained unissued.
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(AAA) CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ BLUE FIVE: James P. Johnson (p), Grace Harper, Nathan Barlow (g), Wellman Braud (b), Eva Taylor, Clarence Williams (vcl)
NYC, October 22, 1941
BS 071198-1 Uncle Sammy Here I Am (ET, CW-vcl) IAJRC 52 (LP)
BS 071198-2 Uncle Sammy Here I Am (ET, CW-vcl) BB B-11368

Note: Although discographies list two guitars only one is heard.
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(BBB) JAMES P. JOHNSON: piano solos.
NYC, December 18, 1943
Supervised by Bob Thiele
T-1913 Old Fashioned Love unissued, master no longer exists
T-1914 Blueberry Rhyme Sig 28105
T-1915 Blues For Fats –
T-1916 Over The Bars unissued, master no longer exists
T-1917 Lover, Come Back To Me –
T-1917-1 Lover, Come Back To Me –
T-1917-1 Old Fashioned Love –
T-1918 Indiana –
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ALBUM INDEX
78
Columbia C-130 (37333) Various Artists – Boogie Woogie vol. 2

EP
Columbia (E) SEG 7545 No Title
HMV (E) 7EG 8215 Louisiana Sugar Babies – Treasury of Jazz 50

LP
Classic Jazz Masters CJM15 Clarence Williams And His Washboard band 1933/35
Volume 2
Collector’s Classics 56 Ida Cox 1939-1940
Columbia CL 1780 James P. Johnson – Father Of The Stride Piano
IAJRC 52 James P. Johnson – Watch Me Go
Meritt 5 Various Artists – Red Allen & James P. Johnson
Meritt 13/14 Red Allen – The Avant Garde Years 1927-1941
Meritt 25 Various Artists – Jazz Potpourri Volume Three
20 Collector Gems 1933-1947
Meritt 26 Red Allen – Red Allen And His Friends 1932-1956
Rosetta 1300 Various Artists – Mean Mothers-Independent Women’s
Blues, Vol.1

Produced for release by Scott Wenzel
Executive Producer: Michael Cuscuna
78 transfers: Steven Lasker, Mike Lipskin, Andreas Meyer
Sound restoration and mastering by Andreas Meyer (www.meyer-media.com)

24 bit technology was utilized at all stages of the production of this Mosaic release.

Special thanks: Gina Aciares, Mark Barresford, Mark Borowsky, Colin Bray, Adriana Cuervo, Tad Hershorn, Mike Lipskin, Dan Morgenstern, Joel O’Sickey, Michael Panico, Phil Schaap, Andy Stein, Elizabeth Surles, Henry Townes and Pim Ziegelaar.

78s provided by: Sherwin Dunner, The Institute of Jazz Studies, Brad Kay, Steven Lasker, Joe Lauro, John Leifert, Mike Lipskin, Joel O’Sickey, Jim Prohaska, Tom Saunders, Henry Schmidt, Russ Shor and Scott Wenzel.

Vault research: Scott Wenzel

Producer’s Note: The vision of this set was to present all of the sessions led by Johnson now owned by Sony Music plus any sideman sessions where there’s a solo of some length or a worthy obbligato by Johnson.

Discographies list the Ethel Waters session of August 23, 1928 and the Clara Smith session of September 4, 1929 as having James P. Johnson as an accompanist. However, the Waters session has both J.C. Johnson and Clarence Williams as being present and for the Smith session it is believed to be another pianist who has not been positively identified. The Clarence Williams date of January 15, 1930 is also a questionable James P. Johnson entry and is not included here. The sides led by Yank Lawson and Eddie Condon on Signature offer some solo space for Johnson but due to space limitations they are not included here.

Although the sound quality of these sessions will differ from track to track, we have made every effort to obtain the best possible source material, whether it be the original metal parts, test pressings or commercially released 78s. Therefore, the CDs in this package include a variety of sources. Of particular interest is the unissued material from the Ida Cox date (Session ZZ) where we had access to Phil Schaap’s reel to reel tape that was a dub of the original 16” lacquer disc. We also found that with Session (YY) there were problems with the original cutting machine that caused speed issues with the beginning of most of the performances.

Listed below is a listing of sources used for this release. P refers to a positive (clockwise spinning) metal part while N refers to a negative (counterclockwise spinning) metal part. T refers to a test pressing. RTR refers to a ¼” reel to reel tape. All other sources come from the original 78s unless otherwise noted and are identified by their label and catalog number.

(A) LAVINIA TURNER AND JAS. P. JOHNSON’S HARMONY SEVEN
69358-2 He Took It Away From Me PA 020627
69359-3 If I Were Your Daddy PA 020627
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(B) LAVINIA TURNER AND JOHNSON’S HARMONY SEVEN
69397-1 When The Rain Turns Into Snow Per 12039
69398-? Who’ll Drive Your Blues Away? Per 12039 ________________________________________________________________________
(C) JAMES P. JOHNSON
S-70-259-D Keep Off The Grass N
S-70-260-C Carolina Shout N
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(D) LAVINIA TURNER
69521-1 Watch Me Go PA 020705
69522-1 You Never Miss A Good Thing… PA 020705
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(E) JAMES P. JOHNSON’S HARMONY EIGHT
S-70-350-B Dear Old Southland Arcadia 2009 (LP)
S-70-351-C Bandana Days Arcadia 2009 (LP)
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(F) JAMES P. JOHNSON
81099-1 Weeping Blues T
81099-2 Weeping Blues Col A 3950
81100-2 Worried And Lonesome Blues Col A 3950
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(G) JAMES P. JOHNSON
B-28196-4 You Can’t Do What My Last Man Did Vic 19123
B-28197-6 Bleeding Hearted Blues Vic 19123
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(H) JIMMY JOHNSON
S-71-741-A Scouting Around OK 4937
S-71-742-A Toddlin’ OK 4937
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(I) SADIE JACKSON
w142889-6 Original Black Bottom Dance Col 14181-D
w142890-5 Nobody Worries ‘Bout Me Col 14181-D
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(J) BESSIE SMITH
w143490-2 Preachin’ The Blues N
w143491-1 Back Water Blues N
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(K) JIMMY JOHNSON
w143531-5 All That I Had Is Gone Col 14204-D
w143532-6 Snowy Morning Blues Col 14204-D
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(L) ORIGINAL JAZZ HOUNDS
w143658-3 Lucy Long Col 14207-D
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(M) BESSIE SMITH
w143735-3 Sweet Mistreater Col 14260-D
w143736-3 Lock And Key Col 14232-D
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(N) ROSA HENDERSON
107545-? Black Snake Moan Document DOCD-5654 (CD)
107545-A Black Snake Moan IAJRC 52 (LP)
107546-A Fortune Teller Blues IAJRC 52 (LP)
unk. mtx Gay Catin’ Daddy Per 134
unk. mtx I’m Savin’ It All For You Per 134
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(O) JOHNSON’S JAZZERS
w144621-2 Skiddle De Scow Col 14247-D
w144622-2 Can I Get It Now? Col 14247-D
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(P) LOUISIANA SUGAR BABES
BVE 42566-3 Willow Tree T
BVE 42566-1 Willow Tree Vic 21348
BVE 42567-2 ‘Sippi P
BVE 42567-1 ‘Sippi Vic 21348
BVE 42568-1 Thou Swell BB B10260
BVE 42568-2 Thou Swell Vic 21346
BVE 42569-1 Persian Rug Vic 21346
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(Q) MARTHA COPELAND
w146417-1 Somethin’ Goin’ On Wrong Col 14352-D
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(R) MARTHA COPELAND
w146420-3 Desert Blues Col 14352-D
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(S) JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
w146539-3 Chicago Blues Col 14334-D
w146540-1 Mournful Tho’ts Col 14334-D
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(T) CLARENCE WILLIAMS
w146761-3 My Woman Done Me Wrong Col 14341-D
w146762-3 Farm Hand Papa Col 14341-D
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(U) ROY EVANS
w146811-2 So Sorry Col 2257-D
w146812-3 Syncopated Yodelin’ Man Col 1559-D
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(V) ETHEL WATERS
w146871-1 Lonesome Swallow Col 14411-D
w146872-2 Guess Who’s In Town N
w146873-1 My Handy Man N
w146874-2 Do What You Did Last Night N
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(W) ROY EVANS
w146942-2 Jazbo Dan And His Yodelin’ Band Col 1559-D
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(X) JIMMY JOHNSON
401565-B Riffs N
401566-A Feelin’ Blue N
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(Y) JIMMY JOHNSON & HIS BAND
w148015-1 Put Your Mind Right On It Col 14417-D
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(Z) JIMMY JOHNSON & HIS BAND
w148108-3 Fare Thee Honey Blues Col 14417-D
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(AA) BESSIE SMITH
w148902-2 He’s Got Me Goin’ N
w148904-1 It Makes My Love Come Down P ________________________________________________________________________
(BB) CLARA SMITH
w148994-2 Oh! Mister Mitchell Col 14536-D
w148995-3 Where Is My Man? Col 14536-D
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(CC) BESSIE SMITH
w149074-3 Wasted Life Blues Col 14476-D
w149075-1 Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues Col 14476-D
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(DD) BESSIE SMITH
w149134-3 Blue Spirit Blues M
w149135-3 Worn Out Papa Blues M
w149136-2 You Don’t Understand Col 14487-D
w149137-2 Don’t Cry Baby Col 14487-D
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(EE) KING OLIVER AND HIS ORCHESTRA
BVE 57528-1 I Want You Just Myself N
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(FF) JIMMIE JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
BVE 57701-2 You Don’t Understand Vic V-38099
BVE 57702-2 You’ve Got To Be Modernistic Vic V-38099
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(GG) CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ WASHBOARD BAND
w403280-C You Don’t Understand N
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(HH) EVA TAYLOR
BVE 57782-2 What Makes Me Love You So? Document DOCD-5654 (CD)
BVE 57783-1 You Don’t Understand Document DOCD-5654 (CD)
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(II) GREAT DAY NEW ORLEANS SINGERS
w403533-B You’ve Got To Be Modernistic OK 8755
w403534-B Shout On OK 8755
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(JJ) LONNIE JOHNSON & SPENCER WILLIAMS
w403596-C Once Or Twice N

LONNIE JOHNSON AND CLARENCE WILLIAMS
w403598-B Wipe It Off P
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(KK) JAMES P. JOHNSON & CLARENCE WILLIAMS
w149951-1 How Could I Be Blue ? Col 14502-D
w149952-2 I’ve Found A New Baby Col 14502-D
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(LL) LONNIE JOHNSON & CLARENCE WILLIAMS
w403749-B The Dirty Dozen N
w403750-A Keep It To Yourself N
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(MM) TEDDY BUNN – SPENCER WILLIAMS
BVE 62178-2 Goose And Gander Vic 38602
BVE 62179-2 The New Goose And Gander Vic 38617
BVE 62180-2 Clean It Out Vic 38602
BVE 61281-1 Blow It Up Vic 38617
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(NN) BESSIE SMITH & THE BESSEMER SINGERS
w150574-4 On Revival Day Col 14538-D
w150575-4 Moan [You] Mourners Col 14538-D
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(OO) JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
w151457-2 Go Harlem Col 2448-D
w151459-2 A Porter’s Love Song Col 14668-D
w151460-3 Just A Crazy Song Col 2448-D
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(PP) ROSA HENDERSON
w151739-1 Doggone Blue Col 14627-D
w151740-1 Can’t Be Bothered With No Sheik Col 14627-D
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(QQ) CLARENCE WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA
14423-1 Looka-There, Ain’t She Pretty IAJRC 52 (LP)
14423-2 Looka-There, Ain’t She Pretty N
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(RR) CLARENCE WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA
14571-2 On The Sunny Side Of The Street CJM (Sd) 15 (LP)
14571-1 On The Sunny Side Of The Street Voc 2630
14572-1 Won’t You Come Over And Say “Hello” Voc 2718
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(SS) CLARENCE WILLIAMS & HIS ORCHESTRA
14804-1 I Got Horses And Got Numbers On My Mind Voc 2654
14806-1 Let’s Have A Showdown Voc 2759
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(TT) CLARENCE WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA
15400-2 I’m Getting My Bonus In Love N
15400-1 I’m Getting My Bonus In Love Voc 2889
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(UU) MEZZ MEZZROW AND ORCHESTRA
BS-028988-1 Revolutionary Blues P
BS-028989-1 Comin’ On With The Come On (Pt. 1) P
BS-028990-1 Comin’ On With The Come On (Pt. 2) P
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(VV) FRANKIE NEWTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
BS-031460-1 Rosetta p
BS-031461-2 Minor Jive P
BS-031462-1 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise P
BS-031463-1 Who? N
BS-031464-1 The Blues My Baby Gave To Me T
BS-031464-2 The Blues My Baby Gave To Me T
BS-031465-1 Rompin’ (Rompin’ At Victor) N
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(WW) JIMMY JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
W 24205-2 Harlem Woogie Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24205-1 Harlem Woogie N
W 24206-1 Hungry Blues N
W 24207-2 Back Water Blues Meritt 13/14 (LP)
W 24207-1 Back Water Blues N
W 24208-1 He’s Mine, All Mine N
W 24209-1 After Tonight P
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(XX) JAMES P. JOHNSON
W 24757-B If Dreams Come True N
W 24757-A If Dreams Come True Col CL 1780 (LP)
W 24758-A Fascination N
W 24759-A A Flat Dream N
W 24760-A The Mule Walk P
W 24761-A Lonesome Reverie P
W 24762-A Blueberry Rhyme P
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(YY) JAMES P. JOHNSON AND HIS ORCH
W 24776-1 Memories Of You N
W 24776-2 Memories Of You Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24777-1 Old Fashioned Love P
W 24777-2 Old Fashioned Love Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24778 (complete take #1) Swingin’ At The Lido Meritt 26 (LP)
W 24778 (BD) Swingin’ At The Lido Meritt 26 (LP)
W 24778-1 (complete take #2) Swingin’ At The Lido N
W 24778-2 (complete take #3) Swingin’ At The Lido Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24779-3 (complete take #1) Havin’ A Ball Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24779-1 (complete take #2) Havin’ A Ball N
W 24779-2 (complete take #3) Havin’ A Ball Meritt 5 (LP)
W 24779-4 (complete take #4) Havin’ A Ball Meritt 26 (LP)
W 24780-1 Hungry Blues N
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(ZZ) IDA COX ACC. BY HER ALL-STAR BAND
W 25509 (rehearsal and BD #1) Deep Sea Blues RTR
W 25509 (complete take #1) Deep Sea Blues RTR
W 25509-2 (complete take #2) Deep Sea Blues T
W 25509 (BD #2) Deep Sea Blues RTR
W 25509-1 (complete take #3) Deep Sea Blues P
W 25510 (complete take #1) Death Letter Blues RTR
W 25510 (complete take #2) Death Letter Blues RTR
W 25510 (BD) Death Letter Blues RTR
W 25510-2 (complete take #3) Death Letter Blues Meritt 5 (LP)
W 25510-1 (complete take #4) Death Letter Blues T
W 25511 (complete take #1) One Hour Mama Ros 1300 (LP)
W 25511 (BD #1) One Hour Mama RTR
W 25511 (complete take #2) One Hour Mama RTR
W 25511 (BD #2) One Hour Mama RTR
W 25511-2 (complete take #3) One Hour Mama P
W 25511-1 (complete take #4) One Hour Mama T
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(AAA) CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ BLUE FIVE
BS 071198-1 Uncle Sammy Here I Am IAJRC 52 (LP)
BS 071198-2 Uncle Sammy Here I Am P
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(BBB) JAMES P. JOHNSON
T-1914 Blueberry Rhyme Sig 28105
T-1915 Blues For Fats Sig 28105
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