Song Du Jour: “Blue Yodel No. 9”

Jimmy Rodgers and Satchmo; gotta love it.🙂

Uncouth Reflections

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

Ralph Peer — record producer, recording engineer, and talent scout — is one of the most influential men in the history of American music. Not only did he supervise the recording of Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues,” the song credited with kicking off America’s blue craze, he discovered Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, two of the most important acts in the history of country music AND he signed Louis Armstrong to his first record deal as bandleader, a contract that produced the legendary Hot Fives and Sevens. Despite these accomplishments, Peer never cared for blues, jazz, or country music, dismissing them as “hillbilly and nigger stuff.”

This song, recorded in Los Angeles in 1930, is the result of a session put together by Peer when he was producing country songs for Victor Records. Jimmie Rodgers, the father of country music, is backed up by Louis…

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