[Dixielandjazz] Mystery LP

Don Ingle dingle at nomadinter.net
Mon Sep 1 23:23:31 PDT 2008

Bill Haesler wrote:
> Dear friends,
> This is a long shot, as I've tried all the usual avenues without success.
> 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,
> Bill.
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Or possibly L.A. as some of the West Coasties made alot of LP's made for 
sale in drug stores and places you wouldn't expect, ad have been 
shuffled around in several differrnt anthologise. Clyde Hurly made a 
few. as did Nappy LAMare, Fatool, even MAtty and Eddie Miller. I;ve got 
a couple of these in some shelves in a dark place waiting fro me to 
sprign for a new turntable so I can play them. There were even a fee 
side made by a few of the Pete Kelly's Blues players unfder a no-name 
band and off beeat one shot lable.
Don Ingle

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