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Find of the day: Big Bill Broonzy, V Disc record

February 6, 2016

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Find of the day: Big Bill Broonzy, two songs on a 12 inch 78 rpm V Disc  496 in nice condition. “I Feel So Good” is the song later covered by Muddy Waters – this Big Bill version has great un-named pianist, possibly with first name Horace, as Bill sounds like he says “play it, Horace”. “Tell Me Baby” is an 8 bar tune with excellent trumpet solo. Flip side is “Salt Peanuts”, an extended bebop vocal duet featuring Tiger Haines and Wilson Myers, accompanied by Plink, Plank, and Plunk (the un-named piano, bass, and guitar players).

The above was my first impression of the record. Below is the actual documentation for the Broonzy songs, after I did a bit of research.

Regarding the two Big Bill songs, the documentation is as follows: V-Disc 496: “I Feel So Good” recorded in Chicago on December 2, 1941, has Big Bill of course on guitar and vocal, plus Horace Malcolm on piano, and ‘probably’ Washboard Sam on washboard. “Tell Me Baby” recorded in Chicago March 6, 1942, is Big Bill and his Chicago Five, namely, Big Bill plus Punch Miller on trumpet (no wonder I liked the solo), Buster Bennett on alto, Memphis Slim on piano, and Judge Riley, drums. The same two songs were also issued on Okeh 6688 and Columbia 30007 and then Columbia 37088 (per my Dixon and Godrich Bible).

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