Yank Rachell

Yank Rachell (born James A. Rachel; March 16, 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 16, 1910 (Brownsville), Died April 10, 1997 (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 are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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  
Victor BS-020109 10-in. 3/13/1938 Friendless Walter Davis Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-020126 10-in. 3/13/1938 J.L. Dairy blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with harmonica, mandolin, and guitar vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-020127 10-in. 3/13/1938 Rachel blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with harmonica and mandolin vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-020128 10-in. 3/13/1938 Lake Michigan blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with harmonica, mandolin, and guitar vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-020129 10-in. 3/13/1938 I'm wild and crazy as I can be Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with harmonica and guitar vocalist, composer, leader  
Victor BS-020850 10-in. 6/17/1938 When you feel down and out Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and mandolin vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-020851 10-in. 6/17/1938 Texas Tommy Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and mandolin vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-020852 10-in. 6/17/1938 It's all over Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and mandolin vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-020853 10-in. 6/17/1938 My mind got bad Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with harmonica, guitar, and mandolin vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-064104 10-in. 4/3/1941 Hobo blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band and talk vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-064105 10-in. 4/3/1941 It seems like a dream Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with washboard band composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064106 10-in. 4/3/1941 Army man blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-064107 10-in. 4/3/1941 38 pistol blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band and talk composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064108 10-in. 4/3/1941 Worried blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064109 10-in. 4/3/1941 Biscuit baking woman Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064110 10-in. 4/3/1941 Insurance man blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064111 10-in. 4/3/1941 Up North blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band and talk composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-070470 10-in. 12/11/1941 Yellow yam blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  
Victor BS-070471 10-in. 12/11/1941 Tappin' that thing Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  
Victor BS-070472 10-in. 12/11/1941 Rainy days blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  
Victor BS-070473 10-in. 12/11/1941 Peach tree blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  
Victor BS-070474 10-in. 12/11/1941 She loves who she please Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  
Victor BS-070475 10-in. 12/11/1941 Bye bye blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  
Victor BS-070476 10-in. 12/11/1941 Loudella blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  
Victor BS-070477 10-in. 12/11/1941 Katy Lee blues Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with washboard band composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, mandolin  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rachell, Yank," accessed April 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105486.

Rachell, Yank. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105486.

"Rachell, Yank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 April 2024.

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

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