[Dixielandjazz] Mystery LP

Bill Haesler bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Mon Sep 1 20:31:05 PDT 2008

Dear friends,
This is a long shot, as I've tried all the usual avenues without  
I have been loaned an LP from the 1960s issued by The Longines  
Symphonette Recording Society.
[An Educational Service of the Longines-Wittnauer Watch Company (USA).]
LWS. 163.   Dixieland Jazz From The Terrific Twenties.
There is no useful useful information on the album sleeve or disc,  
other than the tune titles with composer credits.
Side 1.
The Darktown Strutter's Ball, Wabash Blues, Clarinet Marmalade,  
Johnson Rag, The Wang Wang Blues.
Side 2.
South Rampart Street Parade, Ja Da, When The Saints Go Marching In, At  
The Jazz Band Ball, Tiger Rag.
A standard blurb on the cover mentions [in part]....American family  
music....and that the Longines Symphonette has served to bring music  
of all kinds into the American home on a carefully planed basis. . .
However, the inner protective sleeve has: Made in England with two  
British Patent Nos.
The music is slick, very professional, is good swinging jazz (arranged).
The instrumentation is: a Billy Butterfield style trumpet, McGarity- 
like trombone, clarinet, piano, trad banjo, bass and a Ray McKinley  
parade type drummer.
The competent studio dixieland band could be from either the UK (very  
possible) or New York.
Over to you.
Kind regards,

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