PARAMOUNT PIANO: Additions and Corrections
Additions and Corrections to Jimmy Blythe's Discography: All agreed with Daniel Gugolz and Paolo Fornara. Thanks also to Max Hoeffner and the Real Blues Forum on Facebook.
ELOISE BENNETT (P.28)
On aural evidence the pianist is definitively Jimmy Blythe on both sides. B&GR suggests Irene Edie who is composer of one of the titles.
BESSIE MAE SMITH
Vocal, acc. by Jimmy Blythe p; Lonnie Johnson g/vn-1. Chicago, December 12 1927
82044-B Creepin’Eel Blues OK 8553
82045-B Ghost Creeping Blues OK 8588
82048-A Boa Constrictor Blues -1 OK 8538
82049-B Dead Sea Blues -1 OK 8553
82050-B Sneakin’ Lizard Blues OK 8538
82051-B My Daddy’s Coffin Blues OK 8588
82052-A Mean Bloodhound Blues OK 8704
82046&47 are by Lillie Delk Christian (no piano).
Vocal, acc. by Jimmy Blythe p; own g. Chicago, December 12 1927
82053-A Sweet Potato Blues OK 8568
82054-B Tombstone Blues OK unissued
B&GR suggests DeLoise Searcy on piano for all the above which is probably the case for Bessie Mae Smith's previous session with Lonnie Johnson which was recorded in St. Louis; but aurally this is definitively Blythe on all issued items. Curiously, Johnson and Blythe also recorded together on that day for Gennett (P. 100).
LUELLA MILLER (P. 98 & 102): Additional sessions:-
Vocal, acc. by Jimmy Blythe p; Edward Hill g; Al Miller mnd. Chicago, July 31, 1928
C-2164-B Jefferson City Blues Voc unissued
C-2165-A Frisco Blues Voc 1202
C-2166-B Brick House Blues Voc 1202
C-2167-B Worried Papa Blues Voc unissued
Vocal, acc. by Jimmy Blythe p. Chicago, August 1, 1928
C-2175-B Wee Wee Daddy Voc 1234
B&GR Lists unknown piano on the above two sessions but aurally this is definitively Blythe on the issued items. C-2174 Chicago Blues which features an unknown violin and, aurally, Al Miller on mandolin or mandola has also been heard but the piano is very basic with nothing to confirm it as by Blythe who also may or may not be on piano on unheard unissued titles C-2173 & C-2177 from this session. Cow Cow Davenport was in the studio on August 1 accompanying Hound Head Henry but he is not the pianist on any of the titles above.