Mound City Blue Blowers

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The Mound City Blue Blowers take their name from St. Louis’s nick name, “Mound City.” (At the time of its founding, St. Louis was home to a few dozen Native American mounds, only one of which remains today.) The Mound City Blue Blowers’ founding members were: Red McKenzie (comb and tissue paper), Dick Slevin (kazoo), Jack Bland (banjo), and Frank “Josh” Billings, (suitcase played with foot and whisk brooms). The Brunswick recording below — “Arkansaw Blues/Blue Blues” — was their first. Members of the group went on to record with many jazz greats, including Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Coleman Hawkins. More about their career and recordings at Wikipedia.

The Recordings

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 record label Group: Mound City Blue Blowers
Label: Brunswick Matrix Number: Brunswick (2602)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 3/14/1924
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 record label Group: Mound City Blue Blowers
Label: Columbia Matrix Number: Columbia (2602)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: 3/14/1924
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Blue Blues

 record label Group: Mound City Blue Blowers
Label: Brunswick Matrix Number: Brunswick (2581)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 23, 1924
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Arkansaw Blues

 record label Group: Mound City Blue Blowers
Label: Brunswick Matrix Number: Brunswick (2581)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 23, 1924
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