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Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)In 1915 Jimmy Blythe (May 20, 1901 – June 14, 1931) moved from his native Kentucky to Chicago. He was an accomplished musician and composer and found a great deal of work as a pianist for Paramount, Vocalion and Gennett. Blythe’s style of playing was influenced by Clarence M. Jones who was his piano teacher.

Blythe was very prolific and accompanied many Jazz and Blues artists such as Ma Rainey and Blind Blake on their recordings. He also produced hundreds of piano rolls for use in nickelodeons for the Capitol Music Roll Company of Chicago. He led dozens of recording sessions, often with Southside musicians like Jimmy Bertrand or Johnny Dodds.

Blythe is considered one of the first Boogie Woogie style piano players, but he was a versatile musician who could handle many diverse styles. The song “Chicago Stomp” is generally considered to be the first recorded example of Boogie Woogie. He died suddenly of epidemic meningitis in 1931.

sss band or session leader

Blythe’s Owls Jimmy Bythe and his Ragamuffins
Blythe’s Washboard Band Blythe’s Washboard Ragamuffins
Blythe’s Sinful Five Midnight Rounders
State Street Ramblers Jimmy Bertrand’s Washboard Wizards
Blythe and Burton Dixie Four
Blythe and Clarke

Jimmy Blythe (1901-1931)

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Alley Rat
(Jimmy Blythe)
3-23-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1181
Armour Ave. Struggle
(Jimmy Blythe)
4-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12207
Chicago Stomp
(Jimmy Blythe)
4-1924 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12207
Fat Meat And Greens
(Jimmy Blythe)
7-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12304
Jimmie Blues
(Jimmy Blythe)
7-1925 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12304
Lovin’s Been Here And Gone To Mecca Flat
(Robinson / Jimmy Blythe / Williams)
5-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12370-B
Mr.Freddie Blues
(H. Shayne)
5-1926 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12370-A
Sweet Papa
(Jimmy Blythe)
3-23-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion 1181

piano rolls

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Barney Google
(Rose / Conrad)
1922 Chicago, Illinois Columbia 607
Girl Of My Dreams 1927 or 1928 Chicago, Illinois Supertone 4189
(I’d Love To Call You) My Sweetheart
(Brown / Schraubstader)
Chicago, Illinois Supertone 5835
I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Banana Blues
(Frank Silver / Irving Cohn)
1922 Chicago, Illinois Supertone 5332
Last Night On The Back Porch
(Brown / Schraubstader)
1923 Chicago, Illinois Supertone 5343
Me Too 1926 Chicago, Illinois Supertone 5851
Mr. Freddie Blues
(J.H. Shayne)
? Chicago, Illinois National Piano Co.
Regal Stomp
(Jimmy Blythe)
3-20-1931 Chicago, Illinois Capitol Music Roll Co.
Regal Stomp
(Jimmy Blythe)
3-20-1931 Chicago, Illinois Capitol Music Roll Co.
Say It While Dancing
(Henry Davis / Abner Silver)
1922 Chicago, Illinois Supertone 5235
Shake That Thing
(Charlie Jackson)
1926 Chicago, Illinois Supertone 5701
Sweet Indiana Home
(Walter Donaldson)
1922 Chicago, Illinois Columbia 395
The Sneak
(Nacio Herb Brown)
1922 Chicago, Illinois Supertone 5245

 

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