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The Dixie Serenaders was the band that Sonny Clay assembled after he returned from Australia in 1928. Notes from the recording session indicate that the band was called Sonny Clay’s Hartford Ballroom Orchestra at the time of this recording. Most discographies say that these recordings were made in 1931, but Sonny Clay insisted that they were recorded in 1929.


TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
(Sonny Clay)
1929Los Angeles, CaliforniaChampion 16365
River, Stay ‘Way From My Door1929Los Angeles, CaliforniaChampion 16341
St Louis Blues
(W.C. Handy)
1929Los Angeles, CaliforniaChampion 16365
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
(Leon Rene / Otis Rene / Clarence Muse)
1929Los Angeles, CaliforniaChampion 16341

Sonny ClayPiano, Leader
Leonard DavidsonClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Doc HartTrumpet
Herman HoyBass Brass
James “King” PorterTrumpet
Carlton WadeClarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Frank WatkinsBanjo, Vocal
Sherman WilliamsClarinet, Alto Saxophone


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