[Dixielandjazz] Milenburg

Roger Wade rwade1947 at comcast.net
Wed Jun 23 17:25:09 PDT 2010

Bill and Pat,

Not a 78, but Kid Ory recorded "Milenberg Joys" (spelling from record  
cover) in Hollywood for the Verve label on December 5, 1961.

The album is Verve V6-8456, "The Kid Ory Story: Storyville Nights -  
The Kid Ory Band Playing Tunes Made Famous by Jelly Roll Morton and  
his Red Hot Peppers".


Kid Ory - Trombone

Bob McCracken - Clarinet

Andy Blakeney - Trumpet

Bob Van Eps - Piano

Johnny St. Cyr - Guitar

Bob Boyack - Bass

Doc Cenardo - Drums

This has long been one of my favorite Ory albums.

Getting back to the song title, in the liner notes by George Hoefer  
he has this to say:

"There was a dance resort known as Milneberg on Lake Pontchartrain  
outside New Orleans.  Morton wrote a stomp rag entitled 'Milneberg  
Joys' in honor of the place where he played as a young man.  He first  
recorded the number in 1923 for Gennett on a New Orleans Rhythm Kings  
date on which he played as a guest pianist.  On the record label the  
tune title was misspelled as 'Milenberg Joys' and down through the  
years it has been called by that name."

For what it's worth.

Best regards,

Roger Wade
Really Old Records






On Jun 23, 2010, at 7:43 PM, Bill Haesler wrote:

> Pat Ladd wrote:
>> I am sure that I had a 78 where the title was spelled `Milneburg  
>> Joys`. Kid Ory if I remember correctly.
> Dear Pat,
> During the jazz revival/reissue era (from the 40s on) well-meaning  
> jazz collectors/record producers often 'corrected' the spelling of  
> tune/song titles.
> Which is why I always check the original 1920s sources.
> Kid Ory was one of them when it came to "Milenberg Joys".
> The first occasion was his 1 December 1953 Good Time Jazz session  
> where the tune title was spelt "Milneberg" on the labels of the 7"  
> EP, 10" LP, 12"LP and CD.
> No 78s from this record date were released.
> Nor of subsequent Ory versions of "Milenberg/Milneberg Joys".
> Sorry a bout that me old.
> It must have been the EP you recall.
> Very kind regards,
> Bill.
> PS: One of my favourite "Milenberg Joys" is the 2-part Victor Tommy  
> rendition from 19 January 1939 with soloists Yank Lawson, Tommy  
> Dorsey, Johnny Mince, Babe Russin and  a driving Dave Tough on  
> drums. A Don Kincaide arrangement.
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