Zeke Manners and his Swing Billies recorded four sides (all issued) for Irving Mills’s Variety label in March 1937…the instrumentation is a bit complex, so I’ll list it exactly the way it is listed in Russell’s Country Discography:
M-242-1 Organ Grinder’s Swing Zeke Manners and his Swing Billies Variety VA 640 –1, 3, 5, 8
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M-243-1 Blow The Whistle Zeke Manners and his Swing Billies Variety VA 640 –2, 4, 6, 7, 8
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NYC March 1937: Zeke Manners, piano-accordion –1; unknown, electric steel guitar; unknown, guitar; unknown, string bass; unknown, ocarina –2; unknown, bazooka or slide whistle; possibly unknown, xylophone –3; possibly unknown, washboard – 4; unknown, traps -5; unknown, bell –6; unknown, train whistle effect –7; Band, vocal and speech.
Members of the band are addressed on Mx M-242 as Ed, Hank, Bob, Bill and Ace. Hank appears to play the bazooka or slide whistle, and Ed may play electric steel guitar.
For what it’s worth, the other two sides in the session may have Elton Britt’s yodeling on them.
Arty Hall and His Radio Rubes did two sessions for ARC in 1937, six were recorded at the first session and all were issued. The second session produced six more sides, but only one was issued.
21495-1 Conversation With a Mule Arty Hall and His Radio Rubes Melotone 7-12-54
NYC 11 August 1937: Arty Hall, speech; unknown, fiddle; unknown, accordion; unknown, guitar. (link killed 23 February 2009 - Downloaded 40 times)
21830-2 Sara Jane Arty Hall and His Radio Rubes Melotone 7-12-54
NYC 8 October 1937: Arty Hall, two unknown, vocal trio; unknown, fiddle; unknown, accordion; unknown, guitar; unknown, harmonica & Jews harp.
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I think these sides are rather fun, in a Hoosier Hot Shots vein...light novelty fare without the bombast that Spike Jones would offer in a few years.
Oh...before I get any nasty comments, I do like Spike, and have a couple of unusual items that I'll post sometime in the future.
Shoooot...I'd settle for any comments, actually. I've had only one (from a friend) since I launched this furshlugginer blog......
(My labels scanned by my good friend, neighbor, and fellow 78-L member...you know who you are. Many, many thanks!)