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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lonesome Jimmy Blues - Jack (John) Erby

Jack Erby was born in 1902 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was an accomplished pianist, and recorded sessions with Lonnie Johnson, Victoria Spivey. In 1926 he recorded four sides as a soloist. Two were issued under the name Jack Erby and the other two as John Erby. This was one of the songs issued under the name John. Erby wasn't exactly a three chord kind of guy, his piano playing incorporated a lot of jazz inflections. Some of his other recordings could barely be considered as blues. Erby disappeared from the recording scene sometime in the early 30's. JOHN was probably his correct name though having recorded for Columbia under the name of Jack, this later corrected to John. Erby recorded for Paramount, Columbia and OKeh. He used SIX different pseudonyms, even GUY SMITH on Paramount 12806. He recorded 6 piano solos: 2 Paramounts(1929), 4 Columbias(1926), not four as given. He (probably) recorded with Johnny Dodds and Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Trixie Smith, Edmonia Henderson, Sodarisa Miller recorded his compositions. He recorded with Lonnie Johnson and Victoria Spivey providing a few of his own compositions. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

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  1. Hello Bman, Erby is, though being a rather capable pianoplayer, rather unknown to most jazzcollectors. Thus my thanks to you mentioning him. But may I add a few details. JOHN was probably his correct name though having recorded for Columbia under the name of Jack, this later corrected to John. Erby recorded for Paramount, Columbia and OKeh. He used SIX different pseudonyms, even GUY SMITH on Paramount 12806. He recorded 6 piano solos: 2 Paramounts(1929), 4 Columbias(1926), not four as given. He (probably) recorded with Johnny Dodds and Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Trixie Smith, Edmonia Henderson, Sodarisa Miller recorded his compositions. He recorded with Lonnie Johnson and Victoria Spivey providing a few of his own compositions. Monette Moore is NOT among those singers he accompanied. Any question? Answer to bhbehncke@eibe-computer.de
    Keep collecting (and hearing) record! Regards BHB

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    1. Thank you very much for your very important contribution. I really appreciate the assistance.

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      Bman

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