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Yank Rachell

James "Yank" Rachell (March 16, 1903 or 1910 – April 9, 1997) was an American country blues musician who has been called an "elder statesman of the blues." His career as a performer spanned nearly seventy years, from the late 1920s to the 1990s.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 16th, 1910 (Brownsville), Died Indianapolis

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, mandolin, guitar, leader

Notes: Name appears on some Victor disc labels as James Rachel, his birth name.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-55531 10-in. 9/17/1929 Broken hearted, ragged and dirty, too Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with mandolin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-55581 10-in. 9/24/1929 The girl I love she got long curly hair Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with mandolin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-55596 10-in. 9/26/1929 Diving duck blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with mandolin, guitar, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-55597 10-in. 9/26/1929 Little Sarah Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with mandolin, guitar, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer, vocalist  
Victor BVE-56335 10-in. 10/2/1929 Black Mattie blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with harmonica, mandolin, and guitar instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-56336 10-in. 10/2/1929 T-bone steak blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with harmonica, mandolin, and guitar instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-59918 10-in. 5/13/1930 Milk cow blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-59919 10-in. 5/13/1930 Street car blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-59934 10-in. 5/17/1930 Expressman blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-59935 10-in. 5/17/1930 Wadie green blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor BVE-59967 10-in. 5/21/1930 Whatcha' doin' Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-59968 10-in. 5/21/1930 Poor John blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-62547 10-in. 5/30/1930 Stack o' dollars Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-62548 10-in. 5/30/1930 My black gal blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-62549 10-in. 5/30/1930 Ninety pound mama Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor BVE-62550 10-in. 5/30/1930 Sweet mama Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, mandolin, composer  
Victor BVE-64736 10-in. 11/26/1930 Ticket agent blues Noah Lewis' Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BVE-64737 10-in. 11/26/1930 New Minglewood blues Noah Lewis' Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BS-020100 10-in. 3/13/1938 If you ever get lonesome Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-020101 10-in. 3/13/1938 I did everything I could Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-020102 10-in. 3/13/1938 When nights are lonesome Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-020103 10-in. 3/13/1938 Million dollar baby Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-020105 10-in. 3/13/1938 If you only understand Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with piano and mandolin instrumentalist, mandolin  
Victor BS-020107 10-in. 3/13/1938 Walking the avenue Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-020108 10-in. 3/13/1938 Easy goin' mama Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 50 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rachell, Yank," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105486.

Rachell, Yank. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105486.

"Rachell, Yank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105486

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