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|
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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