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Tweed 18 Feb 08 - 10:34 AM
ThreeSheds 18 Feb 08 - 10:58 AM
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Subject: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Tweed
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 10:34 AM

Treasure trove of old blues records:


Like a time capsule, this small steamer trunk sat unopened for more than four decades in a trailer park off Poole Road on the east side of Raleigh, North Carolina. Its contents, about one hundred 78 rpm records, still in their original paper sleeves, represent some of the greatest blues artists active during the Great Depression.

The records were bought new in the mid-1930s by a young African-American woman living near Durham, the epicenter of blues activity in the Carolinas. Her favorite bluesman was Blind Boy Fuller, an artist she knew personally, and saw often at local juke joints and house parties. Her collection also includes discs by other Durham luminaries like Floyd "Dipper Boy" Council and Bull City Red. Many of the sleeves are stamped with the names of area record vendors such as the Carolina Music Shop of Chapel Hill and United Dollar Store of Durham, a business then operated by Blind Boy Fuller's manager J.B. Long.

A true blues connoisseur, this woman treasured her records and kept the collection intact until her death in the 1960s. At that time, the steamer trunk went to her son, who locked it away in his Raleigh mobile home. Finally, in 2007, the trunk and its contents again saw the light of day when the son cleaned house, getting ready for a move to an assisted living facility. A telephone tip and subsequent negotiations led to the acquisition of the collection by Old Hat Records.

The collection includes outstanding records by St. Louis bluesman Charley Jordan, Atlanta's Buddy Moss, "Guitar Wizard" Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie, Bessie Jackson, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Casey Bill, Georgia Tom, and the jug band duo of Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah, to name just a few.

These discs were originally issued on Perfect, Vocalion, Bluebird, and Decca, labels that adapted their marketing strategies in order to survive the Depression. Paramount Records, on the other hand, failed to adapt and went bust in 1933. Included here are tracks from the tail end of Paramount's production, the 13000 series, records of exceeding rarity. Skip James' "22-20 Blues" of 1931 is an eccentric piano masterpiece, and the Mississippi Sheiks' 1932 version of "New Stop And Listen" is arguably their greatest recording. "Boodle De Bum Bum" by the obscure Ben Curry is only the third known copy of this disc to emerge, and its condition surpasses that of the other two. The trunk's rarest yield was a unique copy of Paramount 13123 by guitar ace Blind Blake, a record unknown to collectors until now.


More here with sound clips, at Old Hat Records.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: ThreeSheds
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 10:58 AM

Send them over and I'll copy them on to cd for you!!!!


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Wesley S
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:02 AM

Wow - what a great story. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:04 AM

And I would love a copy !!!


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Leadbelly
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 12:43 PM

Unbelievable! What a find,

Manfred


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Tweed
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:38 PM

The clips over there are pretty good too, but too danged short as always.

That guy's got a gold mine there. I wonder where they'll end up next.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Peace
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:41 PM

BUT, is it real vinyl?

Man, oh, man. What a find!


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Geoff Wallis
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:45 PM

Er, no, Peace, it'll be real shellac!


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: jeffp
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:49 PM

Or slate.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Peace
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 02:50 PM

YEAH! I can recall some 78s that were almost see-through.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Peace
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 03:10 PM

No idea who this group is. Y'ever hear the song?


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Cool Beans
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 03:54 PM

Peace, I think they recorded BEechwood 4-5789.


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Bobert
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 04:00 PM

Lexdexia strikes again...

I thought they found Blind Blake in the trunk...

But that's purdy cool, Tweezer...


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Peace
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 04:10 PM

Found this on the www. Which gives me a neat idea for a thread.


LINCOLN, R.I. - One-hit wonder Tommy Tutone made the phone number 867-5309 famous in the band's 1982 hit single, which uses the digits over and over in its catchy refrain.

Now, a Rhode Island company and a national firm are battling over the right to use the number, which doesn't reach the "Jenny" that Tutone sings about, but could find callers a decent plumber.

Two years ago, Gem Plumbing & Heating of Lincoln, R.I., trademarked the phone number in the early 1980s hit, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Gem acquired the number in Rhode Island when its original owner, Brown University, gave up 867-5309 after growing weary of the constant prank calls.

Gem's number works in the 401 area code in Rhode Island and the 617 area code in southern Massachusetts.

But Florida-based Clockwork Home Services, also a plumbing company, uses a toll-free version of 867-5309 in New England. They argue a company can only trademark a vanity number, like 1-800-FLOWERS.

Gem won round one in its legal fight over the number when a federal judge in Boston recently barred Clockwork from using the number in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, effective this week. But Clockwork's lawyers said they would fight on.

Tommy "Tutone" Heath told The Boston Globe that he'd prefer if neither company used the number.

"It's ridiculous," said Heath. "If I wanted to get into it, I could probably take the number away from both of them."


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Subject: RE: Blind Blake 78 Found in Steamer Trunk
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 09:45 AM

Why does this never happen tome?
RtS
(when I sing, I sound like a 78 that's been too long in a trunk, & being played with a worn needle!)


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