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Blind Willie Dunn and his Gin Bottle Four
Blind Willie Dunn and his Gin Bottle FourBlind Willie Dunn was a pseudonym that guitarist Eddie Lang usually used when he teamed up with Lonnie Johnson. Even the songwriter’s credit on these records was listed as Johnson – Dunn instead of listing Lang’s name. It is said that the pseudonym came from a newspaper vendor that Lang was friends with, but some Jazz historians doubt that claim and suggest that the name was a commercial gesture, designed to cash in on the popularity of African-American Blues guitarists like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Blake.

The Gin Bottle Four sessions are no milestone in the history of Jazz, but they did bring together some interesting mixed-race groups that spawned a few funky, feel-good tunes. It is also one King Oliver’s better performances as a sideman, rather than as a band leader.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Handful Of Riffs
(Eddie Lang / Lonnie Johnson)
5-8-1929 New York, New York Okeh 8695
Blue Blood Blues
(Lonnie Johnson)
4-30-1929 New York, New York Okeh 8689
Blue Guitars
(Eddie Lang / Lonnie Johnson)
5-8-1929 New York, New York Okeh 8711
Bull Frog Moan
(Eddie Lang / Lonnie Johnson)
5-15-1929 New York, New York Okeh 8695
Jet Black Blues
(Lonnie Johnson)
4-30-1929 New York, New York Okeh 8689

Blind Willie Dunn and his Gin Bottle Four

Artist Instrument
Hoagy Carmichael Scat Singing, Percusion
J.C. Johnson Piano
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Eddie Lang Guitar
King Oliver Cornet

 

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