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1920 to 1929


 01 Avalon - Al Jolson 1920

 02 April Showers - Al Jolson 1921

 03 Muscle Shoals Blues - Fats Waller 1922

 04 Charleston - Arthur Gibbs & His Gang 1923

 05 King Porter Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton 1923

 06 California, Here I Come! - Al Jolson 1924

 07 See See Rider Blues - Ma Rainey with Louis Armstrong 1924

 08 If  You Knew  Susie (Like I Know Susie ) - Eddie Cantor 1925

 09 Maple Leaf Rag - The Halfway House (Dance) Orchestra 1925  

 10 St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong 1925

 11 Muskrat Ramble - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five 1926

 12 Original Jelly Roll Blues

                   - Jelly Roll Morton & The Red Hot Peppers 1926

 13 Some Of  These Days

                         - Sophie Tucker with Ted Lewis & His Band 1926

 14 Someone To Watch Over Me - Gertrude Lawrence 1926

 15 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo - Duke Ellington 1927

 16 I Ain’t Got Nobody - Sophie Tucker & Miff Mole’s Molers 1927

 17 Me and My Shadow - “Whispering” Jack Smith 1927

 18 Mr. Jelly Lord - Jelly Roll Morton & The Red Hot Peppers 1927

 19 Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

                                                                        - Bessie Smith 1927

 20 Rhapsody In Blue - Paul Whiteman & His Concert Orchestra

                                                                   ft. George Gershwin 1927

 21 Dreaming Blues - Willie Reed 1928

 22 Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)

              - Bing Crosby with The Dorsey Brothers Orchetra 1928

 23 Love Me Or Leave Me - Ruth Etting 1928

At the turn of the century music halls and vaudeville theatres provided the soundtrack of the times with ragtime proving popular in the late 1800s and by the 1900s jazz was becoming popular in the dancehalls and speakeasies.  The influences of New Orleans was producing what became known as Dixieland (popularised by King Oliver and others) and later as Trad.

By the end of 1918, Germany and the Allies ended the fighting in World War 1, when the armistice was signed. At the start of 1919 the US Congress prohibited the sale of alcohol bringing in Prohibition and the early years were a period of growth and prosperity until the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

The 1920s was often referred to as the ‘Roaring 20s’ and ‘The Jazz Age’.  New music styles were introduced and jazz became a popular form of music. Apart from the dancehalls and speakeasies, radio and theatres were becoming influential.

Many artists proved influential on the jazz scene including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton. Female singers like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Sophie Tucker were bringing their powerhouse vocals in front of the bands of the day.

I have started with a couple of Al Jolson numbers as he was the best known vocalist at the time.  As the first jazz arranger, Jelly Roll Morton appears throughout the early years of the decade. The Blues, Country, Folk and early crooners are featured as well as Jazz throughout the decade. Check out the ‘New Orleans Pt.1’ selection in the Programs tab for more early jazz tracks.


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 24 Makin’ Whoopee! - Eddie Cantor 1928

 25 Ol’ Man River - Paul Robeson 1928

 26 One Way Gal - William Moore 1928

 27 Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie

                                              - Clarence “Pine Top” Smith 1928

 28 Somebody Stole My Gal - Bix Beiderbecke 1928

 29 Stack O’Lee - Mississippi John Hurt 1928

 30 T For Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) - Jimmie Rodgers 1928

 31 Thou Swell - Bix Beiderbecke 1928

 32 Toot, Toot Tootsie - Al Jolson 1928

 33 Two Time Blues - Arthur Petties 1928

 34 West End Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five 1928

 35 Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family 1928

 36 Blue Blood Blues - Blind Willie Dunn’s Gin bottle Four 1929

 37 Burnin’ The Iceberg

                         - Jelly Roll Morton & The Red Hot Peppers 1929

 38 Down On Pennsylvania Avenue - Bertha Idaho 1929

 39 Hastings Street - Blind Blake & Charlie Spand 1929

 40 Honey - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees 1929

 41 I’m A Mighty Tight Woman - Sippie Thomas 1929

 42 My Daddy Rocks Me

                                  - Tampa Red’s Hokum Jug Band 1929

 43 Poor Boy Blues - Roosevelt Sykes 1929

 44 Roll & Tumble Blues - Hambone Willie Newbern 1929

 45 Singin’ In The Rain - Cliff Edwards (a.k.a. Ukelele Ike) 1929

 46 Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael 1929

 47 When The Levee Breaks - Memphis Minnie 1929