Oddly enough, somebody else has posted a YouTube video of his machine playing a copy of the same record: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezkzCJ4pgvc&feature=related .
Anyway, the Arrival of the Doughnuts was a hol(e)y ritual, as usual...I was allowed to open the first box...
(Notice that this time, the I'm not showing the faces of the other participants...they're hidden to protect their identities...)
Enough of that...I'm drooling.
Here's a special cut for our Pal From Pennsylvania!
Interesting name for a musician...Ham Gravy! It's obviously a pseudonym for Washboard Sam (born Robert Brown), who was under contract to Victor's Bluebird label at the time.
It's been a while since I've given y'all a pair of sides to compare and contrast. Here's a dynamic duo of cuts to enjoy:
Ed played this goodie...a rarely-heard record by the all-but-forgotten Jimmie Gunn Orchestra:
102691-1 The Operator's Special Jimmie Gunn and his Orchestra Bluebird B-6578
The title has nothing to do with surgery or telephones...it's a reference to the jukebox, which was coin-operated. An "operator's special" was a side that was assured to get a lot of play. Sometimes they were called "nickel nabbers."
It's funny, most people who know this record never notice that the same melody pops up around three years later on a Jimmie Lunceford side:
23907-1 Le Jazz Hot Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra Vocalion 4595
This side, by the way, comes from Lunceford's first Vocalion session...he had recorded for Decca since 1934. He returned to Decca in March 1941.
I noticed today that my free Box.net account was full.
Sadly, I've had to remove some of the older files...but I've indicated the number of downloads per deleted file (for the record, of course!).
Hope to have the first of two postings on those seven-inchers soon...