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Mary, Don’t You Weep

1920's

Mary, Don’t You Weep

Mary, Don't You Weep - 1920's

A field recording from an unknown band recorded singing “Mary Don’t You Weep” shot in the 1920’s. Oh, Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn Oh, Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn Pharaoh’s army got drowned-ed. Oh, Mary, don’t weep Oh, Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn. Oh, Mary, don’t you weep, don’t […]

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Take Me Back to Oklahoma

1940

Take Me Back to Oklahoma

Feature Film: Take Me Back to Oklahoma - 1940

  Bob Wills’ feature film debut including performances with Leon McAuliffe and Tex Ritter. Bob Wills is one of the most important musicians in the history of 20th century country music. The King of Western Swing, Wills’ songs have become an influential part of the repertoire of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, […]

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Hawaiian Hula Song

1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song

Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar - 1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During the last third of the song, the rhythm picks up, becoming swingy. Where Hawaiian traditional and American Jazz meet, practically western swing.  

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Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny

1920's

Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny

Bela Lam & Family: Poor Little Benny - 1920's

Virginia native Zanddervon Beliah Lamb, renamed Bela Lam by Okeh Records, performs the song Poor Little Benny with wife Rose Meadows. With Bela’s brother-in-law Paul and son Alva, they became local favorites near the Blue Ridge Mountain region in the 1920’s, eventually being called to New York City to record six songs. Influenced by the […]

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Martha Davis & Her Spouse

1950's

Martha Davis & Her Spouse

Martha Davis & Her Spouse - 1950's

It’s clear that Martha Davis wears the pants in this relationship. Influenced by the great Fats Waller, she and her husband, bassist Calvin Ponder, who would later play with Earl Hines, performed in nightclubs across Chicago.

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Gordon Terry: It Ain’t Right

1959

Gordon Terry: It Ain’t Right

Gordon Terry: It Ain't Right - 1950's

Gordon Terry performs his hit song ‘It Ain’t Right’ live, backed by the great Billy Mize and the equally talented Cliff Crofford. Another clip documenting the birth of authentic rockabilly.

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Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

1940

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You - 1940's

Louis Jordan performs “How Long Must I Wait for You” with his Timpany Five. Considered by some to be no more than a long running novelty act, back in the day he battled Chick Webb and conceived lyrics with wit that rivals Dylan or any modern-day rapper.

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Whistler’s Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed

1929

Whistler’s Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed

Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin' Bed - 1929

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to R Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country. They recorded at least twenty-one songs between 1924 and 1931. The names of the musicians remain unknown.    

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