Skillet Lickers

The Skillet Lickers were an old-time band from Georgia, United States.

When Gid Tanner teamed up with blind guitarist Riley Puckett and signed to Columbia in 1924, they created the label's earliest so-called "hillbilly" recording. Gid Tanner formed The Skillet Lickers in 1926. The first line-up was Gid Tanner, Riley Puckett, Clayton McMichen and Fate Norris. Between 1926 and 1931 they recorded 88 sides for Columbia, with 82 of them commercially issued. Later members were Lowe Stokes, Bert Layne, Hoke Rice, Arthur Tanner and Hoyt "Slim" Bryant. Their best-selling single was "Down Yonder", a hillbilly breakdown, in 1934 on RCA Victor. They disbanded in 1931, but reformed for occasional recordings after a couple of years with a changing line-up. "Back Up and Push" was another well-known recording. The Skillet Lickers, together with fellow North Georgians Fiddlin' John Carson and the Georgia Yellow Hammers, made Atlanta and North Georgia an early center of old-time string band music, especially the hard-driving fiddle-based style employed by each of these performers.

Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1926

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Notes: Leader, Gid Tanner.

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 111 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W142035 10-in. 4/17/1926 Bully of the town Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W142036 10-in. 4/17/1926 Pass around the bottle and we'll all take a drink Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal trio Musical group  
Columbia W142037 10-in. 4/17/1926 Alabama jubilee Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and guitar Musical group  
Columbia W142038 10-in. 4/17/1926 Watermelon on the vine Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio Musical group  
Columbia W142039 10-in. 4/17/1926 Don't you hear Jerusalem moan Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W142040 10-in. 4/17/1926 Ya gotta quit kickin' my dog aroun' Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo, male vocal duet, and dog sound effect Musical group  
Columbia W142041 10-in. 4/17/1926 Turkey in the straw Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143019 10-in. 11/2/1926 Polly woddle doo Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143020 10-in. 11/2/1926 Rock road to Milledgeville Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band Musical group  
Columbia W143021 10-in. 11/2/1926 Uncle Bud Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143026 10-in. 11/3/1926 Dance all night with a bottle in your hand Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W143027 10-in. 11/3/1926 She'll be coming 'round the mountain Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143028 10-in. 11/3/1926 I don't love nobody Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143029 10-in. 11/3/1926 Hop light ladies Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143030 10-in. 11/3/1926 I got mine Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo, male vocal trio, and talk Musical group  
Columbia W143031 10-in. 11/3/1926 Shortening bread Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143032 10-in. 11/3/1926 Old Joe Clark Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W143785 10-in. 3/28/1927 Casey Jones Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143786 10-in. 3/28/1927 The wreck of the Southern Old '97 Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143795 10-in. 3/29/1927 Dixie Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143796 10-in. 3/29/1927 Run, nigger, run Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143797 10-in. 3/29/1927 The girl I left behind me Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143798 10-in. 3/29/1927 The old gray mare Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143799 10-in. 3/29/1927 John Henry Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W143800 10-in. 3/29/1927 Drink 'er down Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
(Results 26-50 of 111 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Skillet Lickers," accessed July 25, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

Skillet Lickers. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

"Skillet Lickers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 25 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155

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