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The History of Rhythm & Blues Volume One 1925-1942


Repress of this long-deleted box set. The History of Rhythm & Blues series of CDs is the first attempt to put together a comprehensive cross-label compilation showcasing the most important and influential records in the rise of rhythm & blues. Volume One investigates the links between country blues and spirituals, jug bands and hokum, piano boogie-woogie, ragtime and jazz, urban blues and gospel, after hours, swing boogie and jive. R&B is defined as the accidental synthesis of jazz, gospel, blues, ragtime, country, pop and Latin into a definable form of black music, influencing all popular music from the 1950s to the present day. Other useful definitions include Robert Palmer's in Rock & Roll: An Unruly History, as "a catchall rubric used to refer to any music that was made by and for black Americans," or Chip Deffaa's in Blue Rhythms as "popular music that arose in black communities after the swing era and before the arrival of the Beatles." Includes an illustrated 32-page booklet includes detailed sleeve notes with track-by-track commentary on each song.

Features Jelly Roll Morton, Lovie Austin And Her Blues Serenaders, King Oliver, Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra, Lonnie Johnson, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Muggsy Spanier, Clarence "Pine Top" Smith, Cow Cow Davenport, Blind Roosevelt Graves And Brother, Leroy Carr, Speckled Red, Little Brother Montgomery, Rufus & Ben Quillian, Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, The Mills Brothers, Three Keys, Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Roosevelt Sykes, The Harlem Hamfats, Lil Johnson, Georgia White, Louie Lasky, Johnnie Temple, Bumble Bee Slim, Bill Gaither, Walter Davis, Jazz Gillum, Elder Otis Jones, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Johnson, Jimmie Gordon, Washboard Sam, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Tampa Red, Big Maceo, Champion Jack Dupree, Memphis Slim, Robert Petway, Doctor Clayton, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings, Jimmy Rushing with Count Basie, Count Basie Orchestra, Benny Goodman Orchestra, Milton Brown, Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Nat King Cole, Three Sharps And A Flat, The Cats & The Fiddle, Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy, Peetie Wheatstraw, Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson, Will Bradley, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Sidney Bechet, Hot Lips Page Orchestra, Lewis Bronzeville Five, Pete Johnson, Jay McShann, Louis Jordan & His Timpani Five, Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy, Ella Mae Morse, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and T-Bone Walker.