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A.J. Piron (1888-1943)

A.J. Piron (1888-1943)

Violinist Armand Piron (8-16-1888 to 2-17-1943)  is remembered most today as the early business partner of Clarence Williams. They owned The Piron-Williams Publishing Company in New Orleans that scored a hit with Piron’s song “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” (although Louis Armstrong claims that he wrote it and sold it to them and didn’t receive credit), and published several other songs like “Royal Garden Blues” that became standards of the Jazz bands at that time.

Piron himself started playing professionally in New Orleans in 1904 and led his own band in 1908. Williams and Piron also had a successful vaudeville act, with Piron on the violin and Williams playing piano and singing. Piron joined Papa Celestin’s Tuxedo Orchestra in 1916 and started Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra in 1918. The band traveled to New York in 1923 and returned the following year to play at the Roseland Ballroom. Piron returned to New Orleans and played for many years at the New Orleans Country Club on Lake Pontchartrain, in night clubs, and on Mississippi river boats.

A.J. Piron (1888-1943)

Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra Peerless Orchestra was a pioneering website during the "Information wants to be Free" era of the 1990s. In that spirit we are recovering the lost data from the now defunct site and sharing it with you.
Most of the music in the archive is in the form of MP3s hosted on or the French servers of where this music is all in the public domain.
Files unavailable from those sources we host ourselves. They were made from original 78 RPM records in the hands of private collectors in the 1990s who contributed to the original They were hosted as .ra files originally and we have converted them into the more modern MP3 format. They are of inferior quality to what is available commercially and are intended for reference purposes only. In some cases a Real Audio (.ra) file from will download. Don't be scared! Those files will play in many music programs, but not Windows Media Player.

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