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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.