Sunday, November 30, 2008

St. Louis Blues


No, another "St. Louis Blues", recorded by Al Bernard and The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Al Bernard, "the boy from Dixie", was a recording artist from the vaudeville era. He was one of the most famous blackface performers in the days of minstrel shows, so was something of a pariah to the politically correct and those sensitive about racial issues.
His work has been reappraised by music historians who feel a link exists between the minstrel show styles and western swing music.

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band billed themselves as "The Creators of Jazz", but were often dismissed as "the White guys who copied African-American music, and called it their own" (sound familiar?).

"St. Louis Blues" (1921):

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