Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, November 6, 2014


From September 1917, this is one of the earliest (and, perhaps, the earliest) known recordings of W. C. Handy's "The St. Louis Blues."  The recording group, with the very unfortunate name Ciro's Coon Club Orchestra, was an African-American band that played at Ciro's Club in London (at the corner of Orange Street and Charing Cross Road) during World War I.  Members of the orchestra were Ferdie Allen (banjoline), S. Edwards (bass), Seth Jones (vocals), Vance Lowry (banjo), Harry Pollard (drums), and Walter Kildare (piano).  The orchestra recorded 29 songs from August 1916 through September 1917.

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