Little Brother Montgomery

Eurreal Wilford "Little Brother" Montgomery (April 18, 1906 – September 6, 1985) was an American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer.

Largely self-taught, Montgomery was an important blues pianist with an original style. He was also versatile, working in jazz bands, including larger ensembles that used written arrangements. He did not read music but learned band routines by ear—once through an arrangement and he had it memorized.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 18th, 1906 (Kentwood), Died September 6th, 1985 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist, composer

Notes: Often listed on Bluebird labels as "Little Brother," without his surname.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-94418 10-in. 8/10/1935 The woman I love blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-94419 10-in. 8/10/1935 Pleading blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-94420 10-in. 8/10/1935 Vicksburg blues no. 2 Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Victor BS-94421 10-in. 8/10/1935 Mama you don't mean me no good Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano vocalist  
Victor BS-02637 10-in. 10/16/1936 Black pony blues Annie Turner Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02638 10-in. 10/16/1936 Deceived blues Annie Turner Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02639 10-in. 10/16/1936 Workhouse blues Annie Turner Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02640 10-in. 10/16/1936 Hard on you Annie Turner Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02641 10-in. 10/16/1936 Misled blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02642 10-in. 10/16/1936 The first time I met you Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02643 10-in. 10/16/1936 A. & V. Railroad blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02644 10-in. 10/16/1936 Tantalizing blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02645 10-in. 10/16/1936 Vicksburg blues—part 3 Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02646 10-in. 10/16/1936 Louisiana blues—part 2 Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02647 10-in. 10/16/1936 Santa Fe blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02648 10-in. 10/16/1936 Something keeps a-worryin' me Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02649 10-in. 10/16/1936 Out West blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02650 10-in. 10/16/1936 Leaving town blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02651 10-in. 10/16/1936 West Texas blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02652 10-in. 10/16/1936 Never go wrong blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02653 10-in. 10/16/1936 Sorrowful blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02654 10-in. 10/16/1936 Mistreatin' woman blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02655 10-in. 10/16/1936 Chinese man blues Little Brother Montgomery Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02656 10-in. 10/16/1936 Farish Street jive Little Brother Montgomery Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-02657 10-in. 10/16/1936 Crescent City blues Little Brother Montgomery Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 31 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Montgomery, Little Brother," accessed July 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104022.

Montgomery, Little Brother. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104022.

"Montgomery, Little Brother." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104022

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