[Dixielandjazz] Preacher Rollo

Dan Augustine ds.augustine@mail.utexas.edu
Sun, 22 Sep 2002 16:01:41 -0500

     OK, here's something perhaps appropriate for a quiet Sunday: a 
couple of weeks ago i drove down to San Antonio to go to a rare-LP's 
store called Alamo Records and Sheet Music, run by Will Day in the 
basement of an antiques store called Echoes from the Past (517 E. 
Houston St.).  He has thousands of old vinyl records, including jazz.
     I came back with a number of dixieland records, including a 
ten-inch record without the cardboard jacket.  It was Dixieland 
Favorites by Preacher Rollo and the Five Saints (MGM E95). It turned 
out to be pretty interesting, but i didn't know who Preacher Rollo 
was (never heard of him before), so i went sniffing onto the web and 
found out a little about him on the American Big Bands Biographies 
(  Does anyone know who actually 
played on this particular recording, and/or anything else about this 
band?  I was especially intrigued by one song they did called 
"Tronbonium", which sounds almost exactly like the rendition that the 
Assunto Dukes of Dixieland do on one of their later albums.
     I also picked up another ten-inch record without a jacket by 
George Girard and His New Orleans Five (side 1) paired with Jack 
Delaney and His New Orleans Jazz Babies (Southland S-LP-201), which 
is also pretty good, especially Delaney's trombone style.  I think i 
can hear Freddy Assunto echoing it later.
     Other records i got included Santo and His New Orleans Rhythm 
Kings on Southland S-LP 213, Midnight on Bourbon Street by Sharkey 
and His Kings of Dixieland (Capitol T367) with Lizzie Miles, and an 
LP by a group (wearing red-and-white striped jackets and straw hats) 
called The Southern Comforts--don't ask; the uniform should have told 
me what they sound like.
     Anyway, does anyone know any more about Preacher Rollo?  Thanks.

**  Dan Augustine    Austin, Texas   ds.augustine@mail.utexas.edu     **
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