Richard M. Jones

Richard M. Jones, born Richard Marigny Jones (sometimes written Richard Mariney Jones), (13 June 1892 – 8 December 1945) was a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and record producer. Numerous songs bear his name as author, including "Trouble in Mind".

Jones grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jones suffered from a stiff leg and walked with a limp; fellow musicians gave him the nickname "Richard My Knee Jones" as a pun on his middle name. In his youth he played alto horn in brass bands. His main instrument, however, became the piano. By 1908 he was playing in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans. A few years later, he often led a small band which sometimes included Joe Oliver. Jones also worked in the bands of John Robichaux, Armand J. Piron, and Papa Celestin.

In 1918 Jones moved to Chicago. He worked as Chicago manager for publisher and pianist Clarence Williams. Jones began recording in 1923, making gramophone records as a piano soloist, accompanist to vocalists, and with his bands The Jazz Wizards and The Chicago Cosmopolitans. He recorded for Gennett, OKeh, Victor, and Paramount Records in the 1920s. He also worked for OKeh Records as Chicago supervisor of the company's "Race" (African-American) Records for most of the decade. During this period he was the producer of the very influential Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings led by cornetist (later trumpeter) Louis Armstrong, the most important soloist in early jazz. In the 1930s Jones played a similar management role for Decca.

Richard M. Jones worked for Mercury Records until his death.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 13th, 1892, Died Chicago

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, leader, lyricist, songwriter, arranger, vocalist, speaker

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Vocalion E3886-E3887 10-in. 10/1/1926 Heebie jeebies Royal Flush Orchestra ; Fess Williams Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Decca 90323 10-in. 9/13/1935 Joe Louis chant-2 Jones' Chicago Cosmopolitans arranger, leader  
Decca 90324 10-in. 9/13/1935 Baby O' mine-1 Jones' Chicago Cosmopolitans arranger, leader  
Decca 90715 10-in. 5/11/1936 New Dupree blues Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90716 10-in. 5/11/1936 Daddy let me lay it on you Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90717 10-in. 5/11/1936 New hot nuts Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90718 10-in. 5/11/1936 It must be love Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90719 10-in. 5/12/1936 I just want your stingaree Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90720 10-in. 5/12/1936 Black rider Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90721 10-in. 5/12/1936 I'll keep sittin' on it Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90722 10-in. 5/12/1936 Pigmeat blues Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90723 10-in. 5/12/1936 Trouble in mind Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90724 10-in. 5/15/1936 W.P.A. Blues Teddy Edwards instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90725 10-in. 5/15/1936 Louisiana Teddy Edwards instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90854 10-in. 9/4/1936 Was I drunk? Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90855 10-in. 9/4/1936 No second hand woman Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90856 10-in. 9/9/1936 Gravel in my bed-1 Red Nelson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90857 10-in. 9/9/1936 Gambling man-1 Red Nelson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90858 10-in. 9/9/1936 The girl I left behind Red Nelson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90859 10-in. 9/9/1936 Who put these jinx on me? Red Nelson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90864 10-in. 9/10/1936 The boy in the boat Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 90865 10-in. 9/10/1936 Sinking sun blues Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 91011 10-in. 12/7/1936 Little red wagon Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 91012 10-in. 12/7/1936 Dan the back door man Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 91013 10-in. 12/7/1936 Your hellish way Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 101-125 of 150 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Richard M.," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106200.

Jones, Richard M.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106200.

"Jones, Richard M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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