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Halfway House Orchestra

The Halfway House Orchestra was named after a dancehall called the Halfway House that was halfway between New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.

Halfway House Orchestra
Halfway House Orchestra Left to right: Charlie Cordella, Mickey Marcour, Leon Roppolo , Abbie Brunies, Bill Eastwood, Joe Loyacano, Leo Adde.

The group was led by Abbie Brunies, brother of George BruniesBarataria and Pussy Cat Rag are the last recordings of Leon Roppolo. Members of the Halfway House Orchestra also appear on one other record accompanying singer Alberta Brown. Another of the Brunies brothers, Merritt led the Friars Inn Orchestra.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Barataria
(Leo Adde / Bill Eastwood)
1-22-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Okeh
40318-B
I Don’t Want To Remember
(unknown)
4-15-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana VJM
If I Didn’t Have You
(Glyn Lea Long)
12-17-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia 1959-D
I Hate Myself For Lovin’ You
(unknown)
4-26-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
It Belongs To You
(Albert Brunies / Glyn Lea Long)
4-13-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
1041-D
I’ll Go Back To That Dear Old Pal O’ Mine
(unknown)
4-27-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
I’m In Love
(Albert Brunies / Glyn Lea Long)
4-13-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
681-D
I Want Somebody To Love
(Glyn Lea Long)
10-24-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
1263-D
Just Pretending
(Glyn Lea Long)
12-17-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
1959-D
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(Friedman / Whitson)
9-25-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
476-D
Let Your Lips Touch My Lips
(unknown)
4-26-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
Love Dreams
(Brown)
4-26-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
1542-D
Maple Leaf Rag
(Scott Joplin)
9-25-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
New Orleans Shuffle
(Bill Whitmore)
9-25-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
541-D
Pussy Cat Rag
(Albert Brunies / Charlie Cordilla / Mackie Marcour)
1-22-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Okeh
40318-A
Since You’re Gone
(Levy / Glyn Lea Long)
4-13-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
Snookum
(Bennett)
4-13-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
1041-D
Squeeze Me
(Fats Waller / Clarence Williams)
9-25-1925 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
541-D
Tell Me Who
Vocal refrain by Johnnie Saba

(Albert Brunies / Paley / Van Hook)
4-27-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
1542-D
When I’m Blue
(Glyn Lea Long)
10-24-1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
1263-D
Won’t You Be My Loving Baby?
(unknown)
4-15-1926 New Orleans, Louisiana BRS
Wylie Avenue Blues
(Albert Brunies / Diaz / Mistier)
4-27-1928 New Orleans, Louisiana Columbia
01437

Halfway House Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Sidney Arodin Clarinet, Tin Whistle
Leo Adde Drums
Albert Brunies Cornet, Leader
Charlie Cordella Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Eastwood Banjo
Glyn Lea “Red” Long Clarinet
Mackie Marcour Piano
Chink Martin Tuba, Bass
Angelo Palmisano Banjo
Emmett Rodgers Drums
Leon Roppolo Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Saba Vocals
Bill Whitmore Piano

 

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