Sun 1 Nov 2015
|Jim Jackson||My Monday Blues||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Blind Blake||Wabash Rag||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Charlie Kyle||Walking Blues||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Jed Davenport||Beale Street Breakdown||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Jaydee Short||Tar Road Blues||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Jaydee Short||Flaggin’ It To Georgia||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Willie Brown||M & O Blues||Blues Images Vol. 3|
|Willie Brown||Future Blues||Masters of the Delta Blues|
|King Solomon Hill||My Buddy, Blind Papa Lemon||Blues Images Vol. 2|
|Son House||Mississippi County Farm Blues||Blues Images Vol. 2|
|Hattie Hyde||Special Question||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Hattie Hyde||T & N O Blues||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Charlie McCoy||Country Guy Blues||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Charlie McCoy||Boogie Woogie||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Blind Lemon Jefferson||See That My Grave's Kept Clean||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Blind Lemon Jefferson||’Lectric Chair Blues||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Blind Willie Johnson||When The War Was On||Blues Images Vol. 13|
|Blind Joe Reynolds||Ninety-Nine Blues||Blues Images Vol. 2|
Today's program revolves around record collector John Tefteller who's record collection contains some of the rarest blues 78's in existence. I spoke with John a couple of weeks back and I'll be airing the interview today. According to his website he has the world's largest inventory of blues, rhythm & blues and rock & roll 78's with over 75,000 in stock. Every year around this time Tefteller, through his Blues Images imprint, publishes his Classic Blues Artwork Calendar with a companion CD that matches the artwork with the songs. The CD’s have also been one of the main places that newly discovered blues 78’s turn up. This year marks the thirteenth year of the calendar and CD's and once again Tefteller has turned up newly discovered sides which I'll be featuring today. Among those are newly discovered sides by J.D Short, Charlie McCoy and Hattie Hyde. Several years ago Tefteller uncovered a huge cache of Paramount promotional material. Paramount marketed their "race records", as they were called, to African-Americans, most notably in the pages of the Chicago Defender, the weekly African-American newspaper, and sent promotional material to record stores and distributors. In later years they created artwork to advertise their records for mail order. Tefteller bought a huge cache of this artwork from a pair of journalists who rescued them from the rubbish heap some twenty years previously and has been reprinting the artwork in his annual calendars. This year's calendar contains some great ads and fabulous photos, some not seen before. Check out Tefteller's website Blues Images for more details.
Tefteller's reissue are not only noteworthy for the newly discovered records but also for the quality of the mastering which make these old, often battered 78's sound so good. In the past the mastering was done by Richard Nevins of Yazoo records.This time out a brand new method has been used to make these records sound even better. The method is a mix of using old equipment and new computer technology. If you want to know more you'll need to listen to the interview. This technology will also be used in a series to air on PBS and BBC called American Epic which will be devoted to early American music.
Among the newly discovered 78's are records by Jaydee Short, Charlie McCoy and Hattie Hyde. Eighty-four years after it was recorded and originally released, J.D. Short's, Paramount 13091, "Tar Road Blues" b/ w "Flagin' It To Georgia" has been found. As Tefteller said: "It turned up shoved into the back of an old Victrola record player cabinet along with a stack of other Blues records from the same time period." To other other 78's by Short have yet to be found: "Steamboat Rousty" b/w "Gittin' Up On The Hill" and "Drafted Mama" b/w "Wake Up Bright Eye Mama" both recorded at the same Paramount session in 1930. Singer Hattie Hyde cut one record in Dallas in 1929 for Victor with backing from an unknown guitarist and harmonica player. Tefteller attributed the record to Memphis singer Hattie Hart backed by the Memphis Jug Band but this appears to be incorrect. It's still a fine record that's never been heard since it was released so nothing to complain about. The Charlie McCoy 78, "Country Guy Blues" b/w "Boogie Woogie" is also a one-of-the-kind record and a typically excellent one by McCoy.
The rest of today's playlist is all made up from 78's from Tefteller's collection. From his latest CD we hear classic tracks by Jim Jackson, Blind Blake, Charlie Kyle, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Willie Brown and others. Speaking of Kyle, there's a fabulous photo of him in the calendar that's has not been published before. Kyle played 12-string guitar and was said to have been from Texas where he may have traveled to Memphis in 1928 along with female blues singers Bessie Tucker and Ida Mae Mack to record. Six of his songs were recorded, only four were issued. One of the two Jefferson songs played today is his "See That My Grave's Kept Clean" which Son House used the melody for on his 1930 recording of "Mississippi County Farm Blues" also featured today and discovered several years back. Other records played today are something of a greatest hits of Tefteller's past discoveries including legendary sides by Blind Joe Reynolds, King Solomon Hill and others.