The Washboard Rhythm Kings (which had different personnel on each session) played jubilant jazz that defied the soothing musical trend of the early Depression years, featuring a washboard player and usually a couple of horns along with spirited group vocals.
The emphasis was on basic goodtime music that fell between Dixieland and swing.
First, they were named the Alabama Washboard Stompers in 1930, then became The Washboard Rhythm Kings in 1931, and by 1934-1935 the name changed again to Georgia Washboard Stompers.
Some of the personnel have never been identified, but among the known players are guitarist Teddy Bunn; trumpeters Taft Jordan and Valaida Snow; singer Leo Watson; and such regulars as singer Jake Fenderson, Steve Washington on banjo and vocals, and Ben Smith on clarinet and alto.
Hummin' To Myself
A melancholic tune from 1932. Just beautiful!
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Artist: The Washboard Rhythm Kings
Album: [easyazon-link asin=”B0026JK0RQ” locale=”de”]Best of Washboard Rhythm Kings[/easyazon-link]
Tempo: 139 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop
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