Ransom Knowling

Ransom Knowling (24 June 1912 – 22 October 1967) was an American rhythm and blues musician, best known for playing bass on many blues recordings made in Chicago between the 1930s and 1950s, including those of Arthur Crudup and Little Brother Montgomery.

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and began playing professionally around 1930 in the New Orleans bands led by Sidney Desvigne and Joe Robichaux. As well as bass, he played violin and tuba. By the late 1930s, he had moved to Chicago, and played on many of the blues records made in the city, including those by the Harlem Hamfats, Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, Washboard Sam, Sonny Boy Williamson, T-Bone Walker, Tommy McClennan, and Muddy Waters. He played on Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right", recorded in 1946.

He died in Chicago in 1967, aged 55.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 24th, 1912 (New Orleans), Died October 22nd, 1967 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, tuba

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 164 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-034782 10-in. 5/15/1939 You say it's love Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034783 10-in. 5/15/1939 Bessemer blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034784 10-in. 5/15/1939 Please don't throw me down Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034785 10-in. 5/15/1939 Sad letter blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034786 10-in. 5/15/1939 Booze head woman Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034787 10-in. 5/15/1939 If I had known Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034788 10-in. 5/15/1939 You got to give me some Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034789 10-in. 5/15/1939 Poor old gal blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034790 10-in. 5/15/1939 No good woman blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034791 10-in. 5/15/1939 Nobody knows how bad I feel Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and string bass instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-034792 10-in. 5/15/1939 This time is my time Washboard Sam Male vocal solo, with washboard band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-059150 10-in. 1/22/1941 Give your mama one smile Lil Green Trio Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-059151 10-in. 1/22/1941 My mellow man Lil Green Trio Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-059152 10-in. 1/22/1941 Knockin' myself out Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-059153 10-in. 1/22/1941 I won't sell my love Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064130 10-in. 4/23/1941 Why don't you do it right? Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064131 10-in. 4/23/1941 Love me Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064132 10-in. 4/23/1941 I'm going to copyright your kisses Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064133 10-in. 4/23/1941 What's the matter with love? Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064134 10-in. 4/23/1941 Country boy blues Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064135 10-in. 4/23/1941 How can I go on Lil Green Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064182 10-in. 6/24/1941 Georgia, Georgia blues Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064183 10-in. 6/24/1941 I got a right to be blue Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064184 10-in. 6/24/1941 Don't deal with the devil Big Maceo ; Ransom Knowling ; Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-064185 10-in. 6/24/1941 She's love crazy Tampa Red Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 164 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Knowling, Ransom," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105976.

Knowling, Ransom. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105976.

"Knowling, Ransom." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105976

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