Inspired by his five-month trip across Canada in 1969, Norman Symonds’ “Big Lonely” – an ode to the Canadian hobo – was the result of a “creative watershed”. This 1975 recording was performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for Radio Canada International.
Recorded in 1951, this classic 78 is backed by some tasty Latin rhythms.
The best track from their failed 1973 debut with Atlantic records (after leaving Liberty records).
Vocalists of the 20s and 30s, including Mamie Smith, Gertrude Saunders, Edith Wilson, Monette Moore, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Victoria Spivey, Gladys Bentley, Alberta Hunter, Clara Smith, Mattie Hite, Lena Wilson, Billie Holiday, and Dell St. John.
An excellent document of the music scene of uptown NYC in the 1920s and 1930s.
Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Johnny Griffin, tenor sax; Kenny Drew, piano; Niels Pederson, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums; Humberto Canto, congas.
Demos, outtakes, and live recordings from 1964-1969.
4 songs from their unreleased 2002 demo EP.
5 great songs from one of St. Louis’ finest, yet most obscure blues artists.