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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 OwlsJimmy Bythe and his Ragamuffins
Blythe’s Washboard BandBlythe’s Washboard Ragamuffins
Blythe’s Sinful FiveMidnight Rounders
State Street RamblersJimmy Bertrand’s Washboard Wizards
Blythe and BurtonDixie Four
Blythe and Clarke

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

piano rolls

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Barney Google
(Rose / Conrad)
1922Chicago, IllinoisColumbia 607
Girl Of My Dreams1927 or 1928Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 4189
(I’d Love To Call You) My Sweetheart
(Brown / Schraubstader)
Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 5835
I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Banana Blues
(Frank Silver / Irving Cohn)
1922Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 5332
Last Night On The Back Porch
(Brown / Schraubstader)
1923Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 5343
Me Too1926Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 5851
Mr. Freddie Blues
(J.H. Shayne)
?Chicago, IllinoisNational Piano Co.
Regal Stomp
(Jimmy Blythe)
3-20-1931Chicago, IllinoisCapitol Music Roll Co.
Regal Stomp
(Jimmy Blythe)
3-20-1931Chicago, IllinoisCapitol Music Roll Co.
Say It While Dancing
(Henry Davis / Abner Silver)
1922Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 5235
Shake That Thing
(Charlie Jackson)
1926Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 5701
Sweet Indiana Home
(Walter Donaldson)
1922Chicago, IllinoisColumbia 395
The Sneak
(Nacio Herb Brown)
1922Chicago, IllinoisSupertone 5245

 

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