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 51-75 of 111 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W143801 10-in. 3/29/1927 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W145047 10-in. 10/31/1927 Old McDonald had a farm Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W145048 10-in. 10/31/1927 Bile them cabbage down Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W145049 10-in. 10/31/1927 Big ball in town Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W145050 10-in. 10/31/1927 It's a long way to Tipperary Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W145053 10-in. 10/31/1927 Buckin' mule Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W145054 10-in. 10/31/1927 Uncle Bud Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W145055 10-in. 10/31/1927 Polly wolly doodle Skillet Lickers String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W145058 10-in. 11/1/1927 Johnson's old gray mule Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia W146000 10-in. 4/10/1928 Hen cackle Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking and chicken sound effects Musical group  
Columbia W146001 10-in. 4/10/1928 Cumberland Gap Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W146002 10-in. 4/10/1928 Cotton-eyed Joe Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W146003 10-in. 4/10/1928 Black-eyed Susie Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W146004 10-in. 4/10/1928 Prettiest little girl in the county Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W146005 10-in. 4/10/1928 Slow buck Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talk and vocal effects Musical group  
Columbia W146006 10-in. 4/10/1928 Settin' in the chimney jamb Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Columbia W146007 10-in. 4/10/1928 Sal let me chaw your rosin Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talk and male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147253 10-in. 10/22/1928 Liberty Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W147254 10-in. 10/22/1928 Nancy Rollin Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talk Musical group  
Columbia W147255 10-in. 10/22/1928 Old Dan Tucker Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147256 10-in. 10/22/1928 Devilish Mary Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147263 10-in. 10/23/1928 Pretty little widow Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W147264 10-in. 10/23/1928 Fly around my pretty little miss Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Columbia W148200 10-in. 4/8/1929 Mississippi sawyer Clayton McMichen ; Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with talking Musical group  
Columbia W148201 10-in. 4/8/1929 It ain't gonna rain no mo' Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
(Results 51-75 of 111 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Skillet Lickers," accessed July 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

Skillet Lickers. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106155.

"Skillet Lickers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 July 2024.

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

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